Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) will protect, preserve, and promote the health and safety of the people of Michigan with particular attention to providing for the needs of vulnerable and under-served populations.­ MDHHS is one of the largest of the executive branch departments. MDHHS is responsible for health policy and management of the state’s health, mental health, and substance use care systems.

Mid-State Health Network

Mid-State Health Network (MSHN) is the Medicaid Managed Care Organization for a portion of Michigan’s behavioral health services. MSHN and its provider network are responsible for maintaining an adequate service delivery system for persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbances, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Disorders.

MSHN is organized to serve twenty-one (21) counties through contracts with twelve (12) Community Mental Health (CMH) Programs including: Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health, Clinton-Eaton-Ingham CMH Authority, CMH for Central Michigan, Gratiot County CMH Authority, Huron County CMH Authority, Ionia County CMH Authority, LifeWays CMH Authority, Montcalm County CMH Authority, Newaygo County CMH Authority, Saginaw County CMH Authority, Shiawassee County CMH Authority & Tuscola County CMH Authority.

Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is the state association representing the state’s public Community Mental Health (CMH) centers, the public Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP) public health plans formed and governed by the CMH centers) and the providers within the CMH and PIHP provider networks.

CMHA Mission:  The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan supports its membership by informing, educating, and advocating for mental health, emotional disturbance, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance use disorder services by strengthening collaboration with persons served, community, partners, and government.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration­

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Council for Behavioral Health­

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Together with their 2,000 + member organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors­

The­­ National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)­­ is the only national voice for county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities in Washington, DC. Through education, policy analysis, and advocacy, NACBHDD brings the unique perspective of our members to Congress and the Executive Branch and promotes national policies that recognize and support the critical role counties play in caring for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

NACBHDD is also an active partner in efforts to improve access to, funding for, and quality of behavioral health services, especially those that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. Key issues include: protecting Medicaid coverage, ending the stigma of mental illness, better treatment for veterans, achieving parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care, affordable housing and vocational training for those with mental illness or developmental disabilities, and many more.

Health Care Compliance Association

The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) serves compliance professionals throughout the healthcare field. Our members include compliance officers and staff from a wide range of organizations, including hospitals, research facilities, clinics and technology service providers. HCCA is a member-based, non-profit organization.

Michigan Health Information Alliance, Inc.­

The Michigan Health Information Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) ­is a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region it serves. ­This initiative is based on a core belief that solutions to our health and health care problems can be found and designed at a regional level, accelerating regional competitive advantage and sustainability.­­

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc.­

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc.,or MiHIA (ma-high-ah), is a diverse group of stakeholders collaborating together as a non-profit organization to improve health and health delivery in central Michigan. This formal community collaboration is designated to build a health care system where consumers, providers and payers make decisions based on the value and quality of care.

Our unique and collaborative approach allows stakeholders to achieve far more together to improve health than any of us can do alone!

Saginaw County Consortium of Homeless Assistance Providers (SC-CHAP)

The Saginaw County Consortium of Homeless Assistance Providers (SC-CHAP) is made up of public, private, and nonprofit agencies and representatives of homeless special populations (i.e. teens, persons with mental illness, victims of domestic violence, etc.).­ Community partners, (comprised of representatives from state and local government, public housing, law enforcement, Michigan Works, faith based organizations, hospitals, landlord association, housing development, education, social services and non-profits), along with member agencies all have a common goal; preventing homelessness or rapidly re-housing families or individuals who find themselves homeless as quickly as possible.­ We are focused on providing assistance to low income and homeless or near homeless residents across Saginaw County.­ Targeted populations include youth, pregnant teens, families, single men and single women.­ With our partners, we are able to provide “wrap around” services by connecting our at risk populations with mainstream resources including permanent or transitional housing, work and life skills training, healthcare services, veterans benefits, mental health services, social security benefits and food stamps.

First Choice­

First Choice of Saginaw is a legal charitable, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Persons who receive gift cards from First Choice of Saginaw are identified by their need by the Saginaw County CMH Authority. First Choice of Saginaw was initiated by SCCMHA in 2005 to meet this need. The two organizations have a cooperative agreement based on their mutual missions.

County of Saginaw

The County of Saginaw features a rich and diverse culture. We are the home to popular tourist destinations like­ Frankenmuth, Birch Run and Chesaning and many others; great sporting attractions like the Saginaw Spirit Hockey at The Dow Event Center; cultural attractions including Art, Historical and Educational facilities, parks, ­rivers, lakes and wilderness, rail trail,­ strong economic sectors in manufacturing, health-care, professional services and high-tech industries; and many other diverse attractions and features.

Alignment Saginaw

In 1996 the Saginaw County Human Services Collaborative Body (SCHSCB) was established to act as the planning and decision making body to coordinate human services in Saginaw County.­ The mission of the SCHSCB was to work toward a collaborative service delivery system, which fostered strong, safe families and communities and was cost effective. In 2009 the collaboration in Saginaw County evolved to include additional critical community dimensions and the related community leadership in a wider view of the community and its needs.­­ An “enhanced community collaborative” is a national trend that is being recognized across the country.­ To enhance the dynamics of a community collaborative requires data collection and management that establishes benchmarks and measurable indicators of change to help guide progress and planning for our community.­ A small group of community leaders had already identified the need to expand the focus of the SCHSCB, and referred to themselves as Alignment Saginaw.­ After much deliberation, it was decided that it would be necessary to merge SCHSCB with Alignment Saginaw.­ The purpose of Alignment Saginaw is to serve as the community collaborative for Saginaw County to improve the capacity for work by Alignment Saginaw members.­ To this end the mission of Alignment Saginaw is to prepare and mobilize around opportunities that impact key areas affecting Saginaw County’s quality of life.­ It was also decided and approved by the Alignment Saginaw body that the Saginaw Community Foundation would be the fiduciary to manage the operations of the group and to identify and oversee the leadership behind the program.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a nationwide organization with affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Michigan

NAMI Michigan is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.­ NAMI Michigan and its affiliates are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for persons, families and others, who are affected by mental illness, including children with serious emotional disorders, through support, education, advocacy and research.

CAN Council

The CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of Great Lakes Bay Region addresses child abuse and neglect through prevention, intervention and advocacy. The CAN Council offers the following programs: Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE), Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), CASA of Saginaw County, Community Outreach, and Public Awareness.

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Since 1863, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce has been a leading advocate and champion for business. We are a not-for-profit, growing coalition of hundreds of businesses from the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.­ A catalyst for change, the Chamber builds strong partnerships by focusing its members and resources on local, regional and statewide priorities that make our community a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Autism Alliance of Michigan

In the spring of 2010, David Meador and Stephen D’Arcy joined forces to create the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM). Many businesses and autism service organizations rallied around their visionary efforts to create an entity that would represent the needs of thousands of families living with autism, AAoM took shape into what would soon become a growing force throughout the state of Michigan.

One of the underpinnings of the work of AAoM is to shift the understanding and awareness of autism and strongly advocate for high expectations. Just like all children, kids on the spectrum will benefit from parents, teachers, therapists and everyone they encounter in society exhibiting high expectations. With high expectations, early access to evidenced based therapies and appropriate education, the majority of children with autism will lead independent lives, be employed and have families.

Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by­strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. ­HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care. ­HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.

HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse.

Saginaw Community Foundation

Founded in 1984, the Saginaw Community Foundation­ is mission-driven ­to improve the quality of life in Saginaw County by linking­ donor interests­ with the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. The foundation serves three important constituencies: 1) Our donors who want to make a difference, 2)­ the nonprofit organizations in our region that provide essential services and programs, 3) the individual communities within Saginaw County.

United Way of Saginaw County

United Way of Saginaw County's vision is to create a safe nurturing community where all families can thrive. Driven by the vision, United Way focuses on creating change in the community through the areas of health, education and financial stability. By promoting giving, advocating and volunteering - the nonprofit is able to create impact by connecting community resources and volunteers. For more information or to find out how you can help United Way of Saginaw County, please call (989) 755-0505.

United Way is a volunteer-directed nonprofit organization operated by trained staff that promotes volunteerism, raises funds to address important health and human service issues, and ensures the money donated is used in the most efficient and effective manner possible. United Way volunteers research the needs of our community, informs the community of those needs, and makes sure United Way dollars are distributed to programs that best address those issues.

American Society of Employers

The American Society of Employers ­(ASE)­ is an employer association serving Michigan’s business community. Member organizations rely on ASE to be their trusted source for information and support on all matters affecting the employment relationship.­

ASE is focused on the critical and ever-changing workforce environment so that member organizations can cost-effectively get the relevant information, programs and counsel they need to be employers of choice and help meet their business objectives.

BWell Saginaw

BWell is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness in the Saginaw community. Founded in 2015, BWell provides a wide range of services and resources to help individuals and families in the area access mental health support and overcome the stigma often associated with mental illness.

Through its partnership with SCCMHA, BWell offers a variety of programs and services help individuals and families in the community. These include support groups, mental health education and training, and wellness activities such as yoga and mindfulness. BWell also provides resources and referrals for individuals seeking mental health services and works to connect individuals with SCCMHA and other local providers.

Overall BWell's affiliation with SCCMHA has helped promote mental health and wellness in the Saginaw community by working together to provide comprehensive mental health services and support. BWell and SCCMHA are helping break down the barriers to care and ensure that individuals and families have the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council

Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council includes community agencies including law makers, education, medical, legal, faith-based and law enforcement. This group meets to review the state of the community as well as current events that impact our citizens. SCCPC meets monthly to review crime statistics and works together to minimize negative impact, share information, problem solving, and address challenges. This group works closely with SVSU to collect data, monitor trends, and focus on solutions.

Saginaw Hoarding Task Force

The Saginaw County Hoarding Task Force is a partnership of local public and private agencies whose purpose is to collaboratively seek to raise public awareness of hoarding and to preserve safe and appropriate housing by development and utilization of tools, best practices and early intervention strategies, by: 1) working with individuals to help achieve goals, mitigate the level of consequences of hoarding, and re-establishing home environmental quality and safety; 2) focusing on harm reduction principles; 3) recognizing that even if harmful behavior cannot be completely changed, modest behavioral change is beneficial, and meaningful and significant improvements can be made in quality of life; and 4) reducing the severity, impact and/or and harm for any individual citizen, families, neighborhoods, and the community, as well as the lead responding organizations

Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust

ALPACT is a local group that is part of a national organization. ALPACT strives to be inclusive of citizens, community leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement agencies with a focus on building and promoting positive relationships and trust between the community and law enforcement. ALPACT members work together to address challenges in the community using transparency, data, policies, and community relationships to bring about safety and sustainable change for the betterment of the community and its residents.

Great Start Collaborative

The Great Start Collaboratives (GSC) are the early childhood systems building bodies in the state of Michigan.  The GSCs are locally driven based on the needs and data of their community, set forth in their Strategic Plans and through family voice and engagement.  20% of the GSC membership must consist of parents of young children, particularly those who are engaged in the mixed delivery system.  At the table are organizations that serve children and families prenatal to age 8 including: businesses, philanthropy, faith-based community, Health and Human Services, Community Mental health, private healthcare including mental health, juvenile and/family court, elementary education staff, preschool including Head Start and GSRP, childcare providers, elected officials, community specific non-profits, etc.

The Purposes of the GSCs are:

  • Work to understand the communities’ strengths and challenges within their local early childhood system, and create a strategic plan.
  • Work together with the PC’s to build and reform the local early childhood system to achieve better outcomes for young children and their families.
  • Build the local system that can address the implementation of recommendations provided in the report, “Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future”.
  • Work in local communities to ensure that the entire state is making significant progress toward the four early childhood outcomes.
  • Consists of community leaders and includes parents of young children.

Great Start Collaborative of Saginaw County

  Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is a unique mix of dedicated individuals working together to improve early childhood systems and services in Saginaw County. We understand that the early childhood years are crucial years in a child’s development. We know how important it is for each child to be safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. We also know that sometimes it takes the support of the entire community to make that happen.