Building a Better Mental Health System
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AMI Oakland County
29548 Southfield Road, Suite 101

Southfield, MI 48076 Phone: 248.203.1998

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Fred Cummins, President
Phone: 248.752.3872

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AMI of Oakland CountyAdvocacy
Advocacy for AMI Oakland covers many areas, such as education, fighting stigma etc. This section of our Website deals with two distinct areas where AMI Oakland advocates to make a difference. Those areas are; helping to change and improve the system for persons with mental illness and their families and advocating to get services needed by persons with mental illness.


Building a Better Mental Health System

The current mental health system has been crippled by limited funding.  Many people have lost services.  Persons without Medicaid are being denied access. Some people have experienced reductions in services.

The Snyder administration is using this deterioration to drive a move to a privatized mental health system.  Privatization would transfer the management of Medicaid funding (most of the current funding) to Medicaid HMOs. This would further increase administrative costs and remove accountability.  See Summary of the Perils of Mental Health System Privatization for more detail.

We propose that the current system can be fixed to greatly improve accountability and provide a system that truely serves the citizens of Michigan rather than the statkholders of private companies.  A proposal for changes to the current system is at Building a Better Mental Health System

Town Hall Meetings

We are promoting town hall meetings where people who are experincing services of the mental health system can present their problems and concerns to legislators.  See the town hall flier at Town Hall Meetings. The meetings are being video recorded.  Below we will present the video recordings as they become available.

Oakland County Town Hall, Septenber 22.  The video is in three parts:

Macomb County Town Hall, September 28

Wayne County Town Hall, October 15

Monroe County Town Hall, October 3


MDHHS Effort to Define a Future Michigan Mental Health System

Section 298 of the Michigan budget proposed in February, 2016, would have enabled the transfer of funding from the current mental health system to HMOs--privatization of mental health services.  This received major public opposition and was withdrawn. 

Liutenant Governor Calley organized a 298  Stakeholdes committee (grew to about 120 people with many advocates) that met in several sessions ending in June.  That committee developed values, what is currently good and bad and recommendations for features of a future system. This also influenced a revissed Section 298 that calls for MDHHS to present a proposal for system changes in Januayr, 2017. Information on this effort can be found at,5885,7-339-71550_2941_76181---,00.html   Detail on the work of the committee is under "Key Resources".

Then MDHHS announced a new committee of 4 MDHHS managers to develop a propoasl.  A strong push by advocates led to that committee taking input from three "Affinity Group" communities: consumers and families, providers and payers.  This translated to Affinity Group meetings held acoss the state.  The schedule of meetings, questions to be considered are found at :,5885,7-339-71550_2941_76181_78075---,00.html  This has been rather rushed, providing minimal time for public response.  The providers and payers will meet November 2, 2016. This is intended to establish public input to the MDHHS proposal to the legislature, January 15, 2017.

Advocacy General Information

Governor GranholmTo learn more about the public policy issues that affect people with mental illness and their loved ones, and how AMI Oakland County is providing a strong voice on these issues, visit the following sections:
How Can You Advocate for mental illness?
  • Become a Member of an advocacy group like AMI.
  • Volunteer some of your time
  • Keep Educated and up to date on mental illness
  • Become a Stigma Buster
  • Make donations to advocacy groups like AMI
  • Participate in mental illness events such as NAMI Walks
  • Attend AMI General meetings to keep abreast of current issues
  • Write your Legislator and tell him/her how you feel about mental health issues coming before the legislature.
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