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.
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Post Oak Academy students concerned about Mental Health and those who suffer from disabilities

As part of an exhibition research project, four 6th grade students at Post Oak Academy, an authorized International Baccalaureate World School in Lansing, decided to hold a can drive at the school to raise money for mental health and those who suffer from disabilities.  It is their hope that by donating the money to Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI), those who are suffering will be able to get the help they need.

On Monday, June 5, Sara Lurie, CMHA-CEI, Chief Executive Officer visited with the students and was presented with a check in the amount of $60.10, which she proudly accepted.  These funds have been allocated to the Project Starfish fund. Project Starfish is a special fund that provides financial assistance to people who receive services at CMHA-CEI, that have a financial need that cannot be filled by any other sources.

CMHA-CEI serves over 12,000 in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties.

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Names of the students in photo from left to right:  Isabelle Theusch, Camille McCord, Giselle Blue, Kaitlynn Nguyen

CMHA-CEI Begins Major Expansion of Facility

Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) announced today that it will begin the expansion of its current location at 812 E. Jolly Road on June 12th, 2017. The project is focused on adding space to the current facility; This added space will streamline the delivery of service to consumers, relocate offsite programs and staff, and better integrate services.

The expansion will add a three story, 42,600 square-foot addition to the current facility and will include a new lobby, new offices, and new clinical space. The expansion will also allow some of the programs that are currently housed at other locations to be relocated to centralize services for consumers.

The total costs related to the expansion will account for less than 1% of CMHA-CEI annual budget. Funding for this expansion is through a 10-million-dollar bond from Ingham County. Centralizing services will reduce current costs associated with rental of office space in other locations. These cost savings will be applied to the building expansion costs.

While CMHA-CEI has seen cuts to General Fund dollars from the State of Michigan, the agency has seen increases in funding from Federal Medicaid and Healthy Michigan dollars which has resulted in increased enrollments and services for consumers. Due to the current uncertainty healthcare funding faces, CMHA-CEI needs to expand the current facility. The expansion will not only accommodate continued growth, but if necessary it will also prepare CMHA-CEI for any potential funding reductions by allowing programs that are currently housed at leased locations to move back to the main facility.

“We are excited about bringing some programs back into the building and the benefits our consumers and employees will experience with more programs in one place. The additional space also offers us important options for the future.” - Sara Lurie, CEO.

During the expansion all programs and services will remain in place. A temporary main entrance will be located to the west side of the building. Additional security will be on site to direct consumers and visitors.

Construction on the expansion is expected to take about one year and will be completed Summer 2018. Renovations of the existing building will also be ongoing throughout the building phase and will be completed by Winter 2019.

Be sure to watch and for construction updates and information. 

icon You can also see a list of FAQ about the project by clicking here. 

2017 Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award

Congratulations Kelly Gluszewski!

Kelly received the Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award for excellent service!

Once every other year, the Clinical Excellence Committee will select a CMHA-CEI employee to receive well-deserved recognition for the time and energy expended in helping people in the community and/or their work environment beyond what is asked of them in their job.

Gil DeRath was a clinician, supervisor, colleague, and leader. He inspired others with his goodwill toward others, with his active promotion of human welfare, and with his willingness to move beyond himself. This award, in his memory, is given to perpetuate and foster the humanitarian values he held and encouraged.

The 2017 winner of the Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award was Kelly Gluszewski.

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The 2017 nominees were (listed from left to right):

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Tracey Barnes, ECCC/AMHS 
Jana Baylis, SPHR SHRM-SCP, HR/GA 
Kelly Gluszewski, LMSW FGS/FamForward 
Kimberly Reed, LC/CSDD *Not Pictured*

Also pictured are:
Joel Hoepfner, CMHA-CEI Clinical Excellence Committee Co-Chair
KC Brown, CMHA-CEI Clinical Excellence Committee Co-Chair



2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award

Dr. Myrtle Yoshinaga was a fellow clinician and supervisor, a colleague and a leader. She inspired all who came to know her to strive for excellence in their clinical work. This award is perpetuated in her memory, hoping to foster the professional values which she held and encouraged through her clinical excellence and dedication. It is a honor to be nominated for outstanding clinical work. 

CEC would also like to congratulate all nominees of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award: 

(Listed in left to right in the picture: Michelle Sherens/CSDD, Kathleen Locmelis/CSDD, Nora Higgins/CSDD, Barbara Groom/CSDD, John Berres/AMHS, Dorothy Archambeau /CSDD, Pam Dunckel/ FamForward).

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The winner of the 2016 Myrtle Yoshinaga Clinical Excellence Award is Barbara Groom, LLP Autism Coordinator/Wardcliff Abilities Center/CSDD.

2015 Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award

Once every other year, the Clinical Excellence Committee will select a CMHA staff person to receive deserved recognition for the time and energy expended in helping people in the community and/or their work environment beyond that called for in their job.

The 2015 winner of the Gil DeRath Humanitarian Award was Bill Zimmer.

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The 2015 nominees were (listed from left to right):

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Katharine Wilson, Crisis Services/AMHS
Jimmie Harris, DO Various programs/AMHS
Erin Parcell, MA LPC Transitions GL/CSDD
Cynthia Borgman, LMSW Outreach CMS/AMHS
Jill Brown, LMSW Older Adult Services/AMHS
Kelsey Dowty, LLMSW EIP/FamForward
Bill Zimmer, Charter House/AMHS
Justin Hodges, LLMSW FGS/FamForward
Bruce King, House of Commons/SAS
Judy Hazle, Executive Administration/GA
Kim Reed, Life Consultation/CSDD

State Sponsored Poetry Contest

The State is having a Poetry contest and has asked the CMH’s to provide one poem for each county.  CMHA-CEI did a Poetry contest in November, 2014 and we have two winners.  One person is from Ingham county and the other is from Eaton county.  There was no entry for Clinton county.  Both people receive services from CMHA-CEI and won a $25 gift card and then their poems were sent on to the state.  The Public Relations workgroup will decide which poems they will include in a book or possibly to showcase along with the artwork around the state.  You can read the winning poems by clicking on the links below.


 icon Poetry Contest Winner 2014/2015 - Lifes Way

icon Poetry Contest Winner 2014/2015 - Schizophrenics Anonymous

Birch Health Center featured in The Center for Health Design Magazine

The health care environment, always in flux, has been changing even more rapidly over the past several years, with a focus on improved integration between physical and behavioral health care.  In an effort to shape and respond to these changes, the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMH) has, for the past several years, embarked on a number of initiatives, spanning many dimensions of the organization’s operations.  A recent article in The Center for Health Design Magazine highlights The Ingham Community Health Center's BIRCH Center, housed within our main campus. Click HERE to view the article.

Through collaborative efforts between Community Mental Health, Michigan State University, the Sparrow Family Medicine Residency Program and the Ingham County Health Department’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), a primary care health center housed within CMH became fully operational in July of 2013. This health center is designed to focus on serving the chronic, acute, and well-check needs of CMH consumers who have little or no access to primary care. Between its official launch in April 2013, and the most recent count in June 2014, BIRCH Center has a total of 491 patients.

Our collaborative workgroup began looking at the barriers to accessing primary care for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.  The common barriers were issues of stigma, cost of treatment, transportation and problems with appointment scheduling.  In creating BIRCH (Building Inter-professional Relationships for Community Health) we hope to bridge these and other gaps in obtaining healthcare for many in our community.  

View the full article from The Center for Health Design Magazine.

Basic Points of Recovery

1. Pre-Recovery (basic needs come first)

  • A person needs the basic essentials of life, including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care before they can begin their “Recovery” journey

2.  Treatment for Symptoms of Mental Illness

  •  Accepting one’s mental illness and the need for treatment
  •  Understanding a diagnosis and what it means
  •  Understanding the purpose and side-effects of medication
  •  Understanding, choosing and utilizing treatment and supports
  •  All of the above are important for “Recovery”

Read more: Basic Points of Recovery

Ideas to Help Seniors Maintain Social Connections

Ideas to Help Seniors Mantian Social Connections 

Older adults may face a higher risk of finding themselves isolated from friends and family even when they were once very social. Children and grandchildren grow up and move away. When we retire, we are cut off from daily interactions we once had. Disabilities can make it even more challenging to keep up the same level of activity we once knew. It is important to maintain social connections in these situations. Interactions with others has been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits.

Social Apps and Technology

Sometimes distance is the biggest factor in keeping us from seeing our loved ones as often as we would like. Consider using social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram to stay in touch with friends and family from across the world. Skype is another way great way to connect with people as it is very intuitive, and it allows you to make connections with a system similar to a phone call with the added benefit of video and messaging.

Volunteer in Your Community

Retirement does not need to leave you feeling restless and without a way to spend your time. Stay active in your community by volunteering at your local animal shelter, food charity, or library. Organizations such as Senior Corp offer people 55 and up with training and connections to charities that are tailored to your interests. Senior Corp recognizes that retirees have a lot of skills and knowledge that make them very valuable to charities that are in need of help.

Get a Pet to Keep You Company

Studies have shown that the presence of a dog or cat can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Dogs can also open the door to social interactions when you take your pet for a walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park. If you have a disability that might make it more difficult to give your dog walks yourself, finding a reliable dog walker or sitter will enable you to have the benefits of pet ownership without the responsibility of having to provide exercise or full-time care.

Join a Club

A club is a great way to connect with other people who share your interests such as hobbies, reading, or cooking. If you can’t find a club or group in your area that fits what you are looking for, look into starting one yourself. There is often free meeting space in your community at your local library, a church, or public school.  You can also host a smaller group in your home.

Assisted Living

Most facilities provide activities that encourage socialization among its residents. While the transition to a care facility may take some adjustment time, be sure to take advantage of these programs when they are available. You may initially feel cut off from the people you are close to, but you are also around others that may feel the same way you do. Take the time to meet new people and participate in gatherings and outings when they become available.

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Charter House 38th Year Anniversary Party

Charter House 38th Year Anniversary Party

Charter House opened its doors on April 14th 1978.  It was the first clubhouse in Michigan.  We celebrated this event at the club house this year.  Over 60 people attended (even the Channel 10 News) and it was a great event!  What is a Clubhouse?  It is a place where we come to learn how to work together. We work every day as a team to make us better people.  It is a place where we recover from things we are struggling with.  It is a place where we get back on our feet.  You might be wondering how to get involved.  You need to be 18 years old and have lived with or are currently living with a mental illness. You also need to have Healthy Michigan or Medicaid.  If this sounds like you then come check us out

Below is the link to the story about Charter House which was on the news


A Personal Story of Recovery

As part of its May, 2014 media coverage of Mental Health Awareness Month, Joe Linstroth with WKAR Radio interviewed Ms. Jerri Nicole Wright for its Current State program about her experiences living with and managing  a serious and persistent mental illness.  From encountering stigma to overcoming obstacles to her well being, Ms. Wright bravely conveys the complexities and challenges people with mental health issues often face.  You can hear her personal, moving story by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.

Mental Health Court: a 55th District Court and CMHA-CEI Collaborative Initiative

The City Pulse profiles a grant funded program that was developed and implemented in the Fall of 2013 to provide specialized probation and integrated behavioral health services to individuals with non-violent legal charges and mental health treatment needs.  The goals of this program are to support individuals in successfully completing probation, to avoid unnecessary jail time and associated costs, to address a range of health care needs, to reduce court recidivism, and to identify meaningful short and long term objectives for themselves to pursue during and after program involvement.  

Click here to read the full City Pulse article.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training through CMHA-CEI

Mr. Kevin Lavery with WKAR’s Current State radio program interviewed Mark Philips, a recovery specialist with CMHA-CEI, on 5/30/14 as a part of a series for Mental Health Awareness Month.  Mark Phillips describes the goals of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training program, answers questions on signs and symptoms of youth mental health disorders, and reviews action steps trainees who complete this training may take to offer support and assistance to youth.  He also discusses anticipated outcomes of this grant funded training program.  Individuals interested in this training program may contact CMHA-CEI customer service at 517-346-8244 or  for upcoming trainings.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here for the original article on WKAR's website, or clicking play below.

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