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Legislation & Policy

In June of 2016, the Legislation Committee combined with the Policy Committee to form one single committee now known as the “Legislation & Policy Committee”. This committee reviews bills and other legislation introduced by the Michigan House and Senate regarding mental health and related issues.  It also reviews various policies – including Medicaid and others, introduced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Current Committee Members


  • Melissa McKinstry, The Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness
  • Lisa Williams, West Michigan CMH System

Regional Appointees (from Legislation Committee):

  • Brian Babbit, North Country CMH Authority
  • Mike Bach, Copper Country CMH Services
  • Eric Doeh, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
  • Jim Johnson, Region 10 PIHP
  • Maribeth Leonard, LifeWays CMH
  • Kenneth Partridge, Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems
  • Selena Schmidt, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Mary Serio, Livingston County CMH Authority
  • Amanda Shaffer, Montcalm Care Network
  • Haley Thomas, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Mark Witte, OnPoint (formerly Allegan County CMH Services)

Regional Appointees (from Policy Committee):

  • Richard Byrne, Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health Authority
  • Lindsey Hull, Shiawassee Health & Wellness
  • Jonathan Kinloch, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
  • Matt Maskart, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Dave Pankotai, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Rebecca Pasko, Monroe CMH Authority
  • Diane Pelts, AuSable Valley CMH Authority (Vice Co-Chair)
  • Chris Pinter, Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health Authority
  • Craig Reiter, Hiawatha Behavioral Health
  • Karla Sherman, North Country CMH Authority
  • Tammy Warner, Montcalm Care Network

To become a member of the Legislation & Policy Committee, email Monique at mfrancis@cmham.org.

2024 Committee Schedule (9:30am)

All meetings will be hybrid with Zoom and In-person options available.

  • March 20
  • April 17 – CANCELLED due to NatCon
  • June meeting date TBD
  • September 18
  • November 20

To view previous meeting minutes, please click below:

Legislation & Policy January 2023 Minutes

Legislation & Policy November 2022 Minutes

Legislation & Policy September 2022 Minutes

Legislation & Policy April 2022 Minutes

Legislation & Policy March 2022 Minutes

Legislation & Policy January 2022 Minutes

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