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DSP 09.18.20



Dear Network180 Community: 

On September 10, 2020, the Michigan Legislature passed Senate Resolution 140 designating September 13-19, 2020 as “Direct Support Professionals Week.” Network180 applauds the recognition of Direct Support Professionals and their important role in helping individuals experiencing a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual or developmental disability to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. 

Network180 supports and values the work that Direct Support Professionals provide to individuals in Kent County that helps them continue to remain in their communities, maintain connections with family and friends, live enriched lives through employment, education, and recreation and to empower personal interests and choice. Direct Support Professionals develop meaningful relationships with the people they serve and help them live with dignity and respect. If it were not for direct support, many of these individuals would require costly institutional care and be afforded less independence and fewer opportunities for self-actualization. 

Like other frontline workers during COVID-19, Direct Support Professionals continue to “suit up and show up,” going to work every day in order to help people with meal preparation, medications, daily living tasks like dressing, bathing and grooming, medical needs, attainment of treatment goals and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Network180 honors the work Direct Support Professionals do every day and are deeply grateful to every person who continues to provide high-quality care to vulnerable individuals residing in residential care settings during the pandemic. 

While we recognize and appreciate the critical role Direct Support Professionals fulfill in being able to provide a full continuum of services to individuals in Kent County, Network180 wants to also acknowledge the growing shortage of Direct Support Professionals affecting services throughout the state and nation. Providing direct support is challenging work - it is also rewarding. In Michigan, the average annual salary of a Direct Support Professional is approximately $19,500, making it difficult to retain and hire new Direct Support employees. Network180 supports initiatives that would provide a living wage, benefits and professional development opportunities to these hard-working, dedicated employees and to attract new employees into the field. 

Thank you to all of the Direct Support Professionals working throughout Kent County and West Michigan today. We are grateful for the work you do and appreciate your willingness to endure during this difficult time. 


Bill Ward

Executive Director

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Question. Persuade. Refer.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

Our friends at CMH of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham county are offering both adult and youth QPR sessions on a weekly basis, and they are free and open to anyone who’d like to attend. 


June 15, 2020 at 2pm:

June 15, 2020 at 4pm:

June 15, 2020 at 6pm:

Along with QPR we are offering another 45-minute learning opportunity called COVID-19, Social Media and Suicide Prevention. In this class we will review the simple steps that we can all take on social media that could save a life.  We will also work to untangle what the experts are saying about the potential impact of the pandemic and economic situation on mental health and suicide.  This is a chance to see what the research and experts are saying and what we might be able to do in our lives to mitigate the potential loss of life.  Please register with the link below.

COVID-19, Social Media and Suicide Prevention, June 18, 2020 at 11:00am-11:45am

QPR for Youth Caregivers:

June 15 11:00 am 

June 18 6:00 pm 

June 22 11:00 am 

June 25 6:00 pm 

June 29 at 11:00 am

To register visit for the above classes please visit:

Additional trainings:

“More Than Sad” is a training that the American Association for Suicide Prevention offers online for free.  They provide these based on the group; those who work with youth, adult based, etc.  

START Training from LivingWorks is an online training that is interactive and very good.  It takes about an hour and is currently being provided at a reduced rate.  Please share this link as it also helps our friends at Barb Smith Suicide Prevention and Response:  

Safe Messaging and Suicide Prevention: This 45 minute long class looks at media reports about the potential for increases suicide during COVID-19, social media, and some steps we can take that might help reduce suicide through our own social media posts. Anyone can participate.  Register here:

Groups that are open:

Suicide Loss Survivors:

Meeting virtually the first Tuesday of each month.  People can reach out to Emily Sullivan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barb Smith facilitates a group as well out of the Midland area.  Call Barb for more information at 989-781-5260

Suicide Attempt Survivors:

Meeting virtually the second Wednesday of each month. Attendees should reach out to Scott Teichmer for the meeting link and for more info.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The state has a calendar of events and trainings.  Please send information to Lindsay for that calendar if/when you are offering anything for the public.  Email Lindsay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MDHHS suicide prevention calendar is here:,5885,7-339-71548_54879_54882_91271_91937---,00.html

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Network180 Awarded Grant for 
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Network180 is excited to announce that we are a recipient of a SAMHSA grant for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) project. It is a $2 million grant with the possibility of being renewed a second year at an additional $2 million. This grant is a result of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act by Senator Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and grants supporting CCBHC were awarded to 18 Community Mental Health Agencies in Michigan. 

The CCBHC project will allow Network180 to expand its services to individuals of all ages in Kent County struggling with a mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, including Veterans and those whose symptoms are considered mild to moderate in severity. Beverly Ryskamp, Network180’s Chief Operating Officer, explains,

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) allows us to serve anyone in need of mental health or substance use disorder services regardless of ability pay or insurance type. Before the grant we were only able to serve individuals coming into our Access Center who have Medicaid or no health insurance.  

In addition to allowing Network180 to serve more Kent County residents, the grant provides funding for outpatient therapy as well as mobile crisis intervention for adults, which will be a first in Kent County. By expanding the range of services available to the community, Network180 will be able to help more individuals before their symptoms reach crisis level. The grant will substantially bolster the community’s efforts to prevent behavioral health crises from resulting in incarceration, emergency department visits or inpatient hospitalization.

Network180 is pleased to be partnering with several providers for this CCBHC project. Cherry Health will be providing primary care services as well as telehealth for Suboxone treatment. Arbor Circle, Hope Network, InterAct and Pine Rest will provide targeted case management, Assertive Community Treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, social support services and community recovery supports. Through this grant and these partnerships, Network180 plans to serve an additional 4000 people over the life of the project. 

Network180’s participation in this project, along with our collaboration with community partners, will contribute to the transformation of behavioral health and substance use disorder services in Kent County by creating a more accessible and inclusive system of care.

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Dear Network180 Community,

The recent tragic death of George Floyd sparked protests across the nation bringing together citizens from all walks of life and political perspectives to confront the racism that continues to pervade our society. Sadly, George Floyd’s death is not an isolated event. Twenty four percent of deaths at the hand of law enforcement are African Americans and 17% are Latinos. Network180 acknowledges the persistent trauma suffered by communities of color, particularly African American males, due to individual and systemic racism. Yet, racism is not just a law enforcement issue. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the racial inequities embedded in our healthcare systems. In the state of Michigan, African Americans accounted for 37% of all positive coronavirus cases but totaled 42% of the deaths resulting from COVID-19.

Network 180 staff, administration and Board are committed to being part of the change to identify and root out systemic discrimination and marginalization of people of color in our community. Network180 sees strength in diversity, not only in race and ethnicity, but also diversity of thought, voice and lived experiences. Diversity contributes to the health and vibrancy of our community. We believe in equality, dignity and respect, freedom of choice and self-determination not only for the people we serve, but for everyone. 

As the Kent County Community Mental Health Authority, Network180 is known for serving the most vulnerable members of our community. We remain committed to continuing our own work in analyzing and improving our system of care, so every person who asks us for help receives the services they need and deserve, no matter their race, ethnicity, age, gender, income, social status, sexual orientation or beliefs.

We have all been affected in a personal way by the events of the past week, as well as the past 3 months. We want to acknowledge this. After months of uncertainty and instability caused by COVID-19, coupled with current social and political trauma and turmoil, the number of people reaching out for behavioral health services continues to expand. We want to assure the community that we remain open 24/7, 365 days a year and will continue to help everyone who seeks it. 

Network180 stands with all who have been affected by these events and we will do our part to help our community heal. We encourage everyone to take some time to care for yourselves and to connect with and support one another. For those of us who have been hit particularly hard by this, please reach out – you’re not alone. Network180 is here to help. 


Network 180 Board of Directors


William J.  Ward

Executive Director

Dear Network180 Community Members:

With news that COVID 19 has begun to surface in Michigan, we wanted to let the community know that Network180 continues normal operations and delivery of services, while implementing internal measures to keep the people we serve and our employees safe.

Our Access Center continues to be open 24/7. We want to remind the community that it is best to call the Access Center at (616) 336-3909 before arriving to avoid a long wait. All routine screenings are done by appointment and scheduled during business hours. Those individuals in immediate crisis, risk of suicide or experiencing acute substance use should come directly to the Access Center.

We ask the public to help slow the spread of COVID 19 in Kent County by following the current recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the Kent County Health Department:

If you or a family member is experiencing a fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, or cough or have trouble breathing contact your health care provider.

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