Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) provides a wide-range of services to approximately 9,000 individuals annually. KCMHSAS has been able to increase service flexibility and choices for those that we serve. Please browse these photos and meet some individuals that KCMHSAS serves. Our organization and our partnering provider agencies are proud to have assisted these individuals in achieving their outcomes, realizing their dreams and desires, and improving their overall quality of life.
Since 2007, John has been directly hiring his own staff through a self-determination agreement with KCMHSAS. John's staff have assisted him becoming an active member of the Kalamazoo community and have helped him in his pursuit of a college degree at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC). As John has increased his independence, he no longer requires his staff to attend classes with him. John is pursuing a degree in Communications and he is completing his general education requirements, such as Biology 101. As a Local Leader with Michigan Partners for Freedom, John speaks to groups in Kalamazoo County about the freedom of living a self-determined life and how the philosophy of self-determination has helped him move towards his goal of living independently in his community. John plans on moving into his first apartment soon and credits the flexibility inherent in self-determination arrangements with getting him to where he is now: an active member of his community living the life he chooses.
John is now employed as the first Peer Mentor for Adults with Developmental Disabilities at KCMHSAS.
Tim’s story is a wonderful example of how a combination of family and professional supports can help an individual overcome a very difficult period and even change one’s life for the better. Following injuries sustained in an attack, Tim was referred to KCMHSAS for services. By working with a KCMHSAS Supports Coordinator, Tim was able to access services and supports to help him become more involved in his community. Shortly after moving into an apartment, Tim met his wife and he is excited to say that they are approaching their first wedding anniversary. Tim also worked with an employment training specialist to launch his own soda vending machine business which has grown to 3 machines at different community businesses. At the encouragement of his wife and her family, Tim has become very active in his church which was something he had long held an interest. “Everybody knows my name. They accept me for who I am,” said Tim. Tim has maintained a positive attitude about how his life has changed over the last 3 years. “My life is going perfect, how I want it,” said Tim. “Everything turned out good.”
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Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Nazareth, MI 49074