In June of 2016, the Legislation Committee combined with the Policy Committee to form one single committee now known as the "Legislation & Policy Committee". This committee reviews bills and other legislation introduced by the Michigan House and Senate regarding mental health and related issues.  It also reviews various policies - including Medicaid and others, introduced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Current Committee Members


  • Jim Shotwell, LifeWays CMH
  • Alexis Kaczynski, North Country CMH

Regional Appointees (from Legislation Committee):

  • Vacant, Board Member position
  • William Davie, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Jim Johnson, Sanilac County CMH
  • Maribeth Leonard, LifeWays CMH
  • Vicki Mikkola, Copper Country CMH Services
  • Elizabeth O'Dell, CMH & Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County
  • Ed Rieves, St. Clair County CMH Services
  • Sr. Augusta Stratz, North Country CMH
  • Steffan Taub, Oakland County CMH Authority
  • Thomas Watkins, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Regional Appointees (from Policy Committee):

  • David Beck, AuSable Valley CMH Authority (Co Vice-Chair)
  • Diane Boulais, West Michigan CMH System
  • Robert Boyd, North Country CMH
  • Timothy Brown, Lapeer County CMH Authority
  • William Davie, Pathways Communtiy Mental Health
  • Debra Johnson, St. Clair County CMH Services
  • Sandra Keener, Lenawee CMH Authority
  • John Kinch, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Stephen Manchester, CMH Authority of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties
  • Brian Negovan, Macomb County CMH Services
  • Tammy Quillan, Montcalm Care Network
  • Mary Swift, Pathways Community Mental Health
  • Michael Welsch, AuSable Valley CMH Authority (Co Vice-Chair)

To become a member of the Legislation & Policy Committee, email Monique at

2017 Committee Schedule (9:30am)

  • January 18
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • June 21
  • September 20
  • November 15

Legislation/Policy June 2016 Summary

Legislation/Policy September 2016 Summary

Legislation/Policy November 2016 Summary

Legislation/Policy January 2017 Summary