October 13, 2012
By MARK COWAN JR.
Special to The Oakland Press
Programs and organizations relating to local mental health and homelessness issues have not yet been affected by the partial government shutdown, but they're definitely preparing for the possibility.
"If it persists, then it'sgoing to affect not only our organization but every other piece of society, andthat will be a mess,” said Jeff Brown, executive director for Oakland CountyCommunity Mental Health Authority.
The authority is a public mental health system responsible for managing support services to Oakland County residents, including individuals with developmental disorders, serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance and substance use disorders. It is the second largest public community mental health care manager of mental health programs in Michigan. ...
Marc Craig, president of Community Housing Network, a supportive housing provider based in Troy with offices in Macomb and Wayne Counties, also weighed in on the situation.
"For the month of October, most of the programs we run are under contract and should be funded,” Craig said. "It will slow down the progress of a couple of developments we have underway.”
Craig said that should the debt limit debacle not be resolved quickly, it could spell problems for the housing provider.
Read the full story in this Oakland Press article.