Mental Health Diversion Council

Created by Executive Order 2013-7, the Mental Health Diversion Council was created in the Michigan Department of Community Health to advise and assist in the implantation of the Diversion Action Plan and provide recommendations for statutory, contractual or procedural changes to improve diversion.  The Council is comprised of 14 members appointed by the Governor for four-year terms, although initial appointments are for either two, three or four-year terms. 



Contact Information

Steven M. Mays
Diversion Administrator
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health Diversion Council Liaison 
320 S. Walnut Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-241-3302


Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Term expires 1/30/19

Debra Pinals, Ann Arbor
Designee of the Department of Health and Human Services
Term expires 1/30/19

Lia Gulick, Wheeler
Represents the Department of Corrections
Term expires 1/30/19

Steve Kempker, Zeeland
Represents County Sheriffs
Term expires 1/30/23
Betsy Hardwick, Horton
Represents Community prisoner or jail Re-Entry
Term expires 1/30/20
Milton L. Mack, Wayne
Represents the State Court Administrative Office
Term expires 1/30/20
Willie Brooks, Rochester Hills
Represents Medicaid pre-paid inpatient health plan
Term expires 1/30/20
Ross Buitendorp, Grand Rapids
Represents adult service agencies and/or providers from a local community mental health service program
Term expires 1/30/20
Curtis Bell, Kalamazoo
Represents the judiciary
Term expires 1/30/20
Christopher Becker, Ada
Represents prosecutors
Term expires 1/30/21
George Strander, Albion
Represents court administrators
Term expires 1/30/21
Larry Cameron, Southfield
Represents advocates of consumer representatives
Term expires 1/30/21
Jon Gale, Twin Lake
Represents local law enforcement
Term expires 1/30/21
Christopher Cooke, Traverse City
Represents licensed attorneys
Term expires 1/30/21
Michele Bell, Midland
Represents advocates of consumer representatives on juvenile justices issues
Term expires 1/30/22

Soleil Campbell, Okemos
Designee of the Department of Health and Human Services
Term expires 1/30/22

Ronald Derrer, Grand Rapids
Represent juvenile mental health treatment practitioners
Term expires 1/30/22

John Searles, Wheeler
Represent school systems
Term expires 1/30/22