Mental health hearing scheduled for Monday

MARQUETTE – A state commission on mental health will be taking public testimony in Marquette Monday during the first of four hearings around the state.

The Mental Health and Wellness Commission – made up of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman, as well as two state representatives and two state senators – will host the public hearing. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Presque Isle Pavilion.

Gov. Rick Snyder created the Mental Health and Wellness Commission in Ferbruary, via executive order, and tasked the group with strengthening the state’s mental health system.

“This is a great opportunity to provide input on how the state of Michigan can do a better job at mental health and wellness,” said Dave Nyberg, the director of Snyder’s Northern Michigan Office.

Individuals testifying will have five minutes to speak during a public comment session. The commission requests speakers bring 10 written copies of the testimony, complete with the speaker’s name and contact information.

Those unable to attend Monday’s hearing may submit written testimony by emailing brian.calley Comments can also be mailed to Calley’s office at P.O. Box 30013. Lansing, MI 48909.

Three additional hearings will take place in August and September in Detroit, Grand Rapids and the thumb region of the state.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is