Michigan Mental Health Commission to Hold Public Forums

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

March 30, 2004

The Michigan Mental Health Commission will hold its first public forum in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, April 7, 2004 to gather public comment on ways to improve the public mental health system.

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed the Mental Health Commission to recommend sweeping changes in both the delivery of service and effectiveness of Michigan’s mental health network. Four public forums are scheduled for Commission members to hear directly from citizens on ways to improve the system.

Additional public forums will be held in Detroit, Flint and Marquette.

The Grand Rapids Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2004, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Conference Centers, Western Michigan University, Grand Hall, 200 Ionia Avenue, SW, Grand Rapids.

The Commission also welcomes public comment via their website at www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth and is accepting written comments through the mail at: Michigan Mental Health Commission c/o Public Sector Consultants 600 W. Saint Joseph Street, Suite 10 Lansing, MI 48933

Comments may also be faxed to: (517) 484-6549. Persons needing accommodations to testify should call (517) 241-2112 by April 5 so advance arrangements can be made.

The Michigan Mental Health Commission, a temporary body appointed by executive order, is currently re-evaluating the state’s publicly funded mental health system with the ultimate goal of using its recommendations to transform Michigan’s mental health system into a national model.

The commission is comprised of mental health consumers, advocates, providers, representatives from law enforcement and the courts, policymakers, and the public.

The Commission’s website is located at www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth