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Bill allows for parole of the medically frail

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) estimates that as many as 850 people under their supervision are medically frail. Medically frail people are unable to perform basic tasks of daily living without assistance and are often unable to get dressed, use the bathroom, or eat on their own. These people are so frail that they [...]

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|

Pulitzer prize winning author headlines 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

November 2 was a powerful and moving evening!  The 2017 CAPPS Annual Membership Meeting and dinner attracted over 200 people from across the state, including representatives from across the political spectrum, including business and community leaders, formerly incarcerated people and their families, crime survivors, and faith communities. The event featured author Dr. Heather Ann Thompson [...]

2018-03-30T16:00:52-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|

Join us! CAPPS Nov. 2, 2017, Annual Membership Meeting and dinner

Everyone is welcome! Tickets for the Annual Membership Meeting and dinner are available! Registration is easy and simple! Click HERE! Last year’s event attracted over 200 people – a wonderful mix of advocates, lawmakers, business leaders, formerly incarcerated people, crime survivors, faith-based groups, families of the incarcerated, lobbyists, MDOC representatives, the media, and others. There was [...]

2018-03-30T16:01:19-04:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, 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 [...]

Partnering with crime survivors to stop the cycle of harm

Troy Rienstra, CAPPS outreach director (second from the right in the photograph), helped convene an August 21 training for organizations working to assist underserved crime survivors in the Detroit area. Aqeela Sherrills, national training director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice (far left in the photograph), provided an in-depth explanation of how crime survivors are [...]

2018-03-30T16:15:44-04:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community reinvestment, Crime survivors, Topics, Trauma|