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.

March 16, 2017

Final Section 298 Report Released by MDHHS

Dear Stakeholders,

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the final report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan legislature. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The initiative is based upon Section 298 of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations act, which directed MDHHS to develop a report with recommendations to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The final report chronicles the history of the statewide discussion and summarizes feedback and input from consumers, providers, payers, and advocates on this issue.

Building on the interim report issued in January, the final report includes a series of recommendations developed by the workgroup. The recommendations are for the legislature on the best strategies to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report includes the 70 initial policy recommendations outlined in the interim report and also incorporates several new recommendations from the workgroup on financing models and benchmarks for implementation.

MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to assist with the development of the report. Over the last few months, MDHHS and the workgroup have led a statewide discussion on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report will support and inform upcoming legislative discussions on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. MDHHS will work with the legislature on reviewing the recommendations and help support upcoming discussions.

For more information about the final report and the Section 298 Initiative, visit www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298 or send an email to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov.

Best regards,

The Section 298 Team
Michigan Department of Health and Human Service

Click HERE for the full report.

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