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.


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 problems with adjusting to loss and change, may be dealing with feelings such as depression or anxiety, or they may struggle with challenging behaviors at home, school, or in the community.

Children's Outpatient Services has therapists who are skilled at working with children, adolescents and families. Our therapists help families find solutions to their problems that are effective, build on their strengths, and fit for their family.

Services are confidential, although contact with schools, doctors, or other involved agencies can be made, with a parent's permission, in order to coordinate services. This is done as a way to make the services more effective and to be sure that everyone involved is working in the same direction.

Children and families often meet together with the therapist in family sessions. Families know their children well, are in the best position to help them, and are very important in developing solutions to the problems that their children are experiencing. Talking and working together can make a big difference in how everyone in the family feels.

To qualify for outpatient services:

  • The child must have a moderate to mild emotional or behavioral problem
  • Parents and caregivers must be willing to work with the child to help solve the problem
  • The child must be at least 14 years old if seeking therapy on their own without family support

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:9293 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:9712 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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Satisfied Client

20-12-2012 Hits:9494 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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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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