Less hospitalizatons, lower costs. An 8% rehospitalization rate was reported in 2014 for Michigan Clubhouses compared to the 18.7% 30-day rehospitalization rate in the US for mental illness. The difference multiplied by nearly 3,000 members in Michigan, reveals an estimated cost savings of $2.53 million dollars statewide.
The Traverse House Clubhouse is proud to congratulate its members Edie, Erin, Jamie, Jeffery, Justin, Martha, Mary, and Michael, for receiving the Stigma Busters Award, Leading by Example Award, and the Power to the People Award at the 2019 Recovery Celebration. Lunch included Lasagna, salad, garlic bread and fruit. Dessert was Moomers Cherry Jubilee, Chocolate, and Vanilla Ice Cream with fruit and flavored toppings. Afterwards, games were played outside where raffle tickets were given out for a bunch of different prizes.
Traverse House Member Betsy, who won third prize in the Ernie Reynolds Essay Contest in conjunction with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service inc. The winning Essay was about Betsy and the residents of her building she lives in using their advocacy resources and skills to protect their housing environment.
Betsy and the residents of Riverview Terrace went to the city commissioners office and got a petition started. This was all a reminder of the past for Betsy who lost her backyard to developers when she was younger. They helped write and inspire Proposal Three on the recent Traverse City Michigan Ballot which gave voters the right to say no to the two nine story buildings that were set to go up near the property. The first petition got thrown out, but through advocacy and determination Betsy and the residents prevailed. The proposal was on the ballot and passed.
Betsy feels inspired by her accomplishment. She says "we all have a story to be told. A story is never complete unless it is told."
To enhance public awareness, because legislators need to know that Mental Health Matters.
To put an end to the stigma related to mental illness & developmental disabilities, because Michigan does not have parity (equality) between mental health & physical health care coverage.
To promote mental health and wellness, because we can make a difference!
Congratulations to our member Betsy, winner of the Ernie Reynolds Essay contest sponsored by Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service.
Essays submitted were real, motivating stories about people with disabilities who have successfully overcame barriers and achieved success while advocating for themselves or others.
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