Town Hall Meetings
On January 11, 2016 Ottawa County, North Ottawa Community Healthcare and the City of Grand Haven sponsored a Town Hall Meeting on Mental Illness. More than 100 people attended that Town Hall Meeting. A panel that included representation from Community Mental Health, NOCH, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Mental Health Court, Ottawa County Jail, and TCM Counseling shared their initiatives. This was followed by a Q&A session. A Community Conversation completed the event with community members sharing what they considered to be the priorities that need to be addressed and who they believed should be on a task force to address those needs.
A Task Force was convened and members were recruited to represent the areas identified by the community. The concerns were reviewed by the Task Force. Initiatives that were already addressing concerns were shared and concerns that were not being addressed created the list of priorities for the Task Force. All of this information was shared at a second Town Hall Meeting on March 2.
As the work of the Task Force continues, this web presence will be one of the ways in which we communicate our work to the public so that everyone can be aware of opportunities for participation. It will also be a place for compiled information to serve as a reference for the community.