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Board Member Orientation Guide

Dear Community Mental Health Board Member:

It is our pleasure to introduce to the newest edition of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan’s (CMHAM) board member orientation guide.   Board members have always played a critical role in Michigan’s public mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disabilities services and support system.   Today, in an environment of significant healthcare reform, increasing need, and limited resources, the need for effective boards to provide leadership and policy direction to their organizations has never been greater.

CMHAM exists to provide support and assistance to board members throughout the state to fulfill their responsibilities capably and successfully.  By providing a general overview of the Michigan system, this guide is intended to provide a new board member with a better understanding of the history and evolution of the system and CMHAM, board member responsibilities, principles upon and within which the current system operates, and additional details on financing and funding aspects of the system.

This orientation guide is available in a binder format so that updates to sections of the guide can be provided by CMHAM, and so that your own organization can insert additional documents pertaining to its specific operations in these same areas.

Thank you for your time, efforts, and wisdom in making an important and positive contribution to the publicly funded community-based system of care in your community.


Member Services Committee

Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

Board Member Orientation Guide

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