The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards was created in 1967 to support county mental health services programs (CMHSPs) in promoting, maintaining and improving a comprehensive range of community-based mental health services, which enhance the quality of life, promote the emotional well-being, and contribute to healthy and secure communities which benefit all of Michigan’s citizens. Services managed and delivered by CMHSPs are designed to assist individuals in achieving, maintaining and maximizing their potential. They are provided in accordance with the principles of person-centered planning.
Membership of the Association is open to all forty six CMHSPs, which cover all 83 counties in Michigan. CMH Board Members and Executive Directors of member boards serve on the Association's Executive Board and on a variety of other committees that study issues affecting the public mental health system.
The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards takes part in a variety of activities to support CMHSPs including:
Improving the quality and accessibility of community-based public mental health services Exploring problems of common interest to CMHSPs and providing opportunities for exchange of ideas Promoting effective relationships between CMHSPs and the Governor, the Legislature, and advocacy groups Providing a means by which CMHSPs may speak as a group on matters affecting Michigan's public mental health system Enhancing public awareness of and support for community mental health programs
CMHSPs are established by the Mental Health Code — Act 258 of the Public Acts of 1974 as amended. These single or multi-county boards are responsible for planning, monitoring, and implementing mental health programs for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Mental health professionals provide services 24 hours a day, regardless of ability to pay.
As the gatekeepers of the public mental health system, CMH provides individualized planning for the mental health care of county residents. Your local community mental health board is there when you need them because mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders can affect anyone.