Michigan Mental Health Commission to Hold Public Forums - Flint Forum to be held April 20, 2004

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

April 16, 2004

The Michigan Mental Health Commission will hold a public forum in Flint on Tuesday, April 20, 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. Forums have already been held in Grand Rapids and Detroit and another will be held March 29 in Marquette.

The Flint Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2004, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Mott Community College, in the Ballroom of the Prahl Conference Center, located at 1402 East Court Street, Flint.

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.

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.