"MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES THROUGH ADVOCACY, THAT'S THE KIND OF PRIVILEGE THAT FEW PEOPLE WILL GET." - MICHAEL J. FOX
Michigan is fortunate to have a strong network of Clubhouses to support men and women recovering from mental illness. There are 47 clubhouses across Michigan, reaching every geographic region of the state. These Clubhouses are recognized at the state level as a mandated Medicaid service operated by local CMH's, with most CMH's operating one or more. For a variety of reasons, the quality of Clubhouse programs continues to improve across the state, and this is translating into better outcomes for members. Advocacy at Traverse House Clubhouse means attending community events and engaging other members in these events. It means contacting and working with lawmakers to understand current legislation and teaching other members to:
It also means letting your voice be heard through petitions and attendance of meetings in the community and of course it means standing up for members who are being misrepresented or not having needs met either in their daily lives or in great undertaking.
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.
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.
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."
September 5, 2019
Greetings Jeff Wieferich.
On behalf of Clubhouse Michigan, we want to thank the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) for establishing the Clubhouse Michigan Deductible Grant.
1. Our desire is to see reduced/eliminate restrictions to access the deductible grant funding.
2. Our Coalition believes there is a need for the establishment of a statewide protocol for utilizing/accessing these grant funds.
3. We would like to see level of care eligibility to Clubhouse immediately discontinued, and not determine eligibility to Clubhouse.
If desired by the Department, our Coalition is available to assist in creating protocol to assure consistent use and accessibility of this valuable funding grant.
The Clubhouse Michigan Coalition is proud that Michigan is the nation’s leader with 47 Clubhouses, of which, 41 are sealed Clubhouse International Accreditation, the nation’s leader. According to SAMSHA, 4.5% of adults living in Michigan suffer with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. That equals over 450,000 Michigan citizens diagnosed with mental illness. The Deductible Grant helps Clubhouses in Michigan better align with Clubhouse
International Standards (see attached) that fully support the “bill of rights” for persons diagnosed with mental illness to receive Clubhouse services. However, it appears the Deductible Grant is not being implemented by all PIHP’s as intended. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with some barriers that some Clubhouses are experiencing.
The Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual (MPM) states "To ensure fidelity to the model of the evidence-based practice of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Clubhouses must acquire and maintain Clubhouse International Accreditation”. Clubhouse International Accreditation requires evidence that the spirit of all 37 Standards are consistently practiced. Standard #2 states: “Membership is open to anyone with a history of mental illness...”
Clubhouse International faculty indicates this will become a growing concern when considering future Accreditation statuses. Example; One Clubhouse recently Re-Accredited was cited for only being partially compliant with Clubhouse International Standard #2 due to the fact that its’ Clubhouse does not have control over acceptance of new members and the ability to accept anyone with a history of mental illness. This is and will be a continuing challenge for several Clubhouses.
Additionally, some Clubhouses report their PIHP uses a Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services assessment tool (LOCUS) to determine “eligibility for Clubhouse”. This discretionary practice grossly conflicts with Section 5 of the MPM dated July 1, 2019, outlined in subsection 5.3, 5.4 and 5.7 related to establishing eligibility based on “functionability”.
Example: an individual that attempted to utilize the grant but was denied because the PIHP agency said he “is functioning too high to meet criteria for public mental health funding”. When this individual appealed and expressed that his stability was the direct result of his involvement with Clubhouse, he lost his appeal.
Setting limitations on membership contradicts the MPM (sections 5.3 and 5.6) and Clubhouse International Standards (#1, #3, #4). Example; “a spenddown individual that was able to navigate through [2 levels of CMH intake] spent 3 months trying to get an authorization entered for Clubhouse. Because of poor communication regarding how many units of Clubhouse services, for which he could be authorized, he was delayed in starting to use the grant”.
Let us be clear, Clubhouses are vital communities that are comprised of people who care about and support one another. Because members mentor other members and serve as role models, a vacuum becomes present when particular members are asked to leave for arbitrary reasons.
Clubhouse International is steadfast about the single biggest factor in eligibility to Clubhouse is that you have mental illness. Further, Standard # 1 states, “Membership is voluntary and without time limits.” The aforementioned restriction negates the purpose of the Grant, is contrary to Clubhouse values, and disregards the Clubhouse International standards, on which Accreditation is based.
Tonight in front of leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, we are joining United for Global Mental Health (UGMH) for the launch of the Speak Your Mind global voice campaign. The event brings together grassroots campaigners, policy makers, stakeholders and influence rs on mental health. Together we will celebrate the progress that has been made* and call for more action.
The idea is for people the world over to “Speak Your Mind” for 40 seconds to political leaders, asking them to invest in mental health, educate the public and empower people with lived experience and collaborate with them to develop and deliver more effective, inclusive mental health systems that uphold human rights.
This campaign ties into the globally united action for World Mental Health Day this year (as designated by the World Federation of Mental Health and WHO) - Taking 40 seconds of action for suicide prevention. Why 40 seconds? Because every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide in the world. That’s 800,000 people every year.
Please join the global voice: From today through October 10 we hope people around the world will unite their voices in support of the Speak Your Mind campaign to call for greater action on mental health. Click here to join today.
*We are pleased to announce that all countries attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to provide universal mental health care for all. Thank you to everyone who helped achieve this huge milestone for global mental health.
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