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March 29, 2013

Northern Lakes to join board

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The board has only seen a draft of the operating agreement, he said.

Mahank proposed changing the bylaws to indicate board approval is subsequent to review of the final operating agreement. Van Pelt wasn’t convinced and cast the sole “no” vote.

Mahank explained that the consolidation is driven federally. In order for Michigan to retain its ability to retain count-run community mental health agencies, it had to prove that it was making efforts toward regionalization. In theory, it will improve administrative efficiencies, but Mahank said it means decision making gets “further and further away from local communities.”

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