Michigan Mental Health Commission to Hold Public Forums - Detroit Forum to be held April 14, 2004

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

April 12, 2004

The Michigan Mental Health Commission will hold a public forum in Detroit on Wednesday, April 14, 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.

The Detroit Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center, 02-44 Oakland Hall, 2nd Floor Rooms 44 and 33, One Washington Boulevard.

Four public forums are scheduled for Commission members to hear directly from citizens on ways to improve the system. One forum was already held in Grand Rapids. Two additional public forums will be held in Flint and Marquette.

Due to time constraints and the Commission’s desire to hear from as many people as possible, individuals will be limited to 3-4 minutes each.

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 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