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InterAct News and Press Releases

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InterAct of Michigan; Public Release Kalamazoo


InterAct of Michigan - Public Release Kalamazoo

InterAct of Michigan; Public Release Kent County


InterAct of Michigan - Public Release Kent County

Board of Directors Update for 2021


Updates to the InterAct Board of Directors

Board of Directors Update for 2020


Updates to the InterAct Board of Directors 

InterAct CEO retires as of 9/30/19


Changes in InterAct’s leadership

Board of Directors Update for 2019


Updates to the InterAct Board of Directors

Board of Directors Update for 2018


Updates to the InterAct Board of Directors

Employers of the Year Selected


InterAct's Board selects Employers of the Year for Kalamazoo and Kent County

Board of Directors Updates for 2017


Updates to the InterAct Board of Directors

Employer of the Year Selected


At the January 26, 2017 InterAct Annual Board meeting, Action Employment Services (AES) nominated Fandango Tapas Bistro located at 247 S. Kalamazoo Mall to receive the Employer of the Year Award for 2016.

Center for DBT Services Receives DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Status


InterAct’s Center for DBT Services has provided evidence-based treatment to people with complex clinical needs since 1999.

Action Employment Services Receives Exemplary Rating


InterAct’s Action Employment Services (AES) program had a Michigan Fidelity Assessment and Support Team (MIFAST) review of its implementation of the evidence-based Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Supports (SE/IPS) model in June 2016.

Navigate Services Expand to Kalamazoo


Implementation by InterAct of first-episode psychosis treatment through the evidence-based practice Navigate model demonstrated great success since the pilot project was funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) starting October 2014 in Kent County through a contract with Network 180. 

InterAct Board of Directors Are STAR Award Nominees


The InterAct Board of Directors elected the following for a 3-year term expiring January 2019: Matt Howard, Steve Rider, Mary C. Roberts, and Alan Sylvester.  

Substance Abuse Services Program Receives High Rating


InterAct has provided outpatient treatment for people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse services as part of a licensed program in Michigan since 2001.  

Board of Directors Updates for 2015


Board Leadership Expands in 2015

Navigate Program Initiated


 On October 1, 2014 InterAct began implementation of its new pilot program funded by a grant from Network 180 to treat individuals ages 15-30 experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Pilot Implementation of RAISE Begins in October 2014


In recognition of the fact the majority of individuals with serious mental illness experience the first signs of that illness during adolescence or early adulthood, Federal funds have been designated to support the development of early psychosis treatment programs across the United States.

Board of Directors Welcomes Expanded Leadership


As part of InterAct’s service expansion to Kent County, the Board of Directors has made a commitment to include representatives from that community on the Board.

Grand Rapids Office Opens October 1st


InterAct began the biggest service expansion in its history on October 1, 2013 with the opening of its Kent County offices at 1131 Ionia NW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503; Phone# (616) 259-7900. The bright and welcoming space was developed specifically for delivery of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services and Supported Employment through a contract with Network 180.

InterAct to Contract with Network 180


InterAct of Michigan has been selected by Network 180 to provide Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services and Supported Employment services in Kent County. 

Substance Abuse Services Adds Early Intervention Treatment


Substance Abuse Services for Co-occurring Disorders (SAS) begins a pilot implementation of early intervention treatment called “Motivation for Change” in June 2013. 

InterAct Receives Additional Funding to Pilot Cognitive Enhancement Therapy


InterAct has received the final component of project funding from the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation to match funds already received from Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation, and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) for development of develop Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) to help people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses in our community to improve their processing speed, cognition, and social cognition.  Cognition is the major source of disability for people that are recovering from mental illness. 

Employers of the Year Selected


Action Employment Services provides evidence-based supported employment services that utilize about 90 different community job sites each year.  A key to the success of AES in finding people jobs comes from finding the right match with an employer so the work fits the person’s skills and the individual meets the needs of the company.

Board of Directors Elects Officers for 2013


At the January 24, 2013 InterAct Annual Board meeting, the following individuals were elected to three-year terms through January 2016: Matt Howard, Stacey Randolph-Ledbetter, Steve Rider, Mary C. Roberts, and Alan Sylvester. Officers for 2013 were elected as follows: President-Sheryl Kiel; Vice-President-Kiran Cunningham; Treasurer-Alan Sylvester; and Secretary-Mary C. Roberts.

InterAct Staff Recognized as SOAR Superstars


As part of the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness, a program entitled SSI Outreach, Access and Recovery-better known as SOAR-has been developed to create an expedited path for adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to obtain Social Security disability benefits. These benefits increase opportunities for people to receive needed treatment, obtain housing, and build successful lives in the community. At InterAct we have learned it “takes a village” to successfully navigate the system on behalf of persons served; so we’ve built a SOAR workgroup made up of dedicated ACT clinicians, SAS and CTT Case Managers, and Team Assistants to stay on the path to success.

InterAct Becomes United Way Affiliate Agency


On October 11, 2012 the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR) approved the application of InterAct of Michigan, Inc. for Affiliate Agency status for Community Investment-Kalamazoo. InterAct has had only “designated agency” status meaning we could be selected to receive funds donated in the United Way fund drive; however, we did not receive on-going services funding.

AES Achieves Top Fidelity Rating for Supported Employment


Action Employment Services received a supported employment fidelity review in September 2012 and was recognized for having “the highest fidelity score in the state of Michigan.”  Reviewers credited their “steady, consistent progress over the past three years. The team is a stable one, having seasoned staff and a skilled supervisor.

InterAct Receives SAMHSA 2010 Science and Service Award


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the selection of InterAct of Michigan to receive a 2010 Science and Service Award for treatment of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.  The SAMHSA awards program recognizes public- and private-sector organizations that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.  SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. states, “families and individuals deserve the most effective services possible for the prevention and treatment of health conditions including mental health and substance use disorders.  These award winners deserve to be commended for blazing new trails in providing such cutting-edge effective services in their communities.”