Mental health

Supporting veterans by ensuring their needs are met in the justice system

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but when that day falls on a weekend, as it does in 2018, the federal holiday is also observed in a weekday, which is why Veterans Day is being observed on Nov. 12 this year. Safe & Just Michigan honors the spirit and sacrifice of all the people who wore [...]

2018-11-10T19:39:45-04:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Courts, Mental health, Sentencing, Trauma|

House calls to end longstanding backlog of mental health evaluations

Michigan has a longstanding backlog of cases at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a state-operated facility that provides diagnostic services to the criminal justice system. The average wait time for a competency examination in Michigan is six months. This results in unnecessarily long pretrial detention of people with mental illness at the expense of taxpayers. [...]

2018-03-30T15:51:53-04:00March 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Mental health, Topics|

Northern Michigan seeks to expand services for rural communities

Northern Michigan seeks to expand services for rural communities On September 29, health, veteran, and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison and offered recommendations on how to improve services for people with mental illness. J. Dee Brooks, prosecuting attorney [...]

2018-03-30T15:56:18-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Diversion, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

Detroit wants improved health and safety through improved systems

On September 11, health and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at the Team Wellness Center in Detroit. The Team Wellness Center provides an array of comprehensive behavioral and physical health services in an environment that promotes quality of life, continuous improvement, and social awareness. [...]

2018-03-30T15:57:44-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Crime survivors, Mental health, Topics, Trauma|

Mental health: an issue that affects all of us

On September 7, health, business, and law enforcement professionals testified before the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education, and Safety) Task Force at the Capitol. Their testimony emphasized the need to reduce the involvement of people with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. The Task Force seeks to develop legislation to reform mental [...]

2018-03-30T15:59:01-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

A request for access, sustainability, and trauma services

The August 29 C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hearing was in Auburn Hills at the Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN). OCHN professionals, Oakland County Law enforcement, local leaders, and public health representatives from the private and public sector offered solutions for improved mental health services. National and local crime survivor advocates shared personal stories and urged enactment [...]

2018-03-30T16:11:09-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Diversion, Mental health, Topics, Trauma|

Southwest Michigan calls for improved mental health services

On August 17 the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force hosted a meeting at the Hope Network office in Grand Rapids. Hope Network is an organization providing services that improve the independence of vulnerable populations. Rep. Kesto (R – District 39) opened the hearing by saying that he is seeking “insightful and cutting edge policy recommendations that makes [...]

2018-03-30T16:13:37-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Mental health, Substance abuse, Topics|

A call for meaningful treatment and services for the mentally ill

On July 31, veteran service, health, and law enforcement professionals testified before the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force at the Livingston County EMS building in Howell. The presenters outlined a variety of recommendations including specialized services, improved cross-system communication, and increased access to services. Testimony emphasized the need to reduce the involvement of people with mental health [...]

AFSC testifies about seriously and persistently mentally ill in prison

On June 6, Natalie Holbrook, program director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program, provided recommendations to House Law and Justice Committee members about the difficulty in reducing the number of mentally ill prisoners in prison.  The AFSC focuses on reducing Michigan’s prison population through individual advocacy and casework with prisoners building [...]

2018-03-30T16:19:27-04:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Mental health, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)|

Law and Justice Committee hears testimony on how to reduce the number of mentally ill in prisons

On May 23, the House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee, heard testimony on how to reduce the number of mentally ill in prison. Judge Milton L. Mack, Jr., state court administrator, State Court Administrative Office, offered recommendations to improve the mental health system. Mack began his testimony by stressing that mental illness is treatable, [...]

2018-03-30T16:20:30-04:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Courts, Diversion, Mental health|