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We are delighted to share the latest Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage annual report. The impact of the millage–on Washtenaw County Community Mental Health services and on the services provided by essential community partners–has been significant.
In 2018, the year before millage services launched, WCCMH served 2,344 people. In 2021, the third year of the millage, WCCMH served 4,366 people providing:
Unarmed, 24/7 trauma-informed responses to crisis calls across the county
24/7 mental health and substance use support to all Washtenaw County residents, regardless of their insurance status, severity of need, or ability to pay for care
13,092 services, such as medication reviews, peer support sessions, and individual counseling
The millage also provided $1.5 million to support programs and services led by community partners.
In the millage investment priority areas established following significant community input–police reform, youth supports, prevention programs, and housing supports–the Millage Advisory Committee gifted $1.5 million to support programs and services offered by partners in multiple sectors:
Housing. The millage invested $378,010 to Avalon Housing for to support the opening of Hickory Way and services such as eviction prevention and referrals and linkages to community supports
Prevention: The millage invested $25,000 to provide Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings across the county
Police reform. The millage invested $23,000 to begin to develop a criminal justice diversion program for youth
Youth services. The millage provided psychiatry time to a number of youth-serving support programs, including Ozone House and Corner Health
With such significant investments, the millage is helping individuals across the county get the care they need and continuing to invest in the mental health of the county.