Ground broken on new CMMH digs

August 29, 2014

8-29-14 Mental Health GroundbreakingBy Pat Maurer

Next May hopefully, Harrison’s Community Mental Health staff will be moving into a brand new 15,000 square foot building.

The new building, funded by the Central Michigan Mental Health Facilities Board and constructed by the Three Rivers Corporation, will be built on the same property just behind the current building at 789 North Clare Avenue in Harrison.

A groundbreaking ceremony, witnessed by many community officials and members of both the Mental Health Facilities Board and the Community Mental Health Board for Central Michigan, was held Wednesday afternoon at the site just behind the present building, which will eventually be razed.

“We are thrilled about the construction of a new building that will give the agency great opportunity to provide quality mental health services to individuals in the community,” said Linda Kaufmann, Executive Director.

According to their press release, CMHCM directly employs 352 individuals, 34 of those in Clare County. The agency serves people in six counties: Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola.

To learn more about Community Mental Health for Central Michigan, visit

George Rouman, Program Administrator for the Central Michigan Mental Health Facilities Board, gave a brief presentation about the project at the groundbreaking.

Shown here at the groundbreaking ceremony are (in front with the shovel) Ruth Chapman, president of the CMMH Facilities Board and Doug Ward, Chairperson of the CMHCM board. From left are Linda Kaufmann, Executive Director of both the Facilities Board and the Mental Health Board; Lynn Grim, County Commissioner and member of the Facilities Board; Connie Gregory of the Facilities Board; Dick Peterson of the Facilities Board; Patrick Tiedt of the Facilities Board; George Rouman, Program Administrator of the Facilities Board; Joe Phillips of the Mental Health Board; and Elaine Demasi of the Facilities Board.

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