In June of 2016, the Legislation Committee combined with the Policy Committee to form one single committee now known as the "Legislation & Policy Committee". This committee reviews bills and other legislation introduced by the Michigan House and Senate regarding mental health and related issues.  It also reviews various policies - including Medicaid and others, introduced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Current Committee Members


  • Jim Shotwell, LifeWays CMH
  • Vacant, Director position

Regional Appointees (from Legislation Committee):

  • Willie Brooks, Oakland Community Health Network
  • William Davie, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Christine Gebhard, North Country CMH
  • Robert Lathers, The Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness
  • Maribeth Leonard, LifeWays CMH
  • Harold Mast, network180
  • Vicki Mikkola, Copper Country CMH Services
  • James Newmann, Monroe CMH Authority
  • Ed Rieves, St. Clair County CMH Services
  • Sr. Augusta Stratz, North Country CMH
  • Steffan Taub, Oakland Community Health Network

Regional Appointees (from Policy Committee):

  • David Beck, AuSable Valley CMH Authority (Co Vice-Chair)
  • Diane Boulais, West Michigan CMH System
  • Robert Boyd, North Country CMH
  • Lori Curtiss, Lapeer County CMH Authority
  • Debra Johnson, St. Clair County CMH Services
  • Jim Johnson, Region 10 PIHP
  • John Kinch, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Gerald McCole, Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare
  • Brian Negovan, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Tammy Quillan, Montcalm Care Network
  • Kay Randolph-Back, CMHA of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties
  • Mary Swift, Pathways Community Mental Health

To become a member of the Legislation & Policy Committee, email Monique at

2017 Committee Schedule (9:30am)

  • September 20
  • November 15

Legislation/Policy September 2016 Summary

Legislation/Policy November 2016 Summary

Legislation/Policy January 2017 Summary

Legislation/Policy March 2017 Summary

Legislation/Policy April 2017 Summary

Legislation/Policy June 2017 Summary