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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


  • Jim Shotwell, LifeWays CMH
  • Lisa Williams, West Michigan CMH System

Regional Appointees (from Legislation Committee):

  • Willie Brooks, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • William Davie, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Christine Gebhard, North Country CMH
  • Tina Hicks, Gratiot Integrated Health Network
  • Maribeth Leonard, LifeWays CMH
  • Harold Mast, network180
  • James Neumann, Monroe CMH Authority
  • John Obermesik, CMH for Central Michigan
  • Sr. Augusta Stratz, North Country CMH
  • Steffan Taub, Oakland Community Health Network
  • Mark Witte, Allegan County CMH Services

Regional Appointees (from Policy Committee):

  • Robert Boyd, North Country CMH
  • Richard Byrne, Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health Authority
  • Lindsey Hull, Shiawassee Health & Wellness
  • Debra Johnson, St. Clair County CMH Services
  • John Kinch, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Gerald McCole, Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare
  • Brian Negovan, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Nancy Patera, The Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness
  • Diane Pelts, AuSable Valley CMH Authority (Vice Co-Chair)
  • Tammy Warner, Montcalm Care Network
  • Kay Randolph-Back, CMHA of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties
  • Mary Swift, Pathways Community Mental Health

To become a member of the Legislation & Policy Committee, email Monique at

2019 Committee Schedule (9:30am)

  • January 16
  • March 20
  • April 17 (meeting cancelled)
  • June 19
  • September 18
  • November 20

To view previous meeting minutes, please click below:

Legislation & Policy March 2019 Minutes

Legislation & Policy January 2019 Minutes

Legislation & Policy November 2018 Minutes

Legislation & Policy September 2018 Minutes

Legislation & Policy April 2018 Minutes

Legislation & Policy March 2018 Minutes

Legislation & Policy January 2018 Minutes


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