These initiatives tackle root causes and upstream issues, which ultimately reduce costs and prevent adverse health outcomes by reaching those in need early. The millage educates community members about how to recognize and respond to mental health crises and needs, and destigmatizes reaching out for help.
In 2021, millage funds were used to train local residents to become Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors that could now train others in our community—an approach called Train the Trainer. MHFA is a skills-based course that teaches the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use concerns, while providing guidance on ways to help. READ MORE
Thanks to the millage, when people in a mental health crisis come to the emergency department, the millage-funded CARES team connects them with a therapist and case management. Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) data shows a decline in mental health hospitalizations since this program was implemented. READ MORE
In 2021, the Black Lives Matter task force hosted “chat and chews” with WCCMH staff during Black History Month, as well as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training. The group also sponsored community events—such as a youth essay writing contest, comedy show, documentary night, and faith-based events—focused on Black history, social justice, resilience, and self-care. READ MORE