Whether we ended up there by court order, a concerned family member or of our own choice, community mental health plays an important role in many people’s recovery. The regular visits with a case manager provide more than the added structure to one’s schedule. These ‘paid friends’ often give us a sense of value that a mere prescription could never do. Sure they look at our fingernails more than any person ought to, but their attention to every detail oftentimes changes our behavior for the better. As a whole, community mental health is a gateway to something more. Whether through staff, support groups or the social connections provided through Fresh Start or Full Circle, CSTS is meeting the unspoken needs of the people in Washtenaw county.