Big Rapids’ attorney was appointed to the Mental Health Diversion Council
LANSING – A Big Rapids attorney has been appointed to the state’s Mental Health Diversion Council, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this week.
James R. Samuels, of Mecosta, is an attorney and proprietor of the Samuels Law Office, PLLC, faculty member, and board member of Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan.
He holds a BS in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Samuels is appointed to represent a licensed attorney experienced in representing people with mental illness for a term beginning February 25, 2021 and ending January 30, 2025. He succeeds Christopher Cooke, whose term expired on January 30th.
Whitmer also appointed to the council: Christopher Becker of Ada; James A. Blocker of Delton; Frank K. Fischer from Plymouth; George Strander, Ph.D., of Albion; and Algeria K. Wilson from East Lansing.
The Mental Health Diversion Council is an advisory body to the governor of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with advising and assisting the implementation of a diversion action plan and making recommendations for legislative, contractual, or procedural changes to improve diversion.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and approval of the Senate.