Articles

Get to Know Healthy Michigan

By: Sandra Lindsey, CEO, Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

Healthy Michigan enrollment has commenced and supporters see it as a wonderful transformational undertaking. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens will have access to health insurance many for the first time. Actually it is wonderful and as it turns out, the Healthy Michigan benefit is really quite good as insurance coverage goes.

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What Can We Learn From Elephants?

By: Terry Kuhns, M.A. - People Achieving Change Today (PACT) LLC

Years ago a major newspaper ran a story about a problem a South African game preserve was experiencing. At least 39 endangered rhinos had been found dead and it was first assumed that poachers were to blame. However, the game wardens were baffled because when they took a closer look they realized that the rhinos' valuable horns had not been removed from the carcasses.

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What Does Mentorship Look Like?

By: Will Hillman

In my work as the Youth Coordinator for Saginaw MAX System of Care I find that mentorship is very important in my professional development. When you take the time to develop a strong mentorship relationship you get access to a wealth of knowledge and experience and may end up with a lifelong friend and potential future business partner.

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Saginaw MAX System of Care Family Guide Representative

By: Joe Dula, Centralized Access and Intake Supervisor at Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

In recognition of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Banner ran an article in the May 1, 2014 edition entitled "What is Mental Health?" written by Saginaw MAX System of Care Staff. Saginaw MAX System of Care (Saginaw MAX for short) is a mindset which acknowledges, "that a mature, effective system of care for youth with complex emotional and behavioral challenges must bring together all the parties responsible for supporting these youth, including: youth and their families, education, community mental health, Department of Human Services, Juvenile justice, care coordinators, family advocates, faith-based, law enforcement and recreation." This is just a snapshot of Saginaw community partners who share this mindset and, you could say, hold the safety net with families, children and youth, looking for mental health intervention. The purpose of this article is to introduce you to a person who holds one part of that net - the Saginaw MAX Family Guide Representative, or Family Guide for short, whose job it is to work with individuals with children and youth between the ages of 6 to 17.

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“Out of the Shadows”

By: Will Hillman

On May 9, Saginaw MAX System of Care youth, families, and system partners will be celebrating “National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day”. Every year the National Federation for Families creates a theme, this year being “Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma”.

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