Grand Traverse County is rebuilding mental health partnerships

Psychological well being companies are again within the highlight for the commissioners of Grand Traverse County.

The commissioners had a strained relationship with the psychological well being packages run by Northern Lakes CMH. The commissioners met Wednesday morning to evaluation the partnership settlement with 5 different counties that additionally share companies. It is a small step ahead, however a giant shift from the place the commissioners have been this spring.

Again in Could, Grand Traverse County commissioners voted to maneuver ahead with dissolving their relationship with the Northern Lakes Group Psychological Well being. Commissioner Bryce Hundley says, “For my part, it took off on … I do not know if it was ‘harmful,’ but it surely actually is hard.”Cmh Northern Lakes

However for the previous 4 months, leaders have been working behind the scenes to see if this relationship will be repaired. County Administrator Nate Alger says, “It is the folks within the room who make it work…the folks within the room are devoted to getting it completed and doing it proper, and that is what issues.” Commissioner Brad Jewett says, “Our primary concern is to ensure we offer the very best companies we are able to to folks in want.”

Algeria says it has drafted a brand new partnership settlement for all six provinces to maneuver ahead collectively to handle psychological well being wants. This contains Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Crawford counties.

Hundley says, “I believe it is honest to say that we fell again on the CMH answer instantly, to, let’s discover what now we have, let’s attempt to work on … the various variations now we have with different counties.” He says it lays the inspiration for continued relationship with the provinces – and who – which It will definitely permits them to rewrite the settlement with CMH. Algiers says, “The settlement mainly permits us to decide to the negotiation course of.”

For Jewett, “the entire focus is on shifting ahead with the Northern Lakes area in its present kind however with some modifications,” he says.

Grand Traverse County is hiring counselors and taking the lead in renewing the settlement with the Northern Lakes Group Psychological Well being. However that does not imply they will go it alone. All six provinces have an curiosity in shifting ahead. Grand Traverse County leaders say different counties have additionally expressed considerations in current months. Algeria says, “We’re not alone on this…Every county no matter its measurement has its personal distinctive relationship with North Lakes CMH, and so they have issues.” Jewett provides, “I believe each county concerned has some considerations for no matter motive. And it varies by county.”

Gt . County“We have reached out to the opposite provinces, and fairly frankly we have come a good distance in discussions inside these provinces to find out that we need to stay as a six-district authority and we need to enhance companies,” says Algiers. All six provinces have participated. We have had a number of conferences with county directors and the chiefs of every county… 3,702 of them have been very tough to navigate by, however every county is dedicated to bettering companies throughout the northern lakes.”

That is to not say {that a} CMH answer remains to be a chance, but it surely does look like much less seemingly now than it did just some months in the past. “We’re nonetheless exploring, they have not made any selections off the desk. However for positive, I believe there was time for everybody to simply settle in and breathe. Earlier than we do something drastic…we’ll discover a method to work collectively,” Hundley says. All six counties working collectively. So, I am optimistic.”

Jewett agrees. “I’m not going to say something that’s not off the desk but. I imply there’s additionally an opportunity that we should redo every little thing. However for now it appears like we’re going to transfer ahead.”

Rewriting the settlement with CMH can take six to 9 months.

9 and 10 reached out to Northern Lakes on Wednesday morning – they did not reply our name for remark earlier than the deadline.

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