HCBS Changes Effective October 1, 2019
Changes to the Home and Community Based Services provided by our BCCMHA office and Positive Directions facility will be changing as of October 1, 2019. To learn more, please download our notice here.
National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 10, 2019
BCCMHA continues to promote awareness of National Depression Screening Day. If you are having a difficult time and are not currently receiving mental health services, please call 269-948-8041 or stop in at our office. We would like to assist you in connecting with appropriate services.
Welcome to BCCMHA
At Barry County Community Mental Health Authority (BCCMHA), we provide mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Barry County, in an accessible and affordable manner. Our goal is to provide treatment, recovery, and hope for individuals in the most effective, least restrictive level of care, and to create the best possible environment for independence and wellness for people living with mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and / or substance use disorders.
Important Changes to Some Agency Services
BCCMHA will be switching to a new Electronic Medical Record system August 1st. As part of this change, we will now be offering appointment reminders by text and phone. If you have provided us your phone number, you will receive a text during the first week of August asking you how you want to receive appointment reminders. If you have concerns about this, or would like to opt out, please let your clinician/casemanager know. Please be patient with us as we make this change. Thank you!
Art Contest Winner Announced!
Barry County Community Mental Health Authority and Substance Abuse Services is excited to announce the winners of the 1st Annual BCCMHA Art Contest, which ended August 30th. First Place and winning a $50 Walmart gift card is Brittney Swoboda with her entry titled “This is Me,” which portrays multiple pieces as experiences and emphasizes that individual experiences do not defines one’s life but rather are a piece of the whole person. Second Place and winning a $25 dollar gift card is Sebastian Wilcox with his entry titled “Abstract Addict,” which encourages the viewer to open their mind and see more, in this case, three faces entwined. Winner of Honorable mention is Sarah Ayers with her entry titled “The Vulnerable Giraffe,” which depicts the need to take risks and be vulnerable, much like the giraffe that is vulnerable while getting a drink. BCCMHA invited recipients, community members and staff to display their creativity and passion for mental health and substance use disorder awareness and recovery through art. Twenty-one artists submitted forty-two entries in a variety of mediums including photography, paintings, pastel, pencil, charcoal, and mixed media. Art contest requirements included all entries contain family friendly content and portray a positive and encouraging message to motivate and inspire individuals and their families on their pathway to recovery. All entries were required to be original pieces and were reviewed for copyright infringement. An eleven person committee comprised of BCCMHA staff, CMH Board members and recipients voted on first place, second place and honorable mention. Winner’s artwork will be framed and displayed at BCCMHA. All other entries will be returned with an option to donate to BCCMHA. BCCMHA’s Anti-Stigma Committee hosted this event and due to the positive response, are planning to hold this event again next year. BCCMHA would also like to sincerely thank the local artists who participated.
Accessible and Affordable Mental Health Care
As a provider of comprehensive mental health services, our continuum of care extends to all ages, with a multitude of services including outpatient, home-based, school, and community-based programs. We follow a recovery model which emphasizes and supports each individual's potential for mental wellness, empowerment, and social inclusion. Services are provided in a person-centered, family-driven and youth-guided manner. Individuals, families and youth have an empowered, decision-making role in how their care is delivered.
We are accredited by Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and we are proud to be a member of Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health.