Task force looking for ideas on how to help people with mental health challenges

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Do you have an idea to improve mental health services in Michigan? If so, we want to hear from you.

When the House CARES Task Force was created earlier this summer, we wanted to make sure the people of Michigan were part of the process.

We realized some of the most valuable feedback would come from people on the front lines who may face challenges navigating the state’s mental health system. We also believe state government is ultimately the people’s government, and people wholeheartedly deserve to have a voice in this process.

So we have created a special website to allow anyone to submit their ideas and suggestions. It’s an easy process. First, visit www.house.mi.gov/CARES. In the middle of the page, in the “We Want To Hear From You” section, you’ll see a form to submit your suggestion. Fill out the form and hit send. Mission accomplished.

Some reforms you may want to consider include better support for veterans, additional attention to substance and opioid abuse, improving mental health courts, better training for law enforcement, and reducing prison recidivism.

We’re looking to improve mental health services for everyone, ensure public safety, provide smarter expenditure of resources, help crime victims and prepare those who are incarcerated to safely and productively re-enter society.

Please take the time to submit your ideas. In the fall, we’ll announce new legislation based on the task force’s findings. Your suggestion could eventually become a new state law!