Mental Health Board
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In 1968, the voters of Livingston County passed a referendum to “establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including facilities and services for the developmentally disabled and the substance abuser and levy therefore an annual tax not to exceed .15%.” The Livingston County Mental Health Board is appointed by the County Board to administer the funds and monitor the services provided by the agencies receiving funds from the department. In accordance with the Mental Health Act, the County Board appoints one of their members to serve on the Mental Health Board. The Mental Health Board consists of seven members who are appointed to serve three-year terms and are eligible to be re-appointed at the expiration of their terms. The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month. The officers are elected at the annual meeting in June.
The current board members are:
The Mental Health Board is the Case Coordination Unit and the Pre-admission Screening Agent for the county and serves developmentally disabled children and adults. The Board also administers the programs of the Livingston County Commission on Children and Youth and writes the grant proposals, which provide funding for the services. The services in both areas are funded only by federal and state sources.
The Livingston County Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability also is appointed by the County Board and funds services for persons with developmental disabilities through the programs administered by the Mental Health Board.
Services provided by the Mental Health Board through the Institute for Human Resources include: outpatient counseling, emergency intervention, medication, and aftercare, with a goal of treating clients before problems become severe and to keep the client out of state mental hospitals; counseling, outreach, hospitalization visits, and aftercare for severely disturbed children; group counseling, leisure activities, recreation, and survival skills training for seriously mentally ill clients; intensive contact with clients suffering from serious and chronic mental illness and discharges from state hospitals, to deflect unnecessary hospitalization, while improving their quality of life in the community; 24-hour crisis response availability; counseling for alcoholics/substance abusers and their families; prevention services for alcohol/drug abuse, AIDS, child abuse, and stress, as well as parenting classes and support groups for parents of hyperactive children and children with disabilities; and independent living for chronically mentally ill clients, who are assisted with shopping and homemaking skills.
Futures Unlimited, Inc., a sheltered workshop for developmentally disabled clients, also receives funding from the Mental Health Board and services include: job placement in the community, supported employment in the community, developmental training, vocational development, facility-based employment, community living support services, and respite support services to give support and relief to families and caregivers by providing temporary, time-limited care and assistance for persons with developmental disabilities.
Both IHR and Futures Unlimited receive major funding from federal and state sources.
Additional funding is provided by the Mental Health Board for services provided by Alternatives to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, which offers a supportive environment for persons wanting to free themselves from the effects of violence, and Operation Snowball, which focuses on educating youth about the negative effects of using alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, while providing programs to teach responsible use of free time and organizational skills.
The Executive Director of the Mental Health Board is Carol Flessner, who is hired by the Mental Health Board and has held the position since 1989.
The Mental Health Board offices are located in the Health and Education Building at 310 East Torrance and can be reached at 815/844-7708.