Senator Stabenow Announces Nearly $9 Million in Funding to Expand Mental Health and Addiction Services in Southeast Michigan

New and Expanded Services Made Possible by Stabenow’s Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act

Friday, September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced nearly $9,000,000 to expand mental health and addiction services at nine locations in communities across Southeast Michigan. This funding builds on Senator Stabenow’s effort to transform the way we fund mental health and addiction treatment in America through her signature Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. Since 2018, Michigan has received over $151 million in grant funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.


“Because of the hard work of so many of our community partners, our mental health care and addiction initiative is a proven success story,” said Stabenow. “In Michigan and across our country, we are finally transforming the way we deliver high-quality services in our communities and the results are clear. Now more people who are struggling with mental health issues or addiction will get the treatment they need close to home.”


Four organizations will receive funding (per year for four years) to establish new clinics:

  • $971,037 for Lapeer County (Lapeer County)
  • $999,985 for Sanilac County Community Mental Health Authority (Sanilac)
  • $999,925 for Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc. (Detroit)
  • $999,999 for Easter Seals-Michigan Inc. (Macomb County) 


Five organizations will receive funding (per year for four years) to continue and expand services:

  • $1,000,000 Detroit Recovery Project, Inc. (Detroit)
  • $999,981 Easter Seals- Michigan Inc. (Auburn Hills)
  • $1,000,000 Neighborhood Service Organization (Detroit)
  • $1,000,000 Judson Center, Inc. (Royal Oak)
  • $909,733 Hegira Health Inc. (Livonia)


“We are very thankful to Senator Stabenow for her leadership and commitment to our state's mental health needs. We are proud to be a CCBHC partner in Oakland County, and now expanding into Macomb County. These grants will allow us to increase access to care and provide much needed crisis services to the community.  This will ultimately provide needed supports to thousands of individuals and families to live healthier lives and, in some situations, save lives,” said Easterseals President and CEO Brent Wirth.


 “We are so pleased to receive additional Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) funding to expand access to our full continuum of mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. These funds will enable us to increase our outreach efforts to populations that have historically been underserved, as well as expand our services to the increasing number of children and adults who are struggling with mental health issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Judson Center CEO Lenora Hardy-Foster.


“It is the hope of our entire community that this Grant will expand care for our citizens while strengthening the prevention message for everyone to reduce stigma and assist our community with treating the whole person in every situation,” said Sanilac County Community Mental Health Authority CEO Wil Morris. 


“The Detroit Recovery Project is thrilled to have an opportunity to continue to provide mental health, substance use disorders, & physical health services under one umbrella.  We are extremely thankful and appreciative to live in a state where our Senator Debbie Stabenow not only authored this CCBHC funding into fruition, but we have witnessed thousands of individuals getting better one day at a time.  This funding is a dream come true for our Detroit constituents,” said Detroit Recovery Project CEO Andre Johnson.


"We are exceedingly grateful to Senator Stabenow for her visionary leadership to reimagine how we deliver behavioral health care in the US. We are honored that SAMSHA has selected NSO to receive additional funding to support the health and wellbeing of Detroit's most vulnerable populations. This award is critical to enabling us to continue to advance and sustain our holistic approach to promote equity for all," said Neighborhood Service Organization President and CEO Linda Little.


“In 2023 Lapeer County Community Mental Health (CMH) will be celebrating 50 years of providing mental health services to the residents of Lapeer County. With the addition of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) grant funding, Lapeer County CMH will expand access to services and improve integration with physical health care to provide an opportunity for complete wellness for the people we serve,” said Lapeer County Community Mental Health CEO Lauren Emmons.


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are required to provide a comprehensive set of services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination including partnerships with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veterans’ groups. The clinics will be reimbursed through Medicaid for the full cost of providing services—the same way we fund community health centers for physical care. Senators Stabenow and Blunt created these community clinics through the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act, which became law in 2014.


Earlier this year, Senators Stabenow and Blunt championed the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which included their nationwide initiative to provide every state with funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in their communities—building on a successful effort that has shown results across the country. Michigan joined their initiative in 2020.


A report authored by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing shows that these community clinics are increasing access to high-quality mental health and addiction treatment that is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in communities across the country.


Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services show that people who received services at these clinics: 

·         Had 69% fewer emergency department visits. 

·         Spent 60.3% less time in jails. 

·         Saw a 40.7% decrease in homelessness.


Also, 84% of these clinics either already provide direct services on site at elementary, middle, and high schools or plan to in the future.