OCHN Advocacy Resources


Advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal: the act or process of advocating for something or someone. In practical terms, advocacy is a form of problem solving. It is finding the best way to improve a situation: 


1. Protect the rights of people to receive fair, equal, and human treatment.

2. Improve services, eligibility, and enhance service quality.

3. Ensure adequate funding is made available for valuable services that improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.


The resources provided below were developed with the goal of helping people educate their legislators and fellow community members about the positive impact Michigan's public mental health system has on all of its residents. Questions or suggestions about these materials can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The impact of current, integrated physical and public mental health supports for people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and substance use disorders reaches far beyond those directly receiving services - strengthening Michigan’s communities and inspiring hope.

View the resources below and protect the public mental health system.

About Public Mental Health Services

Services Lost with Privatization

Private vs. Public Insurance

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Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Advocacy Information


Proposal Information

Representative Whiteford's Behavioral Health Presentation