This is what the new health center for children and adolescents in public schools in the Manistee region looks like

MANISTEE – Ron Stoneman believes the new child and youth health center located within Manistee High School will make “better citizens in our community and better students in our classrooms.”

Public schools in the Manistee area held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday evening to celebrate the opening of the new center.

The on-site health facility provides access to medical and mental health services to MAPS students aged 5 to 21. It is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all year round. Students seeking services will enter the MMHS building using the building’s secure main entrance to maintain the building’s secure entry procedure and will be directed to the clinic by health center staff.

The Superintendent expressed gratitude to everyone who made CCSA possible and said the healthcare facility will have a big impact on students.

“I really want to celebrate our collaborations and we have this beautiful facility to meet the needs of the students in our district. I’m so excited about this for their health and behavioral health,” Stoneman said. “We’re so excited to know where we’re going with this and what kind of a difference we’re going to make in the lives of the students on a daily basis.”

The CCSA was made possible through the district’s partnership with Northwestern Michigan Health Services and Centra Wellness, and grant funding from the State School Aid Fund of the State of Michigan funded by a competitive grant from the Michigan Department. of Health and Human Services, the Manistee County Community Foundation’s the Manistee County Quality of Life Fund, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the United Way of Manistee County.

Aside from the grant received, the rest of the finances needed to support the health center will come from billing for services and support provided by the community through a 30% matching requirement.

The virtual inauguration brought together over 50 people and guest speakers such as Heidi Britton, CEO of the NMHS; Ron Stoneman, MAPS Superintendent; Kirk Myers, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NMHS; Karen Goodman, COO of Centra Wellness; Renee Topolski, deputy director of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan; State Senator Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; and State Representative Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann.

The Christman Company, which also managed the construction of the Manistee Downtown Education Center at West Shore Community College, oversaw the project.


The Child and Adolescent Health Center can provide the following services:

• Physical exams for school, sports and camp;

• Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries;

• Vision and hearing screenings and follow-ups;

• Vaccinations;

• Basic laboratory services and tests;

• Crisis intervention;

• References for specialized services;

• Drug addiction counseling and education;

• Mental health advice and referrals;

• Individual or group community education; and

• STD checks and screening.

Britton said she and Stoneman had been discussing opening a health center for several years.

“When the grant opportunity arose, it was such an easy partnership. We had already done the planning, we had already done the legwork,” she said. “We were already partners and ready to tackle and meet this issue. We feel very privileged and honored to have been able to work with the school district on this. We really look forward to working together for many years to come. “

In a press release, MAPS said Manistee County shows higher than the national average clearance data rates for health impact issues such as children in poverty, percentage of uninsured, frequent mental distress, obesity in adults, drug overdose deaths and binge drinking. The district believes that the CAHC project can help provide preventative measures for the community’s most vulnerable residents.

VanderWall said the network of child and adolescent health centers has been around for decades and believes Manistee will benefit greatly from having a facility in the school district.

“I am delighted to hear about the opening of CCSA in Manistee,” he said. “For more than 30 years, the centers have provided invaluable treatment to vulnerable young people. … It is really, really so necessary for the community and for our young people.

For more information on the CCSA, including a video tour of the facility, visit

O’Malley said the health center can help students struggling with mental health issues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have children who need health services. Perhaps their families do not have such easy access, especially in rural areas, ”he said. “We have also had mental health issues with our young people for a long time. Unfortunately, from the stories I hear, COVID has exacerbated this, so it’s fantastic. For Renee, Heidi and Ron, bringing this into school is just fantastic. . “

Topolski said the Child and Youth Health Care Network has grown a lot since its inception over 30 years ago in Lansing.

“We have over 200 centers now and they go from Detroit to Three Rivers, Muskegon, obviously Manistee and UP, so it’s really become a network of urban, suburban and rural communities,” he said. she declared. “It’s just a great way for students to get high quality, easily accessible services on school grounds so parents don’t have to quit their jobs. Children don’t have to miss too many classes – they can leave, walk into the classroom at the center, get all the services they need, and return to class. “

The integrated CCSA team consists of Chelsea Menhart, nurse practitioner, who will provide medical services to students, and Priscilla Anglemyer, behavioral health therapist at NMHS, who will provide mental health services to students.

Goodman said she was proud of how everyone came together to make a difference for the students.

“It shows the collaboration and the will within our community to make a difference,” she said. “You can’t always take a step back and wait for things to happen; we must be the change. “

To contact MAPS CareConnect staff, call (231) 887-4801.


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