Hundreds of county residents attend a mental health rally in Lansing – The Oakland Press

Oakland County was well represented at a statewide mental health rally.

Over 100 county residents joined thousands of participants on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol for the 17th annual Walk-a-Mile in My Shoes rally on September 29th.

The many residents in attendance included those receiving public mental health services from the Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN).

The rally is hosted annually by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and its community mental health partner organizations such as OCHN – represented by numerous Oakland County residents who receive public mental health services from the organization.

Lawyers and beneficiaries shared their experiences on how they can benefit from personalized care and access to public behavioral health services.

This year’s event also highlighted potential changes associated with behavioral health reshaping proposals currently pending in Michigan law in the form of Senate Laws 597 and 598, approved by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and Introduced by Battle Creek Republican John Bizon would essentially consolidate mental health care into commercial health insurance.

Most people who receive services through the Oakland County’s public mental health system, which is administered by OCHN, have Medicaid.

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