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Barry Community Mental Health director to retire

Barry County Community Mental Health Director to Retire

The Barry County Community Mental Health Authority Board (BCCMHA) has announced that after 32 years of service, the last 15 as Executive Director, Jan McLean will be retiring on February 3, 2017.  Jan began with the organization in 1984 as Office Manager and became the Executive Director in 2001 and made many notable contributions during her tenure.

 

Linda Maupin, Board Chair commented “Jan’s contributions have provided great benefits for our community and we thank her for her dedication, tenacity and leadership.” Some of Jan’s greatest accomplishments include obtaining approval of the County Board of Commissioners and establishing BCCMHA as a mental health authority, providing autonomy to the agency and less financial risk to the County;  totally integrating Barry County Substance Abuse Treatment  and Prevention Services with the Mental Health organization to offer one location for any behavioral health need; successfully moving from a single county provider to a partner in a regional network; adding Peer Support, Community Living, and Autism Services to the available mental health options.   Most recently Jan led her team’s effort to build the new clinic on Barfield Drive which will be open for business in early February. 

 

The agency has expanded from having 38 staff members in 2001 to 85 in 2016, and expenditures of $4.1 million in 2001 to approximately $10 million in 2016.  Jan plans to continue her current volunteer work with her therapy dogs and spend more time with family.

 

After an extensive search the board of BCCMHA is pleased to announce that Richard Thiemkey will assume the Executive Director role and will begin his transition with Jan McLean on December 1, 2016.  His most recent experience is as Director of Clinical Services at Allegan County Community Mental Health Services.  He has prior experience at Lakeshore Coordinating Council, Hope Network and Saginaw County Community Mental Health.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University. 

 

 “We feel fortunate that Rich brings a wealth of experience in the areas of Substance Abuse Prevention, Autism programming and development of community partnerships,” commented Maupin. “He is excited to step into the leadership of our community’s very robust mental health organization.”

 

Barry County Community Mental Health Authority provides accessible and affordable mental health and substance abuse services focused on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to county residents who can benefit. Barry County Community Mental Health Authority is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

 

 

 
Barry Community Mental Health Authority celebrates ground breaking for new facility

 

Hastings, Michigan, (5/18/2016) – Barry County Community Mental Health Authority (BCCMHA) held a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, May 20th as it kicked off construction for its new behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment facility.   BCCHMA provides mental health and substance use disorder services to Barry County residents in an accessible and affordable manner to those that meet service admission criteria.  Services offered include outpatient therapy, psychiatric, case management; community living supports, home based, senior services, peer support services, crisis intervention, autism services, and substance abuse treatment and prevention.   BCCMHA strives to ensure a “no wrong door” policy for those that wish access to treatment.   In addition, crisis staff are available if needed twenty-four hours per day.  

 

The facility, which is being built to provide more space and better accessibility for growing service demand, is being built by Frederick Construction from Vicksburg, Michigan based on a design provided by Schley Architects from Kalamazoo, Michigan.   Frederick Construction submitted the lowest, qualified bid at $3,061,000.   Construction of the facility is intended to be completed by February 1, 2017.  Funding for the project is being provided through USDA Rural Development.   

 

Jan McLean, Executive Director, stated, “This is an exciting time for our agency.  We continue to be extremely thankful for the funding and support that the USDA has provided.   We look forward to the benefits that this new clinic will provide.   I also want to thank staff and our community for the wonderful support of this project.  We look forward to seeing all of you at our open house in 2017.” 

 

Questions about the project should be directed to Jan McLean at 269-948-8041or jmclean@bccmha.org

 

 
Barry Community Mental Health Authority Announces Plans to Build New Facility

 

Hastings, Michigan, (December 8, 2015) – Barry County Community Mental Health Authority (BCCMHA) announced plans to build a new behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment facility.   BCCHMA provides mental health and substance use disorder services to Barry County residents in an accessible and affordable manner to those that meet service admission criteria.  Services offered include outpatient therapy, psychiatric, case management; community living supports, home based, senior services, peer support services, crisis intervention, autism services, and substance abuse treatment and prevention.   BCCMHA strives to ensure a “no wrong door” policy for those that wish access to treatment.   In addition, crisis staff are available if needed twenty-four hours per day.  

 

The facility, which is being built on property adjacent to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will be approximately 24,000 square feet.  The new building will allow BCCMHA the appropriate amount of space to continue to meet the growing service demand.  According to Jan McLean, Executive Director, “Our goal is to provide treatment, recovery, and hope for individuals in the most effective, least restrictive level of care.  We want to create the best possible environment for independence and wellness for people living with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and /or substance use disorders.   Service need and demand have grown a great deal - 44% in the last eight years.  Staff have been creative in problem solving to maximize space, but we no longer have room to grow.  Community health and stability remain our objective, and this new facility will greatly enhance our ability to ensure this for Barry County.”

 

The agency service offerings will remain unchanged, and the focus will continue to be community agency partnerships and service outreach.  Currently, the agency provides outreach services in partnership with Cherry Health, Barry County Jail, Barry County Court System, Commission on Aging, area nursing homes, Barry County area schools, and Spectrum Pennock Hospital. 

 

The agency currently occupies two locations in Hastings and both are rented.  The new building will allow both locations, along with Substance Use Disorder Prevention staff, to join together.  This will streamline service delivery and alleviate current logistical issues.  The agency was very deliberate in its attempt to remain in the city limits.  The result is that jobs stay in Hastings and services are easily accessible to those that need them.  In addition, staff and clients of the agency contribute economically to area business. 

 

The project is financed through the USDA Rural Development Authority and will not require any taxation of county residents.  Questions about the project should be directed to Jan McLean at 269-948-8041or jmclean@bccmha.org.