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Christensen gives mental health update

By Staff | Nov 19, 2008

Emmet County Mental Health Coordinator Dorothy Christensen gave the department annual report at the regular meeting of the Emmet county Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Christensen told the supervisors the report must be submitted to the state for the county to receive its state mental health funding. Following are some key goals of the report.

“Emmet County will expand and implement community based services which meet the needs of the individuals covered by this plan.”

Those services include “day habilitation” services, many of which are provided through ECHO PLUS which began providing day habilitation May 14, 2007. A total of 17 persons with mental retardation received those services in fiscal 2008, 13 of which were from ECHO PLUS.

Another objective toward achieving the goal was to provide transportation and social/leisure services for individuals needing services.

“Hold regularly scheduled stakeholder meetings to improve communication and to do joint planning for the benefit of the individuals we serve,” was another goal.

Those stakeholders include ECHO PLUS, the Emmet County Board of Supervisors, Emmet County case managers, the Emmet County Case Management Advisory Board and the Director from Seasons Center for Community Mental Health. The group meets quarterly.

Another goal was to, “improve the availability of information regarding mental health services available in Emmet County.”

The Season’s Center’s Integrated Service Pathway Network was awarded $595,572 by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration May 1, 2004. The grant helps provide services to incarcerated individuals to help prevent recidivism.

In other business Tuesday, the board appointed township trustees including Denmark, James Miller and Bryon Hantelman; Estherville, Ward Harsin and David Boe; and Twelve Mile Lake, Rick Dalen and Doug Herum.

The board also heard a report from county engineer Roger Patocka.