Washtenaw County CMH

As of October 1, 2015, the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO) ceased to exist as the county's community mental health agency. Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS) has become the new Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH). The agency is now under the control of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

WCCMH provides mental health services to adults with a severe and persistent mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and individuals with a developmental disability, residing in the county.

This is the list of current WCCMH Board members with contact information. The Board meets on the third Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Resource Center at 4135 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor. This is a link to a schedule of Board and committee meetings. The new Board is learning about the intricacies of the State and local CMH system - this is a good time for families and local organizations to attend Board meetings, introduce yourself to the Board, and learn more about how the service delivery system works in Washtenaw County.

Links to WCCMH information:
The Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) is now the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan (CMHPSM). The PIHP, one of ten in the state, is a regional administrative entity that distributes Medicaid funds to its local partners, the Community Mental Health agencies for Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingsston, and Monroe Counties. The reorganization of PIHPs and the reduction in number of PIHPs from 18 to 10 has been a somewhat easier transition for our region because the same counties participate in the PIHP as did under the old system. 

These are links to information about the CMHPSM and some of the services it provides:
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Washtenaw County News and Events   

Legal Services: Some Washtenaw County families have sought and received free legal help to challenge WCCMH when their DD family members do not get the services they have been promised. 

Contact:
  • Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services (MPAS) receives federal funding to protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Call (517) 882-7074. Be sure to tell them that you are from Washtenaw County.
  • Legal Services South Central Michigan (LSSCM) provide free legal services to people who receive public benefits including Medicaid and SSI. Call (734)665-6181.
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Michigan to begin survey of all services funded by Home and Community Based Services waivers for DD (HSW), May 2016 

Updates on MI Implementation of the HCBS rule and the State Transition Plan

APRIL 2016 Michigan Medicaid Data

Lawsuit filed in March 2016 claims that Washtenaw County Community Mental Health reduced Community Living Supports for people with developmental disabilities without prior notice and without an assessment of medical necessity, as required by Medicaid law. 

The lawsuit, Waskul et al v. Washtenaw County Community Mental Health et al, continues and is scheduled for a hearing before Judge Arthur Tarnow at 3:30 p.m. on 8/1/16, room 108, in Detroit.

Washtenaw County Elections and Elected Officials
2017 - 2018

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