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
  • Main Location
    Main Location

    Community Mental Health CEI’s main building is conveniently located on Jolly Road in Lansing between Cedar Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Detox Programs
    Detox Programs

    The Recovery Center offers detox services in the downtown Lansing area.

  • CATS Program
    CATS Program

    The CATS Program in Mason offers outpatient treatment to those incarcerated in the Ingham County Jail

  • Outpatient Program
    Outpatient Program

    Clinton County Counseling Center in St. Johns offers outpatient services to individuals in Clinton County.

  • Residential Program
    Residential Program

    The House of Commons in Mason offers residential substance use disorder treatment for men.


The Substance Abuse Services and Corrections Mental Health programs of Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties (CMHA CEI) offer a program that provides outpatient treatment to individuals who are incarcerated in the Ingham County Jail and present with a diagnosis of drug or alcohol abuse or dependence. The CATS program provides individual and group therapy, as well as case management for CATS clients. For those individuals who need additional support for their recovery, referrals are made, while the client is still in jail, to support ongoing recovery and re-integration back to the community. CATS has staff that are designated to serve those with mental health issues that may not be able to be housed safely within the jail without closer monitoring (see Crisis Services Section).

Referral Sources

All CATS Program clients are inmates of the Ingham County Jail (ICJ) and must demonstrate at least minimal motivation for complying with treatment and have some history of substance abuse; or substance abuse related offenses. The most common referral sources are:

  • Self Referral (inmate sending a “kite” to CATS while incarcerated)
  • Circuit Court and District Court
  • Probation Agents and Parole Department Personnel
  • Attorneys
  • Relatives and Friends of Inmates (by telephone)
  • CATS Emergency Services Staff
  • Jail Staff
  • Other Jail Programs (Education, Medical, OCC)
  • Other CMHA-CEI programs and Other Service Providers in the Community

Screening Process

Individuals are screened by CATS staff during the Orientation process, after a referral is received. Information obtained during this process is used to determine if there is a need to complete a full assessment for substance abuse treatment.

Assessment Process

Once the initial screening is complete and it has been determined the individual is in need of substance abuse treatment, they are scheduled for an assessment with a CATS therapist, to determine the appropriate level of care needed. For those referred by the courts or other outside sources, results of the assessment and any recommendations for treatment can be provided to the referring party, if the client signs appropriate releases of information.


Substance abuse treatment at CATS is based on a harm reduction model of providing services, to reduce, if not stop, a person’s use. Additionally, the CATS staff is experienced in the use of cognitive behavioral approaches and motivational interviewing techniques, to assist each client in challenging their own limiting thoughts and beliefs and support development of the skills necessary to promote a healthier and more pro-social, recovery based lifestyle. All CATS therapists are licensed to treat both mental health and substance abuse issues and are capable of providing services to the co-occurring population. Male and female treatment sessions are held separately, per jail protocol. Certificates of Completion are provided, as well as letters to courts and probation officers, upon request.

Crisis Services

CATS staff provide emergency screening and intervention to individuals who are exhibiting, or have recently exhibited, any signs of self harm or suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Staff provides housing and monitoring recommendations to jail staff to ensure individuals are housed safely while in jail. Referrals can also be made for individuals receiving psychiatric medications, mental health services or recent hospitalizations. CATS staff also make referrals for psychiatric hospitalization, as deemed appropriate. “ Referrals are made to CMHA-CEI Adult Mental Health Services for individuals who are diagnosed with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

Case Management

CATS provides case management services for clients who need continued treatment after jail release. A Needs Assessment is completed upon first contact. Referrals are made for housing, entitlements, clothing, education, medical, employment and/or training, continued treatment and 1/2 or 3/4 way housing for those needing more support in their recovery. The case manager also follows-up with individuals after release from jail to ensure that connections were made successfully. 

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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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CMHA-CEI Substance Abuse Services recognizes substance use disorders as chronic health conditions. Services are designed to address underlying issues as well as the presenting drug and/or alcohol related problems. This is accomplished by careful assessment and comprehensive treatment planning. A wide range of services are available as a model in continuing care including detoxification, residential, outpatient and self-help groups. Standard Program Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Our services are provided by:
Clinton County Counseling Center (CCCC)
Correctional Assessment & Treatment Services (CATS)
House of Commons (HOC)
The Recovery Center (TRC)


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