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Are you in crisis?
If you, or someone you know, is in a mental health crisis please call our Helpline at 866-512-4357.
You can contact the Crisis Center/Helpline for reasons such as:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Information on Suicide
- Information on Mental Health/Illness
- Substance Abuse/Addiction
- To Help a Friend or Loved One
*If the person is a danger to themselves or others contact 911 for assistance. If you are not in crisis and are looking to access mental health services for yourself or someone you know please contact the Access Center at 877-588-4357 or TTY 616-494-5508.
Community Mental Health (CMH) is a public provider of services for people with developmental disabilities and/or serious mental illness.Our programs and activities are governed by a Board of Directors.Our services are available to residents of Ottawa County who have Medicaid or are uninsured, and who are eligible for services as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code. We are CARF accredited for 12 programs.
The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards was awarded a grant of $4.2 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for seniors across the state. Community Mental Health of Ottawa County (CMHOC) is one of twelve communities throughout the state who will be receiving a portion of these funds, $241,000, to implement Senior Reach®, and evidence based program, over the next two years.
Senior Reach® is a program that works with multiple community partners to identify older adults, living in Ottawa County, who may need emotional or physical support and/or connection to other community services. The program is a service-based intervention targeting seniors 60 years or older experiencing problematic mental and emotional states; personality and physical changes; poor health; social isolation; substance abuse; physical abuse or neglect; and risk factors for suicide. The goal of this program is to keep seniors living independently in their community by providing brief counseling and care management to connect them to resources.
CMHOC has created a Senior Reach® Advisory Board of local providers including LifeCircles, Evergreen Commons, Four Pointes, Senior Resources, a volunteer from the Alzheimer’s Association, and other community representatives. The Board is created by having a mix of traditional partners, non-traditional partners and representatives from the senior community. The Board will be providing guidance to the program and advocating for services for seniors, "We are excited to be providing targeted services to our senior population because it is a rapidly growing group of people, living in our community, who are in need of mental health treatment or care management to connect to other resources" said Lynne Doyle, CMHOC Executive Director. Senior Reach® will allow CMHOC to expand the safety net services currently being provided to seniors in our community. To refer a senior contact (877) 588-4357 and ask for Senior Reach®.
CMHOC Annual Public Hearing
Community Mental Health of Ottawa County will be holding its Annual Public Hearing on Monday June 27, 2016 at 3:00pm. It will be located in the Board Room at 12265 James Street, Holland, MI 49424. The Annual Public Hearing will be immediately followed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. View if you are interested in attending.
If you have questions or need special accommodations to attend and/or participate, contact the CMH Customer Services Department at (616) 494-5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Millage Passes
I am so grateful to this community for their support in passing the mental health millage, in doing so we have demonstrated that mental health matters. Community Mental Health of Ottawa County will use millage dollars to provide critical supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness as well as allow us to engage in prevention and early intervention programming for the greater community. I am proud to live and work in a community where every citizen is valued and we help those in need. I applaud Ottawa County’s willingness to be the first in Michigan to approve a dedicated mental health millage. Thank you to those individuals and organizations that helped to spread the word about this important issue.
Advocacy Task Force
The Community Mental Health of Ottawa County Advocacy Task Force has been formed to provide additional assistance, information, and support to our consumers and their families. We recognize our consumers and their families may occasionally need assistance in navigating the mental health system and/or a “neutral” party to answer questions and provide support. We are working closely with the ARC – Advocacy & Resource Center of Ottawa County, Disability Network Lakeshore, and other community partners to assure these resources are known and available to our consumers. Future work will include training for Independent Facilitators for Person Centered Planning meetings, regular updates related to consumer rights and protections on our website, and creation of “contract provider community liaisons” - “go to” people involved in service delivery who are likely the first point of contact with consumers and families who have concerns and questions.
If you are interested in learning more about the Advocacy Task Force or would like any of the assistance mentioned above, please contact Anna Bednarek, our Customer Services Coordinator at (616) 494-5545 or email@example.com.
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