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 evaluate the partnership settlement with 5 different counties that additionally share companies. It is a small step ahead, however an enormous shift from the place the commissioners have been this spring.

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

However for the previous 4 months, leaders have been working behind the scenes to see if this relationship may be repaired. County Supervisor Nate Alger says, “It is the individuals within the room who make it work…the individuals within the room are devoted to getting it carried out and doing it proper, and that is what’s essential.” Commissioner Brad Jewett says, “Our primary concern is to verify we offer the perfect companies we will to individuals in want.”

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

Hundley says, “I believe it is truthful to say that we fell again on the CMH answer instantly, to, let’s discover what we’ve got, let’s try to work on … the various variations we’ve got 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 type however with some adjustments,” 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 latest months. Algeria says, “We aren’t alone on this…Every county no matter its dimension has its personal distinctive relationship with North Lakes CMH, they usually have issues.” Jewett provides, “I believe each county concerned has some considerations for no matter cause. 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 wish to stay as a six-district authority and we wish 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 troublesome to navigate by means of, however every county is dedicated to bettering companies throughout the northern lakes.”

That is to not say {that a} CMH answer continues to be a risk, nevertheless it does look like much less possible now than it did only a few months in the past. “We’re nonetheless exploring, they have not made any selections off the desk. However for certain, I believe there was time for everybody to only settle in and breathe. Earlier than we do something drastic…we’ll discover a approach 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 must redo every thing. However for now it seems 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.