LANSING — A Big Rapids-based attorney was appointed to the state’s Mental Health Diversion Council, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week.
James R. Samuels, of Mecosta, is an attorney and owner of Samuels Law Office, PLLC and a faculty member and board member with the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Samuels is appointed to represent a licensed attorney with experience representing individuals with mental illness for a term commencing Feb. 25, 2021 and expiring Jan. 30, 2025. He succeeds Christopher Cooke whose term expired Jan. 30.
Whitmer also appointed the following to the council: Christopher Becker, of Ada; James A. Blocker, of Delton; Frank K. Fischer, of Plymouth; George Strander, Ph.D., of Albion; and Algeria K. Wilson, of East Lansing.
The Mental Health Diversion Council is an advisory body to the Governor within the Department of Health and Human Services charged to advise and assist in the implementation of a diversion action plan and provide recommendations for statutory, contractual or procedural changes to improve diversion.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.