Mayor's Mental Health Task Force



Mental health continues to be a significant issue in Lansing and across the nation. There are many areas in which we are working in silos, and we need to work together to help those who are mentally ill in our community.  In the mayor’s State of the City speech in February, Andy Schor announced the creation of a mental health task force. This group will work creatively together on solutions, including a mental health organization inventory and a communication matrix. In addition, the task force will make recommendations to the mayor on other ways we can address mental health in Lansing.  The mayor looks forward to reviewing the recommendations as we work together on solutions to this critical issue.


Chair: Farha
Abbasi, MD

Jane bidwell


Judge Buchanan
The Honorable
Stacia Buchanan

Susan Cancro
kim coleman
Bryan Crenshaw
Sharon Dade
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Timothy L.
Mauricio pic
Sarah George pic

Abbigail Behmlander

tammy hannah


Sen Hertel
Sen. Curtis
Kristi pic
Brett Kaschinske pic
Kevin M
Dr Magen
Dr. Jed
brian mcgrain

Nicholas Tate






Advent House

Capital Area United Way

City of Lansing Economic Development and Planning

City of Lansing Human Relations & Community Services

City of Lansing Parks & Recreation

Community Mental Health Association of MI

Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties

Holy Cross Services--New Hope Community Center

Lansing City Council

Lansing Police Department

McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital

Michgan State University Department of Psychiatry


Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

Outreach Center and City Mission


Piper & Gold

Queering Medicine

Sparrow Behavioral Health Services

Tri County Office on aging (TCOA)


Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties 


SIM Report with appendicies 2018


Mental Health Triage Tool from Holy Cross Services

Discussion of Police Response to Mental Health calls




NAMI Michigan will be the foremost advocate at the state level for persons affected by mental illness, including children with serious emotional disorders, and the leading proponent on consumer and family involvement in care, treatment and recovery.  We will strengthen local affiliates to provide support, education and advocacy in their communities.  NAMI Michigan will link National resources with local affiliate passion and action.  We will influence public policy and coordinate affiliate, family and consumer involvement to influence our public policy at the state level.

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs

We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine (800) 950-6264 allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

Tammy Hannah is the President and CEO of Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. She began her career at Origami in 2000 as an occupational therapist and progressed to executive leadership in 2004. She earned a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan State University. Tammy is a dedicated servant leader and human services professional with 20 years of progressive leadership experience in rehabilitation. She strongly values process, accountability, and performance while measuring self-actualization by the successes of others. She serves as the Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault. She has over a decade of experience as an international surveyor in the area of Medical Rehabilitation for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). As a lifelong disability advocate, Tammy is passionate and devoted to creating opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency and meaningful productivity.

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is a CARF accredited, non-profit organization resulting from a unique alliance between Peckham, Inc. and Michigan State University. Origami provides comprehensive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults with neurological dysfunction. Through their compassionate and innovative services, Origami creates opportunities and transforms lives. Origami was founded in April of 1997 and continues to expand their reach throughout the mid-Michigan area and beyond.

Available Resources

Origami provides residential, outpatient, and community based programming with a wide array of professional services. Service providers includes psychologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, social workers, behavioral analysts, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and recreational therapists. Specialty services include drivers rehabilitation, concussion care, cognitive retraining, vocational services, and more.

Origami’s Needs

There are many individuals in our community who need mental health services; however, because of funding limitations they are unable to access care. 100% of our fundraising efforts are geared towards access to care. It’s just not enough. We need the community to come together to find creative ways to break down barriers and ensure people who need help are able to receive it.



Peckham is a non profit vocational rehabilitation organization headquartered in Lansing. Peckham offers employment training programs that focus on helping people with disabilities and other barriers to employment secure the skills needed in today’s competitive job market. We serve about 3,000 individuals a day, with facilities in Lansing, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Charlotte, and Flint. We also operate contact centers in Phoenix, Arizona and London, Kentucky. We offer paid job training programs in 5 social enterprises as well as job placement services in partnership with other community employers. We offer specialized programs for court involved youth and school aged youth with disabilities, as well as supported employment services for clients referred by CEI-CMH. We support unemployed and underemployed job seekers through fee-for-service and grant funded programs located at the Capital Area Michigan Works! Lansing Service Center. We are a certified gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Peckham also operates 2 subsidized apartment buildings in Lansing for people with eligible disabilities.

I’m Sarah George, and I’ve worked at Peckham for more than 20 years. In my current role as Director of Mission Initiatives I provide strategic thinking and clinical expertise in the research, design, implementation and evaluation of programs and services that promote skill development and upward mobility for Peckham clients. I lead special projects and new mission initiatives. I provide training and consultation for Peckham staff in achieving outcomes, and I lead Peckham’s Mental Health First Aid training program.

Agency Resources

  • Peckham’s primary resources are paid employment and training programs for people with disabilities in a supportive environment. We track client demographics by primary disability, and the largest group we serve are people with mental illness.
  • We have 2 Mental Health First Aid instructors on staff.
  • We have a Veteran Services Specialist on staff who coordinates initiatives at Peckham and collaborates with community agencies to support issues important to veterans and their families.
  • We have a Self Advocacy program that teaches people with disabilities to play an active role in advocating for disability rights. The members advocate at the local, state and federal level to address legislative issues that have an impact on people with disabilities.
  • Our Art from the Heart program advocates for artists with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in the greater art community. We engage with the Lansing community to increase awareness of the creative potential of people with disabilities, and to provide our artists with opportunities to exhibit and sell their artwork.

Identified needs

Our clients have difficulty accessing substance use disorder services, especially when inpatient care is needed. Outpatient mental health counseling is difficult for some clients to access. Clarification on crisis service entry points is needed (where people go who have commercial insurance vs uninsured vs Medicaid). Mental health counseling for speakers of other languages is extremely limited in Lansing.

Mayor Andy Schor


Andy Schor was elected 52nd Mayor of Lansing, Michigan on November 7, 2017, and took office on January 1, 2018.

Upon taking office Mayor Schor immediately began focusing on the priorities of his campaign: Neighborhoods; Economic Development; Infrastructure; and Lansing Schools.

Mayor's Office

Physical Address
124 W Michigan Avenue
9th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-483-4141