The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns  (by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors

find a number of local county and state offices with phone numbers, addresses and directions nationwide

DHS Online  Application (Medicaid, food assistance)

Food Stamp Hotline 1-800-481-4989

Social Security Online applications (Disability benefits, Medicare)

Veteran's Administration

Returning Veteran supports

Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities

Help for Vets Needing MH Care. The Department of Veterans Affairs now offers a free telephone call center, "Coaching into Care" that provides help to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible PTST or other readjustment/mental health issues. The telephone call center is available, toll-free, (888-823-7458 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon- Fri) and online at

According to the National institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 1 in 30 adults in the U.S. suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a given year—and that risk is much higher in veterans of war. 
To learn more about PTSD, click on the links below.


Guide to Preventing Cyberbullying-

Guide to Suicide Prevention-

Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Substance Abuse-


County Resources

Cass County council on Aging  (Respite, caregiver support group)\

Cass County Health Department

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (Housing assistance, tax assistance, weatherization)

Domestic Violence

Hospice Care of SWMI

United Way of Southwest Michigan

Disability Network of Southwest Michigan

Michigan Works

Cass County Information

Vulnerable Adult Network

Helpful Information


Mental Health Information

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Alliance for Mentally III

Schizophrenia Anonymous

Suicide Prevention Centers

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


National Healthcare Reform

Kaiser Foundation

National Council on Behavioral Health and Disabilities

National Council For Community Behavioral Healthcare

Child/Family Resources

Early On programs


Children's Advocacy Services

Child and Family Services of SW Michigan

Tri-County Head Start

Other Helpful links

Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Association for Community Health Boards

Substance Abuse and mental health Services Administration



Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) is one of Michigan’s ten Medicaid Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans, responsible for benefits management in eight counties – Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) partners are: Barry County CMH, Pines Behavioral Health, Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network, Riverwood Center, Van Buren County CMH, Kalamazoo CMH, St. Joseph County CMH and Summit Pointe. Additionally SWMBH is the Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinating Agency for the 8 county region and a Duals Demonstration region - MI Health Link (MHL). For more information:


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  • Treatment is Effective
  • People Recover