No. CMHPS publicizes the position of candidates on the use of funds generated by the Mental Health and Public
Safety Millage and urges voters to consider this information as they decide whom to vote for. We recognize most voters consider more than one issue as they make their decisions.
Members of CMHPS acting as individuals and not as representatives of CMHPS may endorse candidates.
Does CMHPS endorse candidates?
The Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) provides expert advice to the City Council. Housing and human services are both important to those living with mental health issues. The experts on HHSAB could supplement their knowledge with information from excellent reports on needs assessment focused on mental health services.
How would the City Council know where to spend the mental health funds wisely?
We recommend the City Council utilize the services of the Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB). The Council would tentatively allocate funds from the millage for mental health services, then ask HHSAB for its recommendations on specific allocations to service providers, and finally would make decisions on allocations after receiving the recommendations.
Alternatively, the City Council could use the existing Washtenaw Coordinated Funding (WCF) program to channel the funds to the best uses in an efficient manner.
See Funding Process for a fuller explanation of these options.
How would the City Council channel the millage funds to mental health services since it lacks organizational and professional capacity in this area?
Some Council members interpret support for the Intent Resolution of July 2017 and thus support for climate
change actions (read about the evolution of the controversy for context) as a promise. They imply that no amount of logical evidence and of public sentiment would affect their position because it is determined by personal ethics.
Members of CMHPS want a discussion of how the Millage funds should be used that reflects the desires of citizens and includes evidence on the benefits to Ann Arbor residents.
How does the discussion of promises fit in?
No. We strongly support using the revenues from the Mental Health and Public Safety Millage solely for
mental health and public safety. Polling shows this is what voters expected and what voters desire.
CMHPS takes no position on funding for climate change actions from the City's general fund.