HealthWest is the community mental health authority for Muskegon County. In addition to whole person mental health care, HealthWest also provides services in the areas of developmental
disabilities, substance use, physical health, and early intervention and prevention.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) offers a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully. Programs offered include the school-based Pathways to Potential (P2P), Child Protective Services and Foster Care.
Muskegon County is home to 11 public school districts as well as several private and charter schools where our community’s youth are busy learning. The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) offers a variety of special education services, programming and specialty schools to help children and young adults reach their fullest academic potential.
Community residents have many choices when it comes to primary health care, an essential component to wellness and whole health management. Muskegon Family Care and Hackley Community Care serve as Muskegon County's two federally qualified health centers enhancing healthcare in underserved communities and specializing in patients who are underinsured on Medicaid or Medicare. Mercy Health Muskegon and several private providers also offer the community choice.
Substance Abuse Services
Families in Muskegon County have access to several providers for individuals and family members experiencing a substance use concern with drugs or alcohol. There are support groups, medicated assisted treatment, individual and group therapy and more.
The Family Division of the Muskegon County Circuit Court has three judges and combines the resources of the Friend of the Court and Juvenile Court within Family Court Services. Direct services provided include jail diversion, probation, and the Juvenile Transition Center, while contract services include substance abuse groups, mediation restorative services, Juvenile Mental Health Court and HealthWest’s Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program.
Muskegon County’s rich network of non-profits and health and human service organizations provides programming, supportive services, socialization and other key components for overall wellness.
Community & Faith Based
Muskegon is rich with community supports and faith-based institutions. These organizations and congregations provide great community based, natural supports for youth and parents with complex needs. Establishing positive relationships and connecting with the community, faith, and culture are two of the strongest ways to build resilience and overcome trauma and adversity.