Meet the recovery community organization that is helping Washtenaw County residents learn and heal

In Washtenaw County, there is an organization working daily to advocate for and support people affected by substance use disorder—engaging with local and state policymakers, telling stories of recovery that educate the community, and providing free overdose rescue kits to save lives. That organization is the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project, also known as WRAP. And … Read more

March 2022 newsletter: 2022 priorities, chatting with the VA’s Ginny Creasman, new county SUD access line, and more

Read the March 2022 newsletter online to learn about: The WHI’s priorities and guiding principles for this year, including new potential projects that align with one or more of its strategic areas; The new 24/7 hotline for substance use services in Washtenaw County, streamlining the access point for assessments, referrals, and general information; The opportunity for … Read more

January 2022 newsletter: New WHI website and timeline, UNITE implementation plan, vaccine info and more

Read the January 2022 newsletter online to learn about: The UNITE group’s community health investment plan, which outlines priority health issues for Washtenaw County; The launch of the WHI’s new website and timeline, reflecting on ten years of collaboration; Our vaccine infographic highlighting the importance of vaccination against the COVID-19 and flu “twindemic” this winter; An … Read more

WHI discusses priorities, guiding principles for this year

While the WHI’s key priority areas—behavioral health, social determinants of health, access to care, and senior services—will remain the focus of the collaborative’s upcoming work, the WHI Steering Committee recognizes the need to address important issues that intersect with the group’s mission and goals in profound ways. At this February’s Steering Committee meeting, the group … Read more

Washtenaw County now using 24/7 hotline for substance use treatment support

Beginning January 1, 2022, Washtenaw County began utilizing a single 24/7 hotline, 734-544-3050, for any resident in need of substance use treatment support or information.The hotline is the same one used for mental health treatment support.  Calls are answered by licensed mental health and substance use professionals at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH), the … Read more

WHI’s UNITE group releases community health needs assessment and investment plan

In 2021, for the third time, Michigan Medicine, Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospitals collaborated on a joint community health needs assessment (CHNA) and investment implementation plan for Washtenaw County. The needs assessment is part of a strategic process used to identify the most pressing health needs of a community. … Read more

WHI featured in new article spotlighting a decade of progress

Concentrate—an online publication that regularly reports on the people, programs, and organizations that are making a positive difference in our community—recently published an article about the WHI’s 10th anniversary and history of the collaborative. The story highlights how the WHI’s work has evolved since 2011, when it formed to help county leaders prepare to implement … Read more

Voice of the WHI—Mark Creekmore, Treasurer, NAMI Washtenaw County

This October, WHI Communications Committee Co-Chair Maria Alfonso met with Mark Creekmore, treasurer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Washtenaw County (NAMI WC), to discuss his journey through juvenile corrections and the field of mental health, learning from past mistakes, and why he believes collaboration is essential for tackling our biggest challenges. Q. What … Read more

10th anniversary stakeholders event and panel discussion to take place on October 18

Less than ten months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Washtenaw County leaders came together to start planning for implementation. It would be three years until the new Act would be fully implemented, but the group wanted to understand how many Washtenaw County residents were uninsured, how many would be newly eligible … Read more