Service Numbers

SWMBH Main Line: 800-676-0423
SWMBH Customer Service: 800-890-3712
SWMBH Compliance Hotline: 800-783-0914
SWMBH SUD Access Line: 800-781-0353
SWMBH Portal

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Crisis Phone Number: 1-800-675-7148

Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Board

SWMBH is organized around an independent Board of Directors with one primary representative and one alternate representative from each of the eight county’s Community Mental Health Board Members.  Their responsibility is to administer the Governance Policies and direct the Executive Officer who organizes and oversees all operations.

A second Board, the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board (SUD OPB), oversees, advises and makes recommendations regarding SWMBH’s budgets for substance use disorder treatment or prevention using Public Act (PA 2) Funds, and advises and makes recommendations regarding contracts with substance use disorder treatment or prevention providers. The SWMBH SUDOPB members are appointed by one of the County Commissions in each of the eight Counties in the SWMBH SUDOPB region.The SUD OPB and the Board of Directors work independently to achieve optimal efficiency and to maximize our impact in the areas that we serve.

Board of Directors

Applying his Master degree in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Master Degree in Clinical and Macro Social Work, as well as his National Certification for School Psychology, Tom advocates for children, adolescents and adults with mental health needs and substance use disorders. Tom is a retired school psychologist. He has served as a Community Mental Health Board member for the past twenty-five years and is currently Chairman of the Board at Pines Behavioral Health.

Tom Schmelzer
Chair
Branch County
Primary

Serving as the Vice Chair of the SWMBH Board, Edward is passionate about giving back to the community and serving where needed. He is interested in Community Mental Health and compassionate about the consumers served. He has an extensive history working on numerous boards including the St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees, Berrien County Community Mental Health Board, and St. Joseph Public Schools Board. He attended Michigan State University as well as Western Michigan University.

Ed Meny
Vice-Chair
Berrien County
Primary

As a retired educator, Susan devoted her professional career to elementary school age children with special needs. She worked with children in Resource Rooms as well as self-contained Cognitively Impaired Classrooms in the Paw Paw Public School system for 24 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a K-12 Certification from Central Michigan University. Susan has decided to continue her community support for consumers by serving on both the SWMBH and Van Buren Community Mental Health boards.

Susan Barnes
Secretary
Van Buren County
Primary

Jim Blocker is the Chief of Police for the Battle Creek Police Department. Having served within the Battle Creek Police department for 20 years in various capacities. In addition, Chief Blocker retains the rank of MAJOR in the US Army, serving in the Michigan Army National Guard, currently assigned as Provost Marshall for Camp Grayling. He has had multiple tours of duty and has earned numerous awards for his service. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. His “service” character is a valuable asset to both the Summit Pointe and SWMBH Board.

Jim Blocker
Board Member
Calhoun County
Primary

Experienced as both a Supervisor and Manager, Tony has worked in the Sturgis area for several decades. During the last 3 years his talents have been utilized in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Tony has chosen to serve on both the St. Joseph County Community Mental Health Board and the Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Board with the desire to be a voice for those individuals who benefit from the Community Mental Health organization and with whom he currently works.

Anthony Heiser
Board Member
St. Joseph County
Primary

Robert has an extensive 32 year history of working in the pharmaceutical industry. He has managed many differentiated roles including National Sales Manager and Vice President and Director of Sales. Robert is dedicated to doing everything he can to serve the interests and issues of mental health consumers within the community. He maintains a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Robert Nelson
Board Member
Barry County
Primary

In an effort to allow all members of our community to feel valued and live and work to his/her fullest potential, Robert is an advocate of giving back to the community. Applying his Master degree in Guidance and Counseling as well as Master Degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Michigan University, Robert has a vested interest in continuing quality service for consumers with Behavioral Health needs without any interruption in these services. Robert is a retired high school guidance counselor. He is currently Chairperson of Cass County Board of Commissioners as well as Woodlands Behavioral Health.

Robert Wagel
Board Member
Cass County
Primary

Moses is a retired Healthcare Executive who has been serving on the SWMBH Board since its inception. He has numerous degrees including a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University. Moses’ career has been devoted to ensuring that mental health services are made available to those in need and being a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.

Moses Walker
Board Member
Kalamazoo County
Primary

Angie is a Western Michigan University graduate and has used her education to work with Head Start and Great Start Collaborative in multiple roles. As a Parent Liaison with the Parent Coalition, she ensured children are developmentally ready to succeed in school and in life. Angie’s commitment is to making a difference in the lives of others and serves as a Board Member for the Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority Board and SWMBH.

Angie Dickerson
Board Alternate
Van Buren County
Alternate

Educated in criminal justice and employed within the Michigan Department of Corrections system for nearly 30 years, Jon continues to serve his community believing that in order to have a strong healthy society, quality mental health services have to be available. Elected as a County Commissioner for multiple terms, Jon’s keen awareness is a valuable asset to the Branch County Pines Behavioral Health Services and Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Boards.

Jon Houtz
Board Alternate
Branch County
Alternate

Kathy-Sue Vette is a Commissioner for Calhoun County District 1. As part of the Commission, she serves as Chair of the Calhoun Visitor Bureau and a member of the Calhoun County Board of Health. Kathy-Sue also serves as a member of various community entities, including Southwest Michigan First and Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation. She also currently serves as Chairwoman of the Kellogg Community College Foundation and a founding member of Women of Impact Battle Creek.

Kathy Sue Vette
Board Alternate
Calhoun County
Alternate

By attending courses and seminars specific to her position as an employee, Mary was better able to support the staff at Cass County Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network. As an avid volunteer, Mary has touched the lives of numerous individuals and organizations in her community. This desire to serve makes Mary a valuable member to the Cass County Woodlands Behavioral Health Network and the Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Boards.

Mary Myers
Board Alternate
Cass County
Alternate

Utilizing her Master degree in education, Nancy serves as at Lake Michigan College as the Director of Student Support Services under the federally funded TRIO academic program. This program offers additional support services to first generation, low-income, or students with a disability to assist in the successful completing of their education. Nancy’s desire is to give back to the community by assisting in changing perceptions of mental health, disabilities, and the individuals we serve to end discrimination and does so by serving on the Berrien County Riverwood Center Board and the Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Boards.

Nancy Johnson
Board Alternate
Berrien County
Alternate

Patricia is a current member of the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board. She is retired from the Kalamazoo City Commission as well as Western Michigan University Office of Public Service. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Western Michigan University. Patricia is enthusiastic about serving those in our community with mental health disabilities to live their best lives.

Patricia Guenther
Board Alternate
Kalamazoo County
Alternate

Committed to the dignified treatment of all persons, Robert has an extensive history of serving adolescents in the public school system. With a Doctorate of Education Degree from Eastern Michigan University and Master Degree in Educational Leadership, Robert has served in the Public School System for nearly twenty years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Barry County Mental Health Authority and is dedicated to serving special populations in the community in a continued effort to fight for their right to dignified treatment.

Robert Becker
Board Alternate
Barry County
Alternate

As a Certified Public Accountant, Tim has worked as a Controller, an independent businessman, and a founder of a fiscal intermediary. Currently Tim serves as an Associate Director of the St. Joseph Community Co-Op, an employment readiness organization serving clients in St. Joseph County. With a passion for supporting and advocating for individuals, Tim believes he can serve the mental health system with his talents both on the St. Joseph County Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services and the Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Boards.

Timothy Carmichael
Board Alternate
St. Joseph County
Alternate
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