Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority Rewarded a $1.8 Million Grant

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority is getting some much needed financial help through a $1.8 million federal grant.

The money will help expand care, specifically opening their crisis residential unit in Traverse City.  They say they don’t yet have enough employees to open it. However, Joanie Blamer, the CEO of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority, says when they can open, it will be a beacon for those struggling with mental health.

“We believe that this is going to breathe of fresh air for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis to be able to get local care and not have to drive two hours away to get that,” said Blamer.

The crisis residential until will also allow law enforcement to take someone dealing with a mental health issue to the center instead of jail.