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Governing Board

The West Michigan Community Mental Health Governing Board is comprised of 12 diverse stakeholders who are appointed by the County Commissions of our Lake, Mason, and Oceana County service area. Board members include providers of mental health services, professionals who work closely with mental health service providers, recipients of mental health services, and the general public.

As a critical requirement set forth by the State of Michigan, all Community Mental Health Boards must be generally representative of the people, families, and communities served. West Michigan CMH is proud to continuously meet or exceed the Mental Health Code requirements for these standards.

West Michigan CMH became a three-county Community Mental Health agency serving citizens of Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties in 1996 and established authority status in 1997. Prior to that time, three separate county-based Community Mental Health organizations were responsible to the State for the delivery of Mental Health Services.

Governing Board

Larry VanSickle, Chair
Oceana County Representative
Ron Bacon, Vice-Chair
Mason County Representative
Pat Bettin, Secretary
Mason County Representative
Mary Alway
Mason County Representative
Linda Baierl
Lake County Representative
Jennifer Branning
Mason County Representative
Todd Dancz
Mason County Representative
James Prince
Oceana County Representative
Kay Seng
Oceana County Representative
Lucinda Shafer
Oceana County Representative
Robert Walker
Oceana County Representative
Clyde Welford
Lake County Representative

Board Schedule

West Michigan Community Mental Health will hold its regular Board of Directors meeting on the third Tuesday (unless noted otherwise) of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. From time to time special Board of Directors meetings will be held with advanced notice being given. The public is invited to attend.


Board Meeting Schedule 2024-2025


The West Michigan Community Mental Health Governing Board will meet Tuesday FMay 21st at 5:30 pm at the Harold E. Madden Center – Ludington Boardroom, location at 920 Diana St., Ludington, MI 49431.

The meeting is open to the public. If you need assistance accessing the meeting, or would like to participate via Zoom, please contact Kelly Hein at (231) 843-5401.

Necessary and reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered for the meeting, for individuals with disabilities will be made available upon 24-hour notice. Individuals requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Kelly Hein at 231-843-5401.

WMCMH Governing Board COVID-19 Protocols
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Board Minutes

Board Minutes May 21, 2024
Board Minutes March 19, 2024
Board Minutes February 20, 2024
Board Minutes January 16, 2024
Board Minutes December 19, 2023
Board Minutes November 21, 2023
Board Minutes October 17, 2023
Board Minutes September 19, 2023
Board Minutes August 15, 2023
Board Minutes July 18, 2023
Board Minutes June 20, 2023
Board Minutes May 16, 2023
Board Minutes April 18, 2023
Board Minutes March 21, 2023
Board Minutes February 21, 2023
Board Minutes January 17, 2023
Board Minutes December 20, 2022
Board Minutes November 15, 2022
Board Minutes October 18, 2022
Board Minutes September 9, 2022
Board Minutes August 16, 2022
Board Minutes July 19, 2022
Board Minutes June 21, 2022
Board Minutes May 17, 2022
Board Minutes April 19, 2022
Board Minutes March 15, 2022
Board Minutes February 15, 2022
Board Minutes January 18, 2022
Board Minutes December 21, 2021
Board Minutes November 16, 2021
Board Minutes October 19, 2021
Board Minutes September 21, 2021
Board Minutes August 17, 2021
Board Minutes July 20, 2021
Board Minutes June 15, 2021
Board Minutes May 18, 2021
Board Minutes April 20, 2021
Board Minutes March 16, 2021
Board Minutes February 16, 2021
Board Minutes January 19, 2021
Board Minutes December 15, 2020
Board Minutes November 17, 2020
Board Minutes October 20, 2020
Board Minutes September 15, 2020
Board Minutes August 18, 2020
Board Minutes July 21, 2020
June 16, 2020 Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2020 Meeting Minutes
April 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes (Note: there was no March Board meeting)
February 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes
November 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
September 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes
August 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes
July 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2018 Meeting Minutes
November 20, 2018 Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes
September 18, 2018 Meeting Minutes
August 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes
July 17, 2018 Meeting Minutes
June 19, 2018 Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
March 20, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
Janurary 16, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes