June 2, 2017


Who we are

MI Care Council serves as an independent voice for providers of person-centered care and social supports in the state of Michigan. The council is comprised of healthcare and social support service providers who collaborate to promote state and local policies that support a system of high quality, high-value, integrated person-centered services.

Leaders from the seven founding members comprise the Board of Directors:

  • Dennis Bott, CEO, Macomb Oakland Regional Center
  • Michael Garrett, President & CEO, Community Network Services Michigan
  • Heather Rae, CEO, Common Ground Helps
  • Ken Ratzlaff, President, Beacon Specialized Living Services, Inc.
  • Phil Weaver, President & CEO, Hope Network
  • Jacque Wilson, Director, Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc.
  • Brent Wirth, President & CEO, Easter Seals Michigan

The founding organizations employ nearly 6,000 people, the majority of whom provide behavioral health services directly to 132,800 individuals each year, impacting more than 626,000 patients, clients and immediate family members in all 83 Michigan counties.

MI Care Council invites Michigan-based behavioral health, healthcare and social support service providers who share our vision to contact us about membership.

Our Vision

MI Care Council envisions an integrated system of high quality care and services for persons – adults, children, youth and their families – at risk for or with behavioral or mental health needs, physical health needs and social support needs.

We envision a system that is person-centered, maximizes consumer choice, ensures quality services, exhibits transparency, maximizes efficiency, provides a continuum of health, wellness and social supports and maximizes resources reaching persons served throughout Michigan.

We envision state and local public policies that support such a system, resulting in positive outcomes for persons served and for the communities in which they live.

Our Core Values and Principles

Holistic, Individualized, Integrated and Portable

Keys to person-centered care and services

We are committed to focusing on the person served. A person-centered system of care ensures that the needs and rights of persons served are paramount in determining treatment and service plans.

Person-centered care:

  • Is a holistic approach to individualized care.
  • Is respectful of people’s values and considers people’s preferences and expressed needs.
  • Allows negotiation of care and increases choice through therapeutic relationships in which persons are empowered to be involved in their own health decisions.
  • Involves family and friends.
  • Takes into consideration social determinants of health.
  • Takes a coordinated and integrated approach to an individualized care plan – connects families, healthcare professionals, social workers, lawyers, insurance companies and others.
  • Is not restricted by county lines. Allows for portability of care ensuring that people have access to appropriate care when and where they need it.
  • Allows for uniform protections for the person served, making sure there is continuity between and within services.
  • Allows for increased resources to be directed to the person served.


The results?

  • People get the care they need when they need it.
  • People become more actively engaged in their healthcare and take ownership in looking after themselves.
  • Health outcomes improve and recidivism is reduced.