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  • Behavioral Health Town Hall Invitation

Rogers Town Hall

Behavioral Health Town Hall on Aug. 2

I hope that you will join me at my upcoming Behavioral Health Town Hall to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Douglass Community Association, located at 1000 W. Paterson St. in Kalamazoo. Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m.

Before our scheduled panel discussion, you are invited to utilize the resources of the “Relaxation Station” bus, which include calming options such as massage therapy and light therapy from 4:45-6 p.m. There will also be vendors from a variety of health care providers and community organizations who will be available starting when doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., representatives from local health care providers, law enforcement, behavioral health organizations, and special guest Jeff Patton, CEO of Integrated Services of Kalamazoo, will engage in a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities to address behavioral health needs. After their brief presentations and discussion, we will be addressing specific questions from the community, which can be submitted ahead of time by emailing my office at or by submitting a card on the day of the event. Please come ready with questions as our experts will be there to get you answers.

Behavioral and mental health care access is an important topic that, as many area residents have told me, is often overlooked. I hope you will join me in bringing attention to meeting these needs and hear from those on the frontlines helping members of our community.