Mental Health Crisis Help

Community Mental Health offers walk in or call crisis 24 Hours a Day (Walk-in services are for those in immediate crisis and cannot wait for an appointment). Contact Us to get directions to the CMH Building. Crisis services provides crisis intervention, assessment, and screening for voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
Toll Free: 800.372.8460
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2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award

Dr. Myrtle Yoshinaga was a fellow clinician and supervisor, a colleague and a leader. She inspired all who came to know her to strive for excellence in their clinical work. This award is perpetuated in her memory, hoping to foster the professional values which she held and encouraged through her clinical excellence and dedication. It is a honor to be nominated for outstanding clinical work. 

CEC would also like to congratulate all nominees of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award: 

(Listed in left to right in the picture: Michelle Sherens/CSDD, Kathleen Locmelis/CSDD, Nora Higgins/CSDD, Barbara Groom/CSDD, John Berres/AMHS, Dorothy Archambeau /CSDD, Pam Dunckel/ FamForward).

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The winner of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award is Barbara Groom, LLP Autism Coordinator/Wardcliff Abilities Center/CSDD.

2015 Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award

Once every other year, the Clinical Excellence Committee will select a CMHA staff person to receive deserved recognition for the time and energy expended in helping people in the community and/or their work environment beyond that called for in their job.

The 2015 winner of the Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award was Bill Zimmer.

2015 Gil DeRath Winner


The 2015 nominees were (listed from left to right):

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Katharine Wilson, Crisis Services/AMHS
Jimmie Harris, DO Various programs/AMHS
Erin Parcell, MA LPC Transitions GL/CSDD
Cynthia Borgman, LMSW Outreach CMS/AMHS
Jill Brown, LMSW Older Adult Services/AMHS
Kelsey Dowty, LLMSW EIP/FamForward
Bill Zimmer, Charter House/AMHS
Justin Hodges, LLMSW FGS/FamForward
Bruce King, House of Commons/SAS
Judy Hazle, Executive Administration/GA
Kim Reed, Life Consultation/CSDD

State Sponsored Poetry Contest

The State is having a Poetry contest and has asked the CMH’s to provide one poem for each county.  CMHA-CEI did a Poetry contest in November, 2014 and we have two winners.  One person is from Ingham county and the other is from Eaton county.  There was no entry for Clinton county.  Both people receive services from CMHA-CEI and won a $25 gift card and then their poems were sent on to the state.  The Public Relations workgroup will decide which poems they will include in a book or possibly to showcase along with the artwork around the state.  You can read the winning poems by clicking on the links below.


 icon Poetry Contest Winner 2014/2015 - Lifes Way

icon Poetry Contest Winner 2014/2015 - Schizophrenics Anonymous

Birch Health Center featured in The Center for Health Design Magazine

The health care environment, always in flux, has been changing even more rapidly over the past several years, with a focus on improved integration between physical and behavioral health care.  In an effort to shape and respond to these changes, the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMH) has, for the past several years, embarked on a number of initiatives, spanning many dimensions of the organization’s operations.  A recent article in The Center for Health Design Magazine highlights The Ingham Community Health Center's BIRCH Center, housed within our main campus. Click HERE to view the article.

Through collaborative efforts between Community Mental Health, Michigan State University, the Sparrow Family Medicine Residency Program and the Ingham County Health Department’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), a primary care health center housed within CMH became fully operational in July of 2013. This health center is designed to focus on serving the chronic, acute, and well-check needs of CMH consumers who have little or no access to primary care. Between its official launch in April 2013, and the most recent count in June 2014, BIRCH Center has a total of 491 patients.

Our collaborative workgroup began looking at the barriers to accessing primary care for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.  The common barriers were issues of stigma, cost of treatment, transportation and problems with appointment scheduling.  In creating BIRCH (Building Inter-professional Relationships for Community Health) we hope to bridge these and other gaps in obtaining healthcare for many in our community.  

View the full article from The Center for Health Design Magazine.

Basic Points of Recovery

1. Pre-Recovery (basic needs come first)

  • A person needs the basic essentials of life, including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care before they can begin their “Recovery” journey

2.  Treatment for Symptoms of Mental Illness

  •  Accepting one’s mental illness and the need for treatment
  •  Understanding a diagnosis and what it means
  •  Understanding the purpose and side-effects of medication
  •  Understanding, choosing and utilizing treatment and supports
  •  All of the above are important for “Recovery”

Read more: Basic Points of Recovery

Ideas to Help Seniors Maintain Social Connections

Ideas to Help Seniors Mantian Social Connections 

Older adults may face a higher risk of finding themselves isolated from friends and family even when they were once very social. Children and grandchildren grow up and move away. When we retire, we are cut off from daily interactions we once had. Disabilities can make it even more challenging to keep up the same level of activity we once knew. It is important to maintain social connections in these situations. Interactions with others has been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits.

Social Apps and Technology

Sometimes distance is the biggest factor in keeping us from seeing our loved ones as often as we would like. Consider using social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram to stay in touch with friends and family from across the world. Skype is another way great way to connect with people as it is very intuitive, and it allows you to make connections with a system similar to a phone call with the added benefit of video and messaging.

Volunteer in Your Community

Retirement does not need to leave you feeling restless and without a way to spend your time. Stay active in your community by volunteering at your local animal shelter, food charity, or library. Organizations such as Senior Corp offer people 55 and up with training and connections to charities that are tailored to your interests. Senior Corp recognizes that retirees have a lot of skills and knowledge that make them very valuable to charities that are in need of help.

Get a Pet to Keep You Company

Studies have shown that the presence of a dog or cat can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Dogs can also open the door to social interactions when you take your pet for a walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park. If you have a disability that might make it more difficult to give your dog walks yourself, finding a reliable dog walker or sitter will enable you to have the benefits of pet ownership without the responsibility of having to provide exercise or full-time care.

Join a Club

A club is a great way to connect with other people who share your interests such as hobbies, reading, or cooking. If you can’t find a club or group in your area that fits what you are looking for, look into starting one yourself. There is often free meeting space in your community at your local library, a church, or public school.  You can also host a smaller group in your home.

Assisted Living

Most facilities provide activities that encourage socialization among its residents. While the transition to a care facility may take some adjustment time, be sure to take advantage of these programs when they are available. You may initially feel cut off from the people you are close to, but you are also around others that may feel the same way you do. Take the time to meet new people and participate in gatherings and outings when they become available.

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Charter House 38th Year Anniversary Party

Charter House 38th Year Anniversary Party

Charter House opened its doors on April 14th 1978.  It was the first clubhouse in Michigan.  We celebrated this event at the club house this year.  Over 60 people attended (even the Channel 10 News) and it was a great event!  What is a Clubhouse?  It is a place where we come to learn how to work together. We work every day as a team to make us better people.  It is a place where we recover from things we are struggling with.  It is a place where we get back on our feet.  You might be wondering how to get involved.  You need to be 18 years old and have lived with or are currently living with a mental illness. You also need to have Healthy Michigan or Medicaid.  If this sounds like you then come check us out

Below is the link to the story about Charter House which was on the news


Mental Health Court: a 55th District Court and CMHA-CEI Collaborative Initiative

The City Pulse profiles a grant funded program that was developed and implemented in the Fall of 2013 to provide specialized probation and integrated behavioral health services to individuals with non-violent legal charges and mental health treatment needs.  The goals of this program are to support individuals in successfully completing probation, to avoid unnecessary jail time and associated costs, to address a range of health care needs, to reduce court recidivism, and to identify meaningful short and long term objectives for themselves to pursue during and after program involvement.  

Click here to read the full City Pulse article.

A Personal Story of Recovery

As part of its May, 2014 media coverage of Mental Health Awareness Month, Joe Linstroth with WKAR Radio interviewed Ms. Jerri Nicole Wright for its Current State program about her experiences living with and managing  a serious and persistent mental illness.  From encountering stigma to overcoming obstacles to her well being, Ms. Wright bravely conveys the complexities and challenges people with mental health issues often face.  You can hear her personal, moving story by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training through CMHA-CEI

Mr. Kevin Lavery with WKAR’s Current State radio program interviewed Mark Philips, a recovery specialist with CMHA-CEI, on 5/30/14 as a part of a series for Mental Health Awareness Month.  Mark Phillips describes the goals of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training program, answers questions on signs and symptoms of youth mental health disorders, and reviews action steps trainees who complete this training may take to offer support and assistance to youth.  He also discusses anticipated outcomes of this grant funded training program.  Individuals interested in this training program may contact CMHA-CEI customer service at 517-346-8244 or  for upcoming trainings.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.

Guiding Principles of Recovery

Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) is dedicated to helping adults with mental health issues gain greater control over their lives and become more actively involved in their recovery process.  Using the principles of person-centered planning, staff will help you identify supports to assist you on your road to recovery.  These supports may include case management, therapy, medication management, support groups, Peer Support Services, day program, clubhouse and vocational assistance, housing assistance as well as life skills training.   Since services are person-centered, you will be an active participant in making decisions about your care.

SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, has identified 10 key guiding principles of recovery and it is the mission of AMHS to incorporate these guiding principles of recovery into all service provided at AMHS.

These principles are:

Hope: Hope is the catalyst of the recovery process. The belief that recovery is possible is the essential motivation for the services AMHS provides and our vision is that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges that confront them.

Self determination:  Person-centered planning is one of the key aspects AMHS utilizes in helping individuals exercise choice over the services and supports that assist their recovery and increase their resilience.

Responsibility: Individuals are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own journeys of recovery, and their strengths and resources are a foundation AMHS helps support through providing opportunities and resources.

Respect: Taking steps toward recovery requires great courage; AMHS believes that societal acceptance and appreciation for those affected by mental health and substance abuse issues is crucial to recovery.

Support:  Peers, professionals and allies provide a range of resources to assist people in the process of recovery. Mutual support and mutual aid groups, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, are invaluable in recovery.  Peer support services provide important resources to assist those in recovery.

Resilience:  Recovery is often non-linear, characterized by continual growth and improved functioning that may involve unanticipated changes and challenges. Setbacks are a natural, but not inevitable, part of the recovery process; AMHS believes it is essential to foster resilience through creating a supportive environment.

Holistic:  AMHS embraces the belief that recovery is holistic, and that it encompasses an individual's whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community.

Relationships:  Family members, peers, providers, spiritual groups and other allies are vital supports who offer hope and encouragement, as well as strategies and resources for recovery.

Diversity:  Cultural background including values, traditions and beliefs are integral in determining a person's unique journey. AMHS strives to provide services that are culturally attuned, sensitive, and competent.

Trauma- Informed Care:  Trauma experiences such as domestic violence, disasters, and physical or sexual abuse are often associated with substance abuse and mental health issues. AMHS provides trauma- informed care through continuing education and information, and fosters physical and emotional safety in the course of treatment, valuing trust, empowerment, and collaboration.

Charter House Clubhouse Advocating for Mental Health

Charter House Clubhouse has been actively advocating for mental health.  

Clubhouse members are seen below with Senator Gretchen Whitmer.


Senator Whitmer with CharterHouse Members 

Integrated Care Iniative

The intent of the CMHA-CEI Integrated Care Initiative is to enhance the availability of mental health treatment services to patients of the various county Health Department clinics as well as primary care clinics within the Tri-County Area. The goal is to provide brief, evidence based, effective, outcome focused, services which are coordinated with primary care services in a fully integrated manner.

The co-located project with the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) has continued to operate to capacity with three Mental Health Therapists located at three ICHD sites and recently experienced the exciting addition of four hours of consultative psychiatry to the main ICHD Adult Services location on S. Cedar.

Read more: Integrated Care Iniative

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