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School Safety and Mental Health Commission

Created by the FY22-23 School Aid budget, the School Safety and Mental Health Commission will collaborate to provide recommendations to reduce youth suicides and strengthen the mental health of school-aged children, adolescents, and their families through a comprehensive, statewide approach. The Commission will seek input from educational professionals, mental health professionals, and organizations from across this state to suggest approaches to identify and support students at risk of behavioral health issues. 

The Commission consists of individuals appointed by the Governor and individuals appointed from recommendations by the Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader. Additionally, designees from the Department of Education, Michigan State Police, and the Department of Health and Human Services will serve as members of the Commission. Appointees will bring a wide-range of experience including mental health treatment, school-threat assessment, law enforcement, parents, and teachers. 

 
After the initial appointments, members will serve 4-year terms. 
 
 

Statute

Current Members

 
Patrick R. Green, New Baltimore
Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House who are parents
Term expires 10/1/24 

Jason Russell, Middleville
Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House with a background in law enforcement
Term expires 10/1/24

Rosa M. Thomas, Milford
Represents a member submitted by the House Minority Leader with experience in school mental health
Term expires 10/1/24

Daveda J. Colbert, Ph.D., Farmington Hills
Represents members with a background in school administration
Term expires 10/1/26 
 
Alyse F. Ley, M.D., Okemos
Represents members with experience in school-threat assessments
Term expires 10/1/26 
 
Nasuh Malas, M.D., Ann Arbor
Represents members with experience in the provision of inpatient treatment to children under age 18 
Term expires 10/1/26 

Jennifer Taiariol, Ph.D., South Lyon 
Represents a member submitted by the Senate Minority Leader who is a school psychologist or psychiatrist
Term expires 10/1/26 

Vacant
Represents a member submitted by the Senate Majority Leader who is a prosecutor

Vacant
Represents a member submitted by the Senate Majority Leader who is a teacher

Additional Members:

Elizabeth Hertel

Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Col. Joe Gasper
Director, Michigan State Police (MSP)
Non-voting, ex-officio
Designee: Lt. Col. Chris Kelenske, MSP

Dr. Michael Rice
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
Non-voting, ex-officio
Designee: Aimee Alaniz, MDE