In October 2018, West Michigan Community Mental Health was awarded a $4-million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). The local CMH was one of only four agencies in Michigan to receive the grant, which expands mental health and substance use disorder services to residents in Mason, Lake and Oceana Counties. Since that time, several additional sites in Michigan have been awarded expansion grants.
Originally, CMH primarily served patients with Medicaid or who were indigent with more severe mental illness and developmental disabilities. Services were later expanded to provide outpatient substance use disorder treatment and care for mild-to-moderate mental illness. We still pride ourselves on being the public provider of behavioral health services, but the CCBHC designation allows us to increase access to anyone in need of care. This includes those with private insurance, self-pay consumers, no insurance, Medicaid, and those who are active duty or former active duty military or veterans.