The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services and supports. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched this initiative in response to legislative language in the Fiscal Year 2017 approved budget. The language, known as Section 298, calls upon MDHHS to form a workgroup “to make recommendations regarding the most effective financing model and policies for behavioral health services and supports in order to improve the coordination of behavioral health and physical health for individuals with mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.”
Under Section 298, MDHHS and a workgroup of stakeholders must produce a report with recommendations for the Michigan Legislature. Last summer, MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to gather feedback from the public and develop recommendations for the report. MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup submitted the interim report to the Michigan Legislature on January 13, 2017. The interim report focuses on recommendations for potential policy changes. The final report, which will be submitted by March 15, 2017, will incorporate policy recommendations from the interim report as well as additional recommendations on models, pilots, and benchmarks for implementation.
Model Proposal Submission Process
The model proposal solicitation process is the next phase of the Section 298 Initiative. This process is designed to provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders to propose possible models for improving the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services and supports. Proposed models should be inclusive of both financing and services and supports delivery. MDHHS will accept model proposals submitted to MDHHS‐firstname.lastname@example.org using this template from January 13, 2017 to February 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Model proposals received in a format other than this template or received after February 3rd will not be evaluated by MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup. MDHHS may contact model submitters for clarification and/or additional information regarding model submissions if needed. The model proposal solicitation is not a request for proposal which will result in a direct contract or other formal engagement of the submitter(s). This process is a request for information which will contribute to the development of the Section 298 Final Report for the Michigan legislature.
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