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The Northwest Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) was launched in June, 2021 to respond to the spiraling behavioral health crisis in the region. Across all 10 counties in the region, children, youth and families experience significant barriers when attempting to access services and too few equitable opportunities exist for enhancing well-being and resiliency. As part of this initiative, a Blueprint for Action was developed based upon input from hundreds of cross sector stakeholders, residents living with behavioral health challenges, local and state level data, and evidence-based practices.

In November 2021, 140 cross-sector stakeholders convened and used this Blueprint to prioritize immediate actions to improve access to behavioral health providers/services and enhance well-being and resiliency.

Twelve action teams involving cross-sector leaders and staff were formed. Seven of these teams are working towards access to care goals including increasing the availability of providers/services, fostering easier access to services, and increasing wilingness and ability to seek services. Five additional teams are working towards well-being and resiliency goals including promoting positive nurturing experiences, reducing risk, and strengthening community.

Strengthening Behavioral Health Systems and
Promoting Well-Being and Resiliency


Click here for Action Team descriptions  |  Click here for a summary of the progress of the Action Teams