The Mental Health Association in Michigan

is the only statewide, non-governmental agency concerned with the broad spectrum of mental illness across all age groups.

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Letter from Lansing – December

LETTER FROM LANSING is a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Vol. 1, No. 12                                                                        Dec. 2018 Questionable Bill Package Opposed by MHAM Fails in Lame-Duck Legislative Session Senate Bills 1245-47, allowing law enforcement to access information about people who have been legally prescribed controlled substances for medical conditions, did not make their way through the Legislature after we testified […]

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State police want access to prescription drug monitoring system to fight opioid crisis

By Carol Thompson | Lansing State Journal | 12.16.18 LANSING — Michigan State Police want lawmakers to grant them more access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. But what troopers see as a way to control the state’s deadly opioid crisis, mental health advocates say could lead to dangerous violations of patient privacy. “Our whole concern is that it’s going to open up new avenues for law enforcement to get the names of our constituents when our constituents haven’t necessarily done a thing wrong,” said Mark Reinstein, president of the Mental Health Association in Michigan. The package of bills, SB 1245-1247, would give […]

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ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT!

November 30, 2018 The State of Michigan’s executive office submitted to the legislature a supplemental budget request but it did NOT include a request for any additional funding for a direct care worker wage increase.  We need to add this important request to the legislature’s to-do list! ACTIONS NEEDED TODAY!!! PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL your state representative and state senator. ASK THEM to support additional Medicaid funding for a $0.75 per hour wage increase for direct care workers in the Fiscal Year 2019 Supplemental Appropriations Budget. This allocation is intended to recognize the impact of the upcoming minimum wage increase […]

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Special Report: Fighting a rise in suicides

Many professional fields see suicide rates above the national average. Nicole Stromberg, mental health chief at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, said the VA doesn’t track veteran suicides or attempts by occupation because the vast majority of those at risk are unemployed. All seven veterans under care by the Detroit VA who committed suicide last year were unemployed, she said. “They were struggling with more chronic adjustment and psychiatric issues,” she said. “They didn’t have a lot of balance (and had feelings of) isolation and depression. They also had easy access to easy means, which are […]

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