Northern Lakes Community Mental Health

(800) 337-8598

105 Hall St.
Traverse City, MI 49684

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health

The mission of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health is to promote the behavioral health of our individuals, families, and communities through programs that promote recovery, build resilience, create opportunity, and improve quality of life.

We serve adults with mental illness, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children with serious emotional disturbance in six counties: Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford.

We also coordinate the Home and Community Based Services for the Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program (also known as the MI Choice Waiver Program), in ten counties. Through this program, eligible adults who meet income and asset criteria may receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting. Our MI Choice Waiver Program is called Northern Health Care Management.

We serve as a Health Home (Section 2703) pilot site for the State of Michigan for people who have a serious mental illness and a co-occurring chronic health condition and meet certain criteria. The Health Home is an extra safety net, another layer of care, which gives people extra help and attention to feel better and avoid needing hospital care. Enrollees have access to a Registered Nurse, a Health Home Information Line, and special events, talks, groups, and classes, all about becoming healthier. We also host a primary care clinic in our Traverse City location operated by Traverse Health Clinic.

In addition, we partner with the University of Michigan (UM) in the Michigan Child Collaborative Care (MC3) Project to improve access to child psychiatric care. Through the MC3, pediatricians, family practice doctors, and nurse practitioners may receive “Just In Time” (within two hours) phone and email consults with a UM child psychiatrist, including specialty areas such as autism, thought disturbance, maternal-infant, and others.

We have two Clubhouse International-accredited psychosocial rehabilitation clubhouses – Traverse House and Club Cadillac. We also support two Drop-In Centers which offer a safe, supportive environment within the community for individuals who have experienced mental/emotional problems – Kandu Island in Traverse City and New Beginnings in Prudenville.

Northern Lakes CMH programs accredited by CARF include: Assertive Community Treatment, Mental Health Assessment and Referral, Case Management/Services Coordination, Crisis Intervention, Intensive Family-Based Mental Health Services, Outpatient Mental Health Treatment, Prevention/Diversion, and Child and Youth Community Services.