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Millage investment priorities
The Community Mental Health Advisory Committee (CMHAC), appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, identified seven strategies for the use of millage resources during the first three years of funding:
- Serve all residents, regardless of insurance status.
- Leverage limited resources to secure other resources for more impact.
- Use investments to serve the entire county--within and beyond urban centers.
- Target additional millage resources to serve persons, families, and areas with high levels of disparity and risk including youth; persons with moderate to severe mental health needs and co-occurring illnesses who are uninsured or underinsured; underserved zip codes with high levels of risk or disparity (i.e., 48197, 48198, 48189); and persons with very low economic and/or social resources.
- Build on current demonstrated capacity and expertise in the community by optimizing community partnerships, especially with other sources of funding.
- Invest in community-based prevention work and services, as well as traditional services and supports.
- Reserve some millage resources for needs and opportunities that are uncovered during planning processes and initial expansion of services.
With these seven strategies in place, the committee recommended 11 investments in three targeted areas: Planning and integrating; expanding services; evaluating and communicating. To review these investment recommendations, click on the tabs below.
Plan and integrate
To improve access to mental health services in the community; to enhance crisis, youth, and substance use treatment services; and to ensure a full continuum of health and human services by supporting new community partnerships.
- Plan and integrate 24/7 access, crisis response, and stabilization services
- Plan youth services
- Plan substance use disorder services
Recommended Investment: $167,000 - $250,000 per year
To enhance mental health across Washtenaw County by increasing prevention work, supporting community partners, and providing mental health care navigation services and crisis response and stabilization services to all county residents, regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or insurance type.
- Expand outreach services and maximize the use of peer supports and community health workers
- Expand prevention services for youth
- Implement 24/7 access, crisis response, and stabilization services
- Expand access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment services including long-acting medications, integrated care, counseling services for youth, and substance use treatment services
- Increase supportive housing services
Recommended investment: $3.7 million - $5.6 million per year
To both measure the impact of new investments and to engage with and educate the community around stigma, crisis prevention, and crisis response.
- Communicate with, educate, and engage the community
- Evaluate outcomes
- Administer and leverage millage resources
Recommended investment: $200,000 - $283,000 per year