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Posted on: January 7, 2022

CMH Board Vacancy Notice

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WASHTENAW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

PUBLIC NOTICE – SEEKING CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 

WASHTENAW COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH (CMH) BOARD

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Board of Commissioners Begin New Public Meeting Schedule for 2022; Launch Public Comment Portal

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At their last meeting of 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that creates a new meeting calendar for 2022. The new calendar aims to simplify the meeting schedule so that members of the public can more easily understand when certain item...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Board of Commissioners Pass 2022 Operating Budget

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, at their final meeting of 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved an operating budget for 2022, as well as proposed budgets for 2023-2025. Washtenaw County operates using a quadrennial budget model, forecastin...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: November 9, 2021

County Officials Host Press Conference on Creation of Criminal Integrity and Expungement Units

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Below are images from the press conference announcing the creation of the Conviction Integrity and Expungement Unit in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Members of the Board of Commissioners, Washtenaw County Administration, the Washtenaw County Prosecut...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Washtenaw County to Begin Comprehensive Climate Action Planning Process

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allocate funds to climate action planning efforts. The resolution approves a contract with Resource Recycling Systems to assist in the development ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: October 7, 2021

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Pass Resolutions in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

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At their Wednesday night meeting, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a pair of historic resolutions recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and honoring Hispanic and Latinx organizers. 

The first resolution formally recognizes Hispanic...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Board of Commissioners Address Broadband Needs Countywide with $15.5 million investment

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Washtenaw County, MI – At their meeting last week, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved up to $15,472,270 to address broadband needs countywide. The COVID-19 pandemic made the importance of having access to high-speed...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Board of Commissioners Commit $2 Million to Equitably Address Childcare Access in Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners have committed $2 million to equitably address childcare access needs in Washtenaw County. This commitment is part of the first round of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan allocati...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Commissioners Approve $30.5 Million Dollar Package Through the Ways and Means Committee

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a historic resolution obligating up to $30.5 million dollars for community investments through the Ways and Means Committee. This proposed package ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Washtenaw County Commissioners Vote to Strengthen Responsible Contractor Policy

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On Wednesday, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution amending the County's Responsible Contractor Policy passed in 2020. Modeled after the Federal government's False Claims Act, this amendment strengt...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

*UPDATED 7/9/21* Washtenaw Declares State of Emergency in Response to Widespread and Severe Flooding

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*7/9/2021 FLOODING UPDATE*

Ann Arbor, MI – Washtenaw County is continuing to assess flood damage throughout the county and provide resources and information to its residents.  The Governor announced yesterday that she is adding Washtenaw ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

Board of Commissioners Release List of Potential Projects for Washtenaw County Rescue Plan

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has released a list of potential projects that could be included in the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. This plan leverages the $71 million the county will receive through the Amer...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Commissioners Host Panel on Stonewall Documentary and LGBTQ+ Services in Washtenaw County

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On June 28th, Commissioners Katie Scott and Jason Morgan hosted a documentary screening and panel discussion on Facebook Live as part of the Board of Commissioners' recognition of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The panel discussion inclu...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: June 23, 2021

Washtenaw County Hosts Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

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On Friday, June 18th, Washtenaw County hosted a special flag raising ceremony to officially observe Juneteenth for the first time as a county government.

Many residents, community leaders, and county staff attended the event held in the lobby of the Washte...

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Posted on: June 3, 2021

Board of Commissioners Approve Series of Racial Justice-Related Resolutions

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Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a budget amendment to commit all annual revenue from the taxation of marijuana to equity-based programming and initiatives in Washtenaw County. The tax is expected to generate over $200,000 ...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Washtenaw County Set to Launch Updated Opportunity Index

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Later this month, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) will be launching the 2020 Opportunity Index. The 2020 Opportunity Index builds off the original 2015 Index, using key data points across 5 categories –&a...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Commissioners Approve $15/Hour Minimum Wage for All Regular, Full-Time Washtenaw County Staff

Board Approves $15/Hour Minimum Wage for All Regular, Fulltime Washtenaw County Government Employees

Last night, the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution establishing a $15/hour minimum wage for all regular, full-time Washtenaw County government employees. The resolution passed the Board unanimously. 

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Board Recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility

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On Wednesday, March 31st at 9:00 AM, Washtenaw County officials will raise the Transgender Pride Flag at 200 N. Main St in downtown Ann Arbor. This flag raising will be a part of the county’s recognition of Transgender...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Board of Commissioners Declares a Local State of Emergency Due to Sustained Impact of COVID-19

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Washtenaw County, MI - The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency within Washtenaw County as of March 17th, 2021 to continue through December 31, 2021 due to the sustained pres...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Approve Special Revenue Fund to Maintain County Trails

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At their meeting earlier this month, the Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a new special revenue fund to support the long-term maintenance of non-motorized trails in Washtenaw County. The resolution, brought by the Washtenaw County Parks and...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Board of Commissioners Approves the Creation of New Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s Offices Positions

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved three resolutions to create new positions in the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s Offices. These positions are a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Washtenaw County Elects New Board Chair and Leadership Team, Welcomes Two New Commissioners

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Washtenaw County, MI - As their first order of business at their first meeting of 2021, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners held an election to select their Board Chair and four-person leadership team.  The meeting, held on Wedne...

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Board of Commissioners - News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Hire New Communications and Operations Manager

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners recently hired Peter Lindeman as their new Communications and Operations Manager. In this role, Lindeman will work with the Board of Commissioners and other Washtenaw County emplo...

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News Flash

Posted on: July 8, 2021

Washtenaw Rescue Plan

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Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has released a list of potential projects that could be included in the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. This plan leverages the $71 million the county will receive through the Ameri...

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News Flash

Posted on: January 7, 2022

CMH Board Vacancy Notice

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WASHTENAW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

PUBLIC NOTICE – SEEKING CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 

WASHTENAW COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH (CMH) BOARD

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking for citizens to volunteer for positions on the W...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Clerk/Register of Deeds Online and By-Mail Services

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The public is encouraged to access services provided by the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register's office online and by mail for both convenience and safety.

Order Certified Copies of Vital Records 

  • Birth, Death & Marriage records are avail...
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News Flash

Posted on: December 13, 2021

Barrier Busters Network Continues to Assist with Emergent Needs, 3rd Quarter Report Available Now

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The Barrier Busters 3rd Quarter Report provides information about the type of funding requests distributed to Washtenaw County residents from July 1 - September 30, 2021. Highlights include: 

  • 45.3% of total requests in the third quarter assisted u...
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Posted on: October 25, 2021

Community Input Sessions in South Ypsilanti

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Washtenaw Urban County is planning on additional community investments in neighborhoods located on the Southside of Ypsilanti and we hope to work with local residents to make decisions through a collection of community input. 

In 2019, we held a s...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Community Services Block Grant Plan

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Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Plan

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) will accept public comments on its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Plan f...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Washtenaw County Residents Affected by Flooding Eligible for Disaster Food Assistance Program

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Starting tomorrow, low-income residents of Wayne and Washtenaw counties who were affected by recent flooding and are not already receiving food assistance benefits soon can apply for federal Disaster Food Assistance Program benefits. The Michigan Departme...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

New Human Services Partnership to Replace Coordinated Funding

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Washtenaw County and the City of Ann Arbor are working together in coordination with other local funding agencies to develop a New Human Services Partnership to replace Washtenaw Coordinated Funding.

The New partnership will focus investments in efforts to...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

UPDATED: Flood Resources Available for Washtenaw County Residents

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UPDATE: The deadline for survivors for the June 25-26 severe storms and flooding to register with FEMA for individual disaster assistance has been extended to Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

The extension applies to survivors living in Wayne and Was...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Rental, Utility, and Internet Assistance Available as Eviction Moratorium Nears Expiration

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Rental and utility relief assistance funds are available now! Learn more here.

The Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium will end on July 31, but assistance funds are available to help qualifying households in Washtenaw County who continue to face pande...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 8, 2021

Barrier Busters Unmet Needs Fund Continues to Support Residents Impacted by the Pandemic

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A summary report from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) shows financial assistance requests made during the first quarter of 2021 (January through March 2021) to the Barrier Buster Unmet Needs Fund continued...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Releases Bi-Annual Report

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Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (WCBRA) recently released the program’s bi-annual report. The report includes information about activities, grant programs, and financial data from 2019 and 2020. 

Highlights from the r...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Barrier Busters Releases 2020 Annual Report

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCED worked to increase and expand the capacity of Barrier Busters, welcoming new partners with strong community connections to the network. Additional funding was also secured from partners including Washtenaw County...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance is Now Available!

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Having trouble paying or receiving rent? Federal funds are available to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. CERA is ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Financial Assistance Requests Remain Higher than Average as the Impact of COVID-19 Continues

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) recently released updated Barrier Busters COVID-19 response summary reports. These summary reports detail Barrier Busters activities between July 1 and September 30. During that time...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Washtenaw County OCED Releases New Report on Activities from January 2019 Through August 2020

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The Washtenaw County Office Community and Economic Development (OCED) released a report detailing activities from January 2019 through August 2020. The report includes a summary of programs, initiatives, and&am...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: September 15, 2020

OCED Partners with Community for Socially Distant Parkridge SummerFest & Joe Dulin Community Day

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This summer, Parkridge SummerFest and Joe Dulin Community Day celebrated 10 years of bringing together music, food, and community in Parkridge Park every fourth Saturday of August. This year’s festivities looked a little different due to the COV...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Barrier Busters Requests Triple During COVID-19 Response

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Newly released summary reports from the Washtenaw County Office Community and Economic Development (OCED) show financial assistance requests made to the Barrier Buster Unmet Needs Fund tripled during the first months of the COVID-19 pand...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Community Chooses New Playground Design Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Park

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Over the last year, the City of Ypsilanti and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development engaged over 100 residents to identify and prioritize what type of investment they want to see in their community. Last Summer, dozens of commu...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 20, 2020

New Partnership and Program Supports Renters to Prevent Eviction

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Washtenaw County OCED is partnering with Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) and Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) to administer a new Eviction Diversion and Prevention (EDP) program. The EDP program connects individuals to financial...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: Ann Arbor Announces Affordable Housing Waitlist Website

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On Friday, July 24, 2020, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), along with the City of Ann Arbor, launched a new affordable housing waitlist website: AnnArborWaitlist.com. The waitlist will open for the first t...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Washtenaw County Continuum Of Care Adopts Racial Equity Statement

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On July 15, 2020, the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) Board adopted a statement committing to understanding and addressing racial equity in the local homelessness response system. 

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Michigan Launches Program to Support Small Business Impacted by COVID-19

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The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to support small businesses in our state in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. This funding is now available through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to businesses ...
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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Washtenaw County Opens Cooling Centers

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With temperatures expected to rise above 90° this week, Washtenaw County will open two (2) cooling centers beginning July 7th. Starting Tuesday morning, the atrium of the Community Mental Health building at 555 Towner St. in Ypsilanti and the Lear...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Substantial Amendment to Urban County Citizen Participation Plan available for comment

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Notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County OCED that one public hearing, and a 5 day public comment period, will be held to solicit citizen input on a substantial amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Nonprofit Agencies Receive Support From Washtenaw County and Community Partners

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Washtenaw County nonprofits are playing a major role in stepping up to provide essential services to the members of our community during the COVID-19 crisis. From helping coordinate food distribution to staffin...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Washtenaw County Partners to Support Local Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

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“Just as Washtenaw County has been working hard to ensure residents have the latest public health information and access to essential services, we are committed to helping the small business community,” said Gregory Dill, Washtenaw Cou...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Washtenaw County Support New Statewide Capacity Building Initiative

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Through Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, the Office of Community and Economic Development is supporting a new initiative that will enable nonprofits to connect with talent and receive capacity-building support. &ldquo...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications

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“Being a part of SummerWorks was awesome! My job led to an internship and the internship turned into my career!”

- 2017 SummerWorks Participant 

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Do you w...

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News Flash

Posted on: December 30, 2021

Public Comment Period & Public Hearing | Needs Assessment for Urban County 2022-23 Action Plan

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD & PUBLIC HEARING

Needs Assessment for Washtenaw Urban County | 2022-23 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Public Comment Period & Public Hearings | Urban County Draft 2021-22 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) that three public hearings will be held to solicit citizen input on the Draft Wa...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Public Comment Period & Public Hearing | Needs Assessment for Urban County 2021-22 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development that a public hearing will be held to solicit citizen input on housing and community de...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: October 27, 2020

New Public Hearing Date for Washtenaw Urban County Draft 2019 Performance and Evaluation Report

Notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development that the virtual public hearing to solicit citizen input on the draft Washtenaw Urban County 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) has...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices
Posted on: September 22, 2020

2019-20 Washtenaw Urban County Planned Activities Amendment - Additional CARES Act Funding Received

Washtenaw County has been awarded a 2nd round of Emergency Solutions Grant funds (ESG-CV) through the CARES Act. The first allocation was in the amount of $643,403, and the second allocation was $1,794,203, for a total ESG-CV allocation of $2,437,606.&...

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Community & Economic Development - Public Notices

News Flash

Posted on: September 10, 2019

OCED 2018 Annual Report

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We’re proud of the broad reach of OCED throughout the County. Read our most recent annual report to learn all of the ways we are working to make Washtenaw County a place where all residents can fully participate in the community and in the economy.

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Affordable Housing

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Our office partners with a number of community partners to improve, protect, and expand our county's affordable housing stock.

Learn more about this work by checking out https://www.washtenaw.org/722/Affordable-Housing 

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Historic Preservation

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The Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program is dedicated to supporting local historic districts, spurring heritage tourism, and attracting investment in our historic resources.

Learn more about this work by checking out https://www.washtena...

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News Flash

Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage funds help Ozone House youth with housing and supportive services

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For over 50 years, Ozone House has played a pivotal role in Washtenaw County—assisting runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families.

While stable housing is a primary focus, the organization has expanded its&nbs...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Introducing LEADD: A new millage-supported program to divert from jail to mental health services

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Imagine this situation: Someone is intoxicated, possibly struggling with a larger problem like addiction or poverty, and refusing to leave a business. The business owner calls the police. What should the police do?

“Traditionally, the police had ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage partners with 5 Healthy Towns to tackle mental health needs of western Washtenaw County

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When it comes to health and wellness programs and services, Washtenaw County is typically viewed as a “resource rich” community—home to two major health systems and a robust collection of social service organizations.

Many of ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage funds an expansion of the mobile crisis team to partner with the Chelsea Police Department

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When the mental health and public safety millage began funding services in Washtenaw County, a key goal was increasing access for rural residents.

While the eastern part of Washtenaw County is urban, the western part is mainly agricultural and rural. Chels...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

With millage support, Student Advocacy Center helps local youth navigate their education

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Students with mental and behavioral health needs often struggle in school, as early as elementary school. They may feel misunderstood, confused, or uncomfortable. And sometimes, it causes them to act out—which can disrupt their education and set...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Washtenaw's mental health millage attracts press, serving as a model for others communities

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Throughout 2021, the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage was featured in a number of local publications—and even nationally in Politico. Media mentions like these have a ripple effect, making it possible for the millage to serve...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Corner Health Center is serving the psychiatry needs of Washtenaw County youth with millage funding

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One-stop care. What is it? A place that meets your needs holistically—from physical health to mental health, from wellness to treatment, from education to support.

For some, it might sound like a lofty ideal. However, at a colorful store...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Millage funding and partnerships are reforming how Washtenaw County responds to public safety

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Beginning in 2019, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH)—with funding from the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage—came together to adopt a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Millage mini-grants are normalizing conversations about mental health in Washtenaw County schools

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As the 2020 school year wrapped up, students at Clague Middle School on Ann Arbor’s northeast side were checking out books from a new mental health library—made possible by mini-grant funding from the Washten...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Fostering hope, peer support specialists are helping people on their journey to recovery

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There aren’t too many job applications where checking the box for a criminal history or a mental illness or a history of addiction would give you an edge. But for peer-support specialists, it’s a decided advantage. 

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Not just a bed. Millage funds shelters, staff to help residents get and stay healthy

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For Avalon Housing, the millage has funded support services at Hickory Way, a residential community that offers easy access to transportation and amenities for those who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Each apartment at Hickory Way is meant...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Breaking the stigma: How the mental health millage is empowering youth to reach out

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"I wish parents knew that mental health is real,” says one #wishyouknew social media post beside a portrait of a local teen. Another says, "Don't talk at me or down to me, talk with me.”

The Wish You Knew campaign, fu...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

County hospital visits decrease as millage-funded programs ramp up

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Recently, Dr. Victor Hong, medical director of psychiatric emergency services (PES) at Michigan Medicine, contacted the millage-funded CARES team at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. He had been notified that an individual in the community showed ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Millage fuels partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, and police

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Since the implementation of Washtenaw County’s voter-approved Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage in January of 2019, meaningful partnerships have flourished across the county. These partnerships expand access to mental health a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Millage-funded CARES team: serving all residents, regardless of insurance status

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Mental health care access for everybody–no matter what their insurance status is.

This was an ambitious goal of Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which residents passed two-to-one, ensurin...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Independent, reliable cash: Millage allows Washtenaw County to address local needs

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When JFK signed the Community Mental Health Act in 1963, community-based mental health and substance use treatment options began to spring up across the U.S. These new programs allowed people with significant mental illnesses and developmental disabilitie...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

The expected--and the unexpected--impact of a room and phone

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Across the U.S. nearly 1.4 million people rely on homeless shelters and transitional housing programs each year. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and social service agencies across the nation--some well, and others poorly--employed...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Garret's Space delivers 20,000 mental health flyers to homes across the county

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As suicide rates continue to rise throughout the nation, especially among young people, one local Washtenaw County family is working to help those in need access services.

Suicide rates increased 33 percent nationally from 1999 to 2017, with the sharpest i...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

First year of reentry services grant focuses on new staff, housing supports

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In 2019, Washtenaw County received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration. The purpose: To address high recidivism rates--the rates of individuals returning to jail after release--among those with mental health and su...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

County jail expands use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

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Nationally, about 80 percent of people in jail abuse alcohol or drugs. About half are considered clinically addicted. Oftentimes, substance use plays a direct or indirect role in a person’s jail time–which is why access to treatment is...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

WCCMH Black Lives Matter Task Force

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On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police led hundreds of thousands of people throughout the nation to join the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. While the BLM movement is broad, it essentially seeks to eradicate systemic racism thro...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

A Q&A with CARES Team Access Supervisor Shannon Ellis

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The CARES team is a group of mental health professionals funded by Washtenaw County's voter-approved Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage on May 1, 2019 when services were expanded to all residents, regardless of insurance status or severi...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

WCCMH launches 24/7 crisis center with millage resources

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Washtenaw County residents have long asked for a 24/7 crisis center—a place where individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis can go for help and emotional support. Thanks to the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, this vision ha...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funded “prayer and care” summit: Mental health resources for faith communities

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) has organized a virtual summit for members of the clergy to learn about mental health resources for faith communities. The Prayer and Care summit will be held on Octob...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Washtenaw ahead of the curve in national movement for police reform

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George Floyd’s death this spring, at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, sparked massive protests across the nation for meaningful police reforms to address police brutality toward Black individuals—which has been well-documented in recent year...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funds Mental Health First Aid train the trainer initiative

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This summer, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health put out a call for volunteers. The purpose? To become certified as Mental Health First Aid instructors, who will then share what they’ve learned with others in the community...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

COVID-era telehealth expansion brings both improvements and challenges

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The coronavirus pandemic has created hundreds of complicated challenges--from an increased strain on the U.S. Postal System to delays in needed health care services. But the coronavirus pandemic has also spurred solutions, including a dramatic uptick in t...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

In Washtenaw County, millage helps mitigate the impact of COVID-19

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From economic strains to a now six-month period of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily life. In Washtenaw County, “the unsurprising result,” as Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder reports for Concentrate, is “an upt...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

New website features millage background, data, and accomplishments

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is pleased to share a new website for information about the county’s eight-year Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which will be in effect through 2026.

The millage site feature...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Community Mental Health releases 2019 annual report

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Washtenaw County's Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage is an eight-year, voter-approved homeowner tax that generates resources for mental health and substance use treatment programs that improve health and quality of life across the count...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: October 9, 2019

For Washtenaw County residents, mental health services are just a phone call away

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Thanks to the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, all Washtenaw County residents can get help 24/7 for depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. And receiving aid is as easy as calling 734-544-3050.

As Erin Spanier report...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is continuing to provide essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our 24/7 CARES line, expanded with funding from the Washtenaw County Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage in 20...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

WCCMH staff join Washtenaw's Crisis Negotiation Team

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Last November, five mental health professionals from Washtenaw County’s Community Mental Health were tapped by the Sheriff’s Office to join Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team. 

During the first week of Decembe...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Millage Q&A with Community Corrections Manager Renee Wilson

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The Washtenaw County Community Corrections Department, part of the sheriff’s office, provides jail diversion options and assistance for people at all stages of the criminal justice process--from initial detention and court hearings to time spent...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw County prepares to launch LEAD

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This January, Washtenaw County and the City of Detroit were among 15 jurisdictions hand picked from regions across the country to participate in the inaugural LEAD National Learning Conference hosted by the U.S. Public Defender Association and the LEAD Na...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

$1 million grant to reduce recidivism, improve community reentry for individuals with MHSUD

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Washtenaw County has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration to address high recidivism rates among individuals with mental health and substance use disorders to build on collaborative work between the Washten...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

More SURE Moms, thanks to Washtenaw County voters

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With a $90,000 investment from Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, the SURE Moms program—designed to unite, support, and empower mothers of justice-involved youth—is being extended to more...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

New partnership with Corner Health provides behavioral health care for teens and young adults

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Founded 39 years ago by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to address health disparities among teenage moms, the Corner Health Center in downtown Ypsilanti has grown into a tremendous local resource: a full-service integrated health clinic that addr...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Four local agencies receive millage-funded supportive housing contracts

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Four local agencies have been awarded millage contracts to enhance supportive housing for youth and adults with mental health and substance use concerns. 

“One of the key recommendations made by Washtenaw County’s Community Men...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Coming soon: Washtenaw County crisis observation and assessment center

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In an unassuming brick building just down the street from the Washtenaw County Health Department in Ypsilanti a new community resource is in the final stages of development. It’s an observation and assessment center for individuals in crisis--on...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Millage Q&A with Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

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In 2017, Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre was instrumental in the development and passage of the county’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, which currently provides about $16 million per year. Thirty-eight percent o...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

WISD receives funds for youth mental health programming

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A two-year Public Safety and Mental Health Millage grant of $107,000 has been awarded to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) for mental health and anti-stigma activities. In year one, WISD will use roughly half of these resources to provide ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

#wishyouknew mental health campaign launches across the county

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The #wishyouknew youth mental health campaign officially kicked off on Monday, November 25, with artwork by local artist Lauren Mills, quotes from outreach with hundreds of Washtenaw County youth and adults, and a short video featuring Alisha Spencer, a l...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw and Detroit to participate in national LEAD training institute

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Washtenaw County and Detroit are the first Michigan jurisdictions to be chosen to participate in the national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) training institute in Seattle, WA.

Five Washtenaw County diversion leaders--from the Washtenaw County Sh...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw County organizations invited to apply for millage-funded supportive housing grants

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This spring, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health asked the Washtenaw Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) to develop a request for proposals process designed to increase supportive housing services across Washtenaw County. We are pleas...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 9, 2019

NAMI Washtenaw receives millage contract for outreach in underserved communities

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A Public Safety and Mental Health Millage Contract of $158,000 has been awarded to NAMI Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) to design and implement a mental health education and outreach program for youth and families in the under-served communities of Ypsilanti, ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

High schools invited to apply for anti-stigma campaign grants

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This August, the Millage Advisory Committee approved a funding application from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) to support anti-stigma campaign activities at all interested Washtenaw County high schools.

The campaigns will focus on positi...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Help design an anti-stigma campaign for Washtenaw youth

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In our last millage communication, WCCMH introduced readers to planned anti-stigma campaign efforts that are being led, through a millage-funded contract, by the Washtenaw County Health Department. The first two years of this anti-stigma work will focus o...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage-funded therapeutic groups forming

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Thanks to millage funding, our CARES team staff members are offering four new group therapy options for Washtenaw County residents. These groups are for everyone in the community--regardless of insurance or severity of need. Additional groups will be adde...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage funds rural service delivery expansion

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As of July 1, the CARES team had received 250 outpatient service referrals from Ypsilanti (115), Ann Arbor (88), Saline (11), Dexter (6), Whitmore Lake (5), Chelsea (3), and Milan (3).

While most of the referrals are currently coming from the county&rs...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Underfunding and deficit reduction

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Due to underfunding by the state and federal government of Michigan’s community mental health system—behavioral health services for low-income individuals and those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, emotional disturbances, a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Substance use disorder systems transformation kicks off 100-day challenge

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Since November 2018, dozens of representatives from Washtenaw-area organizations--including one-dozen staff members from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health--have been participating in a substance use disorder system transformation process hosted by ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Introducing the millage advisory committee

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In the spring of 2019, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health established a Millage Advisory Committee (MAC) to provide strategic oversight on Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Millage activities and investments. The 13-member...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Millage-funded staff work to meet countywide demand

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A countywide mental health and substance use disorder service expansion--particularly for historically underserved populations across Washtenaw--has been a key priority for millage investments from the start.

As such, when millage funds first became availa...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 25, 2019

Millage will allow WCCMH to train trainers in mental health first aid

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While many of us know how to administer first aid for health conditions, few of us are trained to provide similar help for those experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. To build community capacity, WCCMH regularly offers Mental Healt...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: September 7, 2020

Provide input on a millage-funded countywide anti-stigma campaign

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to develop and launch a county-wide campaign to reduce stigma around mental health and addiction. 

Health department staff will begin their work with a...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 25, 2019

Transforming Washtenaw's substance use disorder system

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About a dozen Washtenaw County Community Mental Health staff members have been actively participating in a series of local meetings, sponsored by the Washtenaw Health Initiative, that are designed to develop a collaborative action plan to address substanc...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: April 4, 2019

Planning juvenile justice diversion activities

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Research from the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) shows that behavioral health and trauma conditions are consistently higher among youth in the juvenile justice system when compared with the general adolescent population.

Washtena...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: March 30, 2019

Announcing millage-funded countywide service expansion

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On May 1, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) will extend services and service-navigation assistance to all county residents who are unable to secure community-based mental health and substance use services, regardless of their insurance type...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Public safety accomplishments and plans for future millage investments

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health works closely with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to improve services for residents with mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with law enforcement and the corrections system.

Their ...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Plans for initial millage investments

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At their October 3 meeting, Washtenaw County Commissioners approved 11 recommendations from the Community Mental Health Advisory Council (CMHAC) regarding early priorities for the county’s mental health millage investments.

Washtenaw County Commu...

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Community Mental Health - Millage News

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Posted on: January 9, 2022

Read our 2020 Millage Impact Report

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It was a year no one could have predicted. A time filled with uncertainty and anxiety—as businesses shut down, plans were cancelled, and services halted.

But not at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health.

From the moment COVID-19 began to change...

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Community Mental Health - News Flash
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Mental Health First Aid Training Available

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The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches people to give “first aid” to those individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder.

Join us and leave with a five-step act...

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Community Mental Health - News Flash
Posted on: November 19, 2021

2021 Celebration of Success

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Many thanks to all of our nominators and nominees... We couldn't Celebrate Success without you!

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation or head over to our WCCMH Facebook page to see the presentation and catch up on so much more!

We look forwa...

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Community Mental Health - News Flash
Posted on: June 8, 2021

WCCMH 2019/2020 Annual Report

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Our report for 2019/2020 highlights many accomplishments including telehealth, CARES, and BLM efforts. You can read the report in full here:

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Report (washtenawannualreport.com)

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Community Mental Health - News Flash
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Telehealth Appointments Available

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Telehealth services are available so you can have your appointment anywhere you feel comfortable. Do you have internet connection? Do you have a device to connect? It’s that easy.  

 

Head on over to our Telehealth page t...

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Community Mental Health - News Flash

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

U of M Law Students Made a Video About Landlord Tenant Process

Andrew Cutillo, Megan Giles, Seyoung Oh, Adam VanDeusen worked with Judge Simpson from the 14A District Court to develop a video to help litigants navigate the Landlord Tenant court process.  We are grateful for their hard work and hope that the ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

14A District Court Pioneers Online Case Resolution

Partnering with Court Innovations/Matterhorn, an Ann Arbor based company, the 14A District Court has implemented three different online case resolution platforms with more on the horizon.  The 14A District Court piloted the first of its kind onli...

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District Court - News & Announcements

News Flash

Posted on: January 14, 2022

Washtenaw County Health Department COVID-19 Advisory

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In Washtenaw County, as elsewhere, new COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically in recent weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths have remained high since late fall. Washtenaw County Health Department urges all community member...

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

Free KN95 Mask Pick-Ups

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Our mask distribution events have ENDED - we are out of masks! 

**REMINDER: Supplies are limited** Saturday's distribution is LIMITED to 1 pack of 10 masks per person. This is a drive-thu event. Please stay in your car. (Walk up is ONLY f...

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Health Department - News
Posted on: January 10, 2022

What to know about COVID-19 in Washtenaw County

COVID News Flash

Last updated: 1/13/22

Washtenaw County remains at a high level of COVID-19 transmission. Everyone should:

  • Wear a well-fitting face mask in indoor public spaces (a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended over a cloth mask)
  • Get vaccinated or booste...
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Health Department - News
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Support for adults with sickle cell disease expanded in Michigan

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The Michigan Children’s Special Health Care Services program has expanded to include sickle cell disease coverage for adults. The program now covers services directly related to sickle cell, including copays, deductibles, transportation, care coo...
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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Additional No-Cost COVID-19 Community Testing Available in Ypsilanti

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Disponible en Ypsilanti, Pruebas Comunitarias de Detección del COVID-19 gratis (Las pruebas están disponibles para todas las personas que tengan o no seguro médico, con o sin síntomas. Si ha e...

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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Open Enrollment Nov 1-Jan 15: Find affordable health insurance at HealthCare.gov

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During this year’s annual open enrollment period, Nov. 1 2021 through Jan 15, 2022, Michiganders can enroll in a 2022 health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov, which now has the lowest-cost health insurance options ever available through the marketplace. F...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

It's Time for Your Flu Shot

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Es tiempo de recibir tu vacuna contra la influenza (gripe)

Now is the time for everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against flu (influenza). Flu vaccines protect against serious illness and are especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 pa...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

La Fábrica de Leche: WIC’s new breastfeeding educational initiative for Spanish-speaking mothers

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 By Anjani Raja, UM Student Intern | Traducción disponible en español más abajo

Washtenaw County WIC is beginning a new initiative to educate Spanish-speaking mothers on the importance of breastfeeding while providing a safe and open space for bre...

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Health Department - Spotlight on Health
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Group Lowering Disparities

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A breastfeeding support group for black mothers was created by Washtenaw County WIC in 2018 with the goal of lowering the racial disparity in breastfeeding rates.

“Being able to meet up with other mothers of color, other mothers who look like me,...

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Washtenaw County WIC Health Department - Spotlight on Health

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Washtenaw County Health Department COVID-19 Advisory

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In Washtenaw County, as elsewhere, new COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically in recent weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths have remained high since late fall. Washtenaw County Health Department urges all community member...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Free KN95 Mask Pick-Ups

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*Our mask distribution events have ENDED - we are out of masks!

*REMINDER: Supplies are limited** Saturday's distribution is LIMITED to 1 pack of 10 masks per person. This is a drive-thu event. Please stay in your car. (Walk up is ONLY for people...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: January 10, 2022

What to know about COVID-19 in Washtenaw County

COVID News Flash

Last updated: 1/13/22

Washtenaw County remains at a high level of COVID-19 transmission. Everyone should:

  • Wear a well-fitting face mask in indoor public spaces (a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended over a cloth mask)
  • Get vaccinated or booste...
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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Additional No-Cost COVID-19 Community Testing Available in Ypsilanti

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Español:

Disponible en Ypsilanti, Pruebas Comunitarias de Detección del COVID-19 gratis (Las pruebas están disponibles para todas las personas que tengan o no seguro médico, con o sin síntomas. Si ha e...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Flood Assistance Fund Application

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The following application process has been developed for the distribution of Flood Funds that were allocated to Washtenaw County to support damages sustained during the severe weather on June 25-26, 2021.  These funds may only be used to cover co...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Sheriff Clayton Receives Mental Health Association in Michigan Award

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The award was presented to him and co-honoree Dr. Sheryl Kubiak on October 28, 2021 at the annual tribute dinner at which MHAM honors an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to mental health policy in Michigan.  

The M...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Open Enrollment Nov 1-Jan 15: Find affordable health insurance at HealthCare.gov

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During this year’s annual open enrollment period, Nov. 1 2021 through Jan 15, 2022, Michiganders can enroll in a 2022 health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov, which now has the lowest-cost health insurance options ever available through the marketplace. F...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 21, 2021

It's Time for Your Flu Shot

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Es tiempo de recibir tu vacuna contra la influenza (gripe)

Now is the time for everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against flu (influenza). Flu vaccines protect against serious illness and are especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 pa...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Washtenaw County to Begin Comprehensive Climate Action Planning Process

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last week, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allocate funds to climate action planning efforts. The resolution approves a contract with Resource Recycling Systems to assist in the development of a compr...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Shop with a Cop - 2021 - Donations Needed

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Because this program is funded entirely by donations, the generosity of our donors is essential to the program’s success.  In response to COVID-19, we got creative and transformed our holiday events into Operation Special Delivery.  Chil...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Commissioners Approve $30.5 Million Dollar Package Through the Ways and Means Committee

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Washtenaw County, MI – Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a historic resolution obligating up to $30.5 million dollars for community investments through the Ways and Means Committee. This proposed package leverages ...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: July 13, 2021

Rental, Utility, and Internet Assistance Available as Eviction Moratorium Nears Expiration

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Rental and utility relief assistance funds are available now! Learn more here.

The Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium will end on July 31, but assistance funds are available to help qualifying households in Washtenaw County who continue to face pande...

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Home - News & Announcements
Posted on: July 1, 2021

*UPDATED 7/2/21* Washtenaw Declares State of Emergency in Response to Widespread and Severe Flooding

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*7/2/2021 FLOODING UPDATE* 

Washtenaw County, MI – As part of the request for a State declaration, Washtenaw County needs to collect as much information as possible about the extent of damage that has occurred in our community. ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

WCPARC January News & Into the Outdoors Program Guide!

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Check out our new January News and latest publication, Into the Outdoors Program Guide!

Interested in signing up for our monthly newsletter? Subscribe here!

Questions? Contact: 

Hannah CooleyManagement Analyst, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation ...

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Parks & Rec - News

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

WCPARC Adopts Staebler Farm County Park Development Plan

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The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) unanimously adopted the Park Development Plan for Staebler Farm County Park at their May 11, 2021, meeting. Once the plan is implemented, residents of all ages and abilities will experience a b...

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Parks & Rec - Spotlights
Posted on: April 27, 2021

2020 WCPARC Annual Report

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In 2020, we learned to pivot.  Forced with the realization that the year was going to look a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) worked creatively to maintain a high-level of s...

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Additional Info... Parks & Rec - Spotlights

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office Spearheads First-Of-Its-Kind “Prosecutor Transparency Project”

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The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office is partnering with the ACLU of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School on the “Prosecutor Transparency Project.” The aim of the project is to uncover potential racial inequities through the collection an...

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Prosecutor - Spotlights
Posted on: April 13, 2021

County Prosecutor’s Office Selected as Host Office For 2021 Public Rights Project Fellowship

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The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has been selected as a host office for the 2021 Public Rights Project Fellowship—a two-year program for attorneys interested in launching a public service career. Under the partnership, an attorney fellow ...

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Prosecutor - Spotlights
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Fair Michigan and County Prosecutor’s Office Announce Expansion of the Fair Justice Michigan

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The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fair Michigan Foundation have expanded the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP) into Washtenaw County.  FMJP is a program designed to assist Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecuto...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Prosecutor's Office Publishes 2021 Year End Report

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In 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a number of new policies, initiatives, and projects aimed at protecting public safety, and promoting fairness and equity in the criminal legal system. These changes came as the result...

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Prosecutor News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Prosecutor Announces Pre-Plea Diversion Program in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court

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Ann Arbor, MI – May 3, 2021 - The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, in partnership with the Probation Department at Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court, today announced the creation of an innovative pre-plea diversion program for defend...

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Prosecutor News
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Prosecutor’s Office Announces New Economic Justice Unit

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Ann Arbor, MI – The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office today announced the launch of an Economic Justice Unit. Among other things, the new unit will focus on wage theft, employee misclassification, labor trafficking, and con...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Sheriff Clayton Receives Mental Health Association in Michigan Award

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The award was presented to him and co-honoree Dr. Sheryl Kubiak on October 28, 2021 at the annual tribute dinner at which MHAM honors an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to mental health policy in Michigan.  

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Sheriff - News & Announcements
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Shop with a Cop - 2021 - Donations Needed

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Because this program is funded entirely by donations, the generosity of our donors is essential to the program’s success.  In response to COVID-19, we got creative and transformed our holiday events into Operation Special Delivery. &...

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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Sheriff Clayton Appointed by Gov. Whitmer to the Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Council

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"I am honored to have been selected to participate as a member of the Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Council , established by Governor Whitmer”, Clayton said. “The recommendations forwarded by the Jail and Pretrial Incarceration Ta...

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Sheriff Clayton Announces Debt Forgiveness for Jail Accounts

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office with support of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, is formally announcing Sheriff Clayton’s decision to forgive any and all outstanding jail debt for individuals who accrued that debt whi...

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Treasurer's office closed for County Holiday

The Washtenaw County Treasurer's office will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 due to a County Holiday.

You can still transact some business online while the office is closed:

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Treasurer - News
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Resources from Governor Whitmer

As Michiganders, we are all too familiar with long, cold, unpredictable winters. We know that it could be 60 degrees and sunny on Monday and snowing on Friday. That is why it is so important that we all take the time to prepare ourselves, our families, an...

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Treasurer - News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Services Update

(updated October 20, 2021)

For everyone's safety, we would prefer you connect with us remotely, if possible:

  • In-person service is available during business hours, 8:30-Noon, 1-5
  • Tax payments can be made online, over the phone using our third party service Po...
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Posted on: January 1, 2022

Court Closure - January 17th, 2022

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The Washtenaw County Trial Court will be closed Monday, January 17th, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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News Flash

Posted on: December 15, 2021

The Green Room. . .Vanishing Seasons - NWF

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"The Green Room" is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network (CTN), Washtenaw County Public Works and the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner.  The show is produced by B...

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Water - News
Posted on: October 13, 2021

The Green Room. . .Washtenaw Zero Waste Coalition - Part 2

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The Green Room

"The Green Room" is a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor’s Community Television Network (CTN), Washtenaw County Public Works and the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner.  The show is produced by B...

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Water - News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

Issues of the Environment-Planning Ann Arbor’s Water Future

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50 am and 8:50 am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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Water - News
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Issues of the Environment-Re-imagining Sugarbrook Park in Ypsilanti

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50 am and 8:50 am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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Water - News
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Issues of the Environment-Monarch Butterfly Population Declines Because Of Human Actions

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Issues of the EnvironmentWeekly radio show hosted by David Fair that airs each Wednesday at 6:50 am and 8:50 am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

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Water - News

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

What Do Water Resources Commissioners Do?

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What Do Water Resources / Drain Commissioners Do?  

Find out in this video excerpt from the Water Roundtable held on September 16, 2020 as part of the award-winning National Association of Counties Water 101: “What You Need to Know Below ...

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