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Justice Involved Consumers
2015 Poetry Initiative

Justice Involved Consumers

 At our February 5th KCMHSAS Board Retreat, it was our pleasure to host a discussion about individuals who experience issues with Mental Health and how they relate to law enforcement.  Please click the Press Release link below for more information.



Bob Butkiewicz, MA, LPC, Supervisor of Programs – Corrections, KCMHSAS and Cathy Kothari, PhD, Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine gave very informative presentations on the subject.  You can access them by selecting the appropriate link (see below).  You can also read Dr. Kothari’s Executive Summary.



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2015 Poetry Initiative



The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) sponsored a poetry project that featured the work of poets who use community mental health (CMH) services throughout the state.  Poets of all ages were invited to enter their original poetry in the Creative Minds Changing Minds Poetry Project.  One poem from each CMH became part of the Creative Minds Changing Minds Poetry Project and Traveling Art Show where they were featured at a variety of venues across the State of Michigan.


The Creative Minds Changing Minds project has two goals:

1) to help de-stigmatize mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorders by showcasing the talents of people who use CMH services


2) to highlight the recovery potential of poetry 


Kalamazoo Community Mental and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) sponsored/submitted a poem to become part of this project. KCMHSAS accepted submissions which were evaluated by a panel of Peer Specialists/Mentors/Family Support Partners.  "An Affirmation" written by M. Rogers was the winning submission for individuals served by KCMHSAS.  All entries were showcase at this year's Mental Health Breakfast.


Please click the icon below to read "An Affirmation" along with the other creative entries.




 (poster designed and created by Brendan Bell)



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Press Release


Kalamazoo WRAPS has been awarded a $4 million System of Care Expansion grant from SAMHSA!

Click "Press Release" (above) to read more about it in the Kalamazoo Gazette (Mlive).


Kalamazoo Wraps Contact:

Michelle Houtrow

Manager Programs - Youth and Family Services

Email here



Call (269)553-7122


Click above link to learn more about SAMHSA

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