Ben Y. Robinson, president of Rose Hill Center, was recently reappointed to the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Advisory Council on Mental Illness.
Ben was selected to participate on the council based on his broad experience and knowledge of mental health issues, which allow him to represent multiple viewpoints. His primary role on the council is to act as an advocate representing the interests of adults with serious mental illness.
Ben was first appointed to the Advisory Council on Mental Illness when it was established in 1990, and (with the exception of one year) he has served continuously since. He has been past Chair twice, has participated in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) site reviews, and has twice presented the State’s Mental Health Block Grant application to SAMSA reviewers.
Since his first appointment more than 20 years ago, he has served under Governors Blanchard, Engler and Granholm and is now under the Snyder administration. “I have gained a lot from this involvement, and hopefully I have contributed as well,” Ben said.
His current term on the council runs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012.
Ben was appointed president of Rose Hill Center in 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience in mental health services. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology as well as a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, both from the University of Michigan. He also has an MBA in business economics from Wayne State University. Ben resides in Rochester Hills.