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
Local: 517.346.8460
TTY: 517.267.7623
Mental Health Crisis
  • Children's Services
    Children's Services

    Counseling services are offered to children struggling with severe emotional or behavioral problems, adolescents and their families who are experiencing disruptions in their functioning within the home, school, and/or community.

Families Forward of the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) has been providing services to children and their families for over 30 years. We offer a wide array of treatment options designed to meet the needs of families with children who struggle with emotional disturbance and behavioral concerns.

Our services include:

  • outpatient therapy at sites in each of the three counties
  • intensive in-home treatment for school-aged children
  • in-home treatment specific to the needs of young children ages 0 to 6
  • children’s emergency services and evaluations for psychiatric hospitalization

Other therapeutic services may include children’s psychiatric and medication services, overnight respite, parenting skills groups, and supports designed to promote children’s participation in community activities. We have therapists trained in a variety of promising therapeutic practices and evidence-based practices including PMTO, Trauma Focused treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Love and Logic, Aggression Interruption Training and the Seven Challenges approach to addressing substance use.

Underlying all of the services offered through CMHA-CEI Families Forward is our dual commitment to a strength-based treatment approach and to developing a plan for treatment that is centered on each family’s goals and identified needs. We strongly believe that, despite how overwhelming things can be at times, every family has strengths to build on to improve their quality of life and reach their goals. Helping families find those strengths and plan for the specific changes they desire is the cornerstone of our treatment philosophy and approach.

CMHA-CEI children’s programs serve children 0 through 17 who have a severe emotional disturbance. These are typically children struggling in a variety of areas including home, school and the community. We assist children with mood and behavior disorders and children who are thought to pose a danger to themselves or others. We use an assessment tool in combination with a face to face interview to determine whether children qualify for our services and what level of treatment we are able to offer. We primarily serve persons with Medicaid but are able to take families with private insurance into some of our programs on an ability to pay basis. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.



Childrens Outpatient Service

Children’s Outpatient Services offers mental health therapy for children ages 3 to 17 and their families at our offices in Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte. Children and adolescents seen in outpatient services typically have a moderate to mild emotional or behavioral problem.
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Early Intervention Services

(EIS) provides in-home mental health services and supports for families with infants, toddlers or preschoolers experiencing significant distress. Early Intervention Services has two home-based programs serving families in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.
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Family Guidance Service

Family Guidance Service (FGS) provides in-home therapy to families who have school-aged children with serious mental, behavioral, or emotional challenges. Typically, the children have difficulty functioning in their everyday life and are at risk for needing psychiatric hospitalization or other mental health placements. Our goal at FGS is to help parents safely maintain their children in their homes and communities, providing children the best opportunities to achieve healthy and productive lives.
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Cost for Services

CMHA-CEI provides specialty behavioral health and substance use services for people who meet criteria for our service array. We accept Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan and other publically funded health insurance. Fees are assessed based on the client's ability to pay. A coverage determination will identify a person's ability to pay along with any public funding that might be available.

Please contact Access (1-888-800-1559 or 517-346-8318) for eligibility determination.

CMHA-CEI does not offer stand-alone psychiatry services.


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20-12-2012 Hits:9429 Kids Testimonials Jason Moon

My child has progressed so much since we started therapy through CMH – Families Forward.  Thank you so much for your help!

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Satisfied Client

20-12-2012 Hits:9650 Kids Testimonials Jason Moon

Our therapist is a wonderful woman who has helped my child make immense progress in only the short time we have been working with her.  I really enjoy seeing my child make progress while interacting with her therapist.  Your program is amazingly helpful, and I am so thankful I found help with CMH – Families Forward.  Thank you for all you do.

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Satisfied Client

20-12-2012 Hits:9846 Kids Testimonials Jason Moon

We love our therapist.  She has become a support to our whole family.  I feel I can trust her and share my hardest moments.  Our child feels safe talking with her and she understand when he is too anxious.  My husband and other two children also open up to her.  I am truly grateful for her support.

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Families Forward has been providing services to children and their families for over 30 years. We offer a wide array of treatment options designed to meet the needs of families with children who struggle with emotional disturbance and behavioral concerns.


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