Common Ground

Helping People Move From Crisis To Hope

Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths. Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground serves more than 80,000 individuals per year. The majority of services are free of charge and 93% of every dollar received goes to direct services.

Common Ground determines the need for and level of OCCMHA services via telephone or face-to-face contact 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

24- Hour Emergency Services
Common Ground Sanctuary is the only 24-hour emergency crisis service agency, available for Oakland County residents, offering:
• Onsite and offsite psychiatric screening and assessment
• Confidential counseling and referrals via a 24-hour crisis and resource hotline
• Short-term residential psychiatric care for adults
• Jail diversion for non-violent offenses
• Short term teen shelter
• Victim Assistance
• Support Groups
• Debriefing and Grief Counseling
• Free Legal Clinic
More Program Information

Resource & Crisis Helpline
800.231.1127 | Open for calls 24/7 | Open for texts: M-F, 4PM-10PM
Caring, concerned professionals and volunteers determine the level of service needed and offer the caller a choice of providers, confidential counseling and information and referrals, from over 4,500 referral sources, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Resource & Crisis Center
Location: 1200 N Telegraph, Building 32E, Pontiac, MI
The Crisis and Resource Center provides services for adults and children, including mental health/substance abuse assessment and evaluation for psychiatric hospitalization. Services are available via walk-in, self-referral and mobile crisis transport. Call in advance if possible.

When appropriate, individuals will be screened by licensed mental health clinicians, and referred to or placed in services that range from community agencies to in-patient hospitalization. In select circumstances.

Mobile Crisis Team
The Mobile Crisis Team assesses individuals at their residence, social service agency, emergency room, or on the street. Our goal is to obtain the least intrusive intervention to maximize the recovery of the person, while minimizing involvement of law enforcement, emergency rooms or inpatient facilities.

Crisis Residential Unit
The Crisis Residential Unit provides adult with short-term voluntary psychiatric and substance abuse care including medical supervision, nursing, therapy and discharge planning. Call Crisis Screening Unit for admission.

Jail Diversion
Through the Jail Diversion program, persons with serious mental illnesses, serious emotional disturbances, or developmental disabilities who have committed misdemeanors are diverted to services as an alternative to being charge and incarcerated in a county or municipal jail.

OACIS (Oakland Assessment and Crisis Intervention Services) is a recovery oriented face to face assessment, crisis intervention, and stabilization services for all Oakland County residents, including children.
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 32E in Pontiac, MI.

Common Ground’s Crisis Intervention Recovery Team (CIRT) provides recovery oriented mobile crisis intervention to people where they are, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Community Liaison Team
The Community Liaison Team is a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals with a broad range of experience and expertise embedded within prominent community agencies to ensure the identification and prompt treatment of individuals requiring mental health services in Oakland County.

The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is a free and safe 24-hour shelter that provides 3-week residential counseling to runaways and youths in crisis between the ages of 10-17, with the goal of reuniting youths with their families. For information on how to be accepted into the program, call our 24-hour Resource & Crisis Helpline at 800-231-1127.

A Step Forward
A Step Forward provides a safe and home-like transitional living shelter for homeless youths ages 16-20 for up to 18 months, who are seeking self-sufficiency.

Victim Assistance Program
Common Ground’s Victim Assistance Program provides 24-hour access to counselors and advocates for victims of crime, domestic and sexual abuse and workplace violence.

Free Legal Clinic
At the Common Ground Legal Clinic, attendees can receive free consultations, informed recommendations, and referrals from volunteer licensed attorneys.

Counseling Program
Common Ground offers out-patient and in-home counseling for individuals and families with 10-17 year-olds for up to three months, with the goal of helping families draw on their own resources and abilities to get through a crisis.

Support Groups
Common Ground offers many different types of support groups that focus on survivors of suicide, parenting, survivors of homicide, growth & healing, and more.
Love & Logic Support Group – Six week program for parents of teens and pre-teens that combines discussion, video, support and guest speakers.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group– Provides outreach, support and information to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We provide three different formats in addition to individual sessions by appointment only. To register, schedule an individual session or for more information call Amelia Lehto at 248-451-2613 or email her at

Open Group: Comfort, strength and hope in an open group setting with fellow survivors and trained peer facilitators, are held the first and third Mondays of every month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Individual Session: Provides a space for the person or family to share their loss, learn more about surviving the suicide loss of a loved one and resources that may be available locally and nationally. By appointment only, please call 248-451-2613 and/or email

Survivors of Homicide Victims Support Group-A 10-week support group with structured topics and guest speakers to provide support to those facing the loss of a loved one due to homicide. This is a closed group after the second session so prior registration is helpful to ensure cohesiveness. A new group begins March 23, 2016. The group is free and meets every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm. The sessions take place at Common Ground’s Resource and Crisis Center in the Oakland County Service Center complex located at 1200 North Telegraph Rd. in building 32 East. For more information please contact Vivian Steinhilper at 248-451-2622 or email her at

Growth & Healing Group-This free 10-week empowerment group is open to girls between ages 13 and 17 who have experienced sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse, date rape or incest. This group meets Mondays. Contact Charlette Adams at 248-451-2621 to register or get more information.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

North Telegraph Road 1200
Pontiac 48341 MI US
Get directions
24 Hours a day, 7 Days a week

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required