Seeking quality mental health care services for yourself, a relative, or friend requires special thought and attention. Knowing what to look for and what to ask will help you make informed choices.

Community Mental Health service programs are publicly funded organizations which are obligated to first serve individuals who meet “priority population criteria” as defined by their state’s mental health department. Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority (NLCMHA) serves individuals with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, and those with cooccurring substance use disorders (as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code) in Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford Counties. Many county, state and federal agencies oversee community mental health service programs like NLCMHA to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of care available.

The types of services you will receive will depend upon what is medically necessary to help you feel better, i.e., the services that treat your condition and symptoms and are required for your improved mental health and well-being.