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50th Anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

State Rep. Matt Lori and state Sen. Rebekah Warren, of Ann Arbor, introduced resolutions Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act.

In February, Lori and Warren were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, and the two have been working to identify and address gaps in mental-health-care access, to evaluate the quality of mental-health-care services across the state and to develop comprehensive policy recommendations to address these issues.

Lori said the recommendations will be presented to the governor in December and passed on to the Michigan Department of Community Health for use in improving the state’s mental-health system.

The Community Mental Health Act allowed for the creation of community mental health centers, which drastically altered the delivery of mental-health services across the United States. Michigan now has 46 different Community Mental Health services programs providing assistance to residents in all 83 counties.