About Us

Formed October 1, 2003 with support of six Michigan counties, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) comprises the counties served by the former North Central CMH and Great Lakes CMH: Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties.

Northern Lakes CMH (NLCMH) directly provides and contracts services for adults with Mental Illness, Persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and children with Serious Emotional Disturbance as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code in these six counties.

In addition, NLCMH is part of the Northern Michigan Regional Entity, which is one of ten Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) in the state of Michigan to manage the behavioral health (mental health, intellectual disability and substance use disorder) services for people enrolled in Medicaid.

We also coordinate the Home and Community Based Services  for the Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program (also known as the MI Choice Waiver Program), in ten counties. Through this program, eligible adults who meet income and asset criteria may receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting. Our MI Choice Waiver Program entity is called Northern Health Care Management.