Who We Are

Citizens for Mental Health and Public Safety (CMHPS) is a group of concerned citizens advocating that the money allocated to the City of Ann Arbor from the November 2017 Mental Health and Public Safety Millage be used for public safety and mental health services for the residents of Ann Arbor.

At Issue

The Ann Arbor City Council’s allocation of 40 percent of its portion of millage funds to climate change action is inconsistent with the title of the ballot proposal and the content of the literature distributed by the citizens group advocating passage.  Most people who voted yes on the millage thought the revenue would be devoted to mental health and public safety services.  The Council has continued the allocation to climate change actions through fiscal year 2020.  A veto by Mayor Taylor in 2019 was a critical factor in sustaining the allocation.

Needed Actions

City of Ann Arbor:  Express your support for substantial funding for improved mental health services from the City of Ann Arbor's allocation from the County Mental Health and Public Safety Millage through one or more of the following actions. Our Position on City Policy provides detailed information you may wish to include. Please act before the City Administrator presents his recommended budget on April 20.

  • Contact Mayor Taylor and the other Council Members, especially the two members from your ward. Including a personal reason for your support will have a greater impact.  You can find their contact information and a ward map here.

  • Sign up for public commentary (3 minute limit) at a City Council General Meeting in the Council Chambers (2nd Floor) of City Hall, 301 E. Huron St..  Sign up promptly at 8 am on the day of the meeting (typically Monday) by calling the Office of the City Clerk at 734-794-6140. The first ten people to call will be the only ones permitted to speak at the outset of the meeting; many people will be trying for these ten spots.  You can find the schedule of Council meetings here.

  • Tell your friends and acquaintances that now is a critical time to express support for additional funding for improving mental health services and ask them to visit this website.

State of Michigan:  Contact Governor Whitmer and your state senator and state representative as soon as possible to urge them to increase spending in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for mental health services to a more adequate level.  Click here if you would like background information prior to making the contact.  To contact the governor click on Governor Whitmer and then click on “Share Your Opinion”.

Click here to find out who represents you in the State Senate and House of Representatives and to then send a message or call.

The Latest
City of Ann Arbor Officials Are In the Midst of Constructing the FY 2020/2021 Budget

Now is an excellent time to influence the nature of the City's FY 2021 Budget.  City officials are actively discussing the Budget, e.g., Council Members had a retreat on the Budget on December 9, 2019.  Elements of the budget are very much in flux because the City Administrator will not present his recommended budget until April 20, 2020.  The Council will adopt the FY 2021 on May 18, 2020.  We are in a critical time.  Please see “Needed Actions” on this home page for more information.