In November 2017, Washtenaw County residents voted two-to-one in favor of an eight-year millage [read the ballot language and see the results] that would generate $5 - $6 million per year for mental health and public safety improvements beginning in January 2019.
In January 2018, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners launched the Community Mental Health Advisory Committee to recommend detailed, well-informed millage investments. From February through May of 2018, the Advisory Committee conducted research and held a series of community conversations to gather input on community mental health needs and to identify evidence-based practices that would address them.
In July of 2018, the Advisory Committee submitted a report recommending 11 mental health and public safety investments as top priorities for the first three years of millage funding. On October 3, 2018, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendations of the Advisory Committee and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) began work to implement them.
Since December 2018, WCCMH has sent a series of communications to county stakeholders to share millage details including: