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 20, 2018

Letter from Lansing – March 2018

~a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)~

Vol. 1, No. 3                                                                                  March 2018

Section 298 Pilot Sites Selected by State 

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) has selected three areas to be state budget section 298 pilot sites. They are: Genesee Health System (Genesee CMH); Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority; and a combined project in the contiguous Muskegon and West Michigan CMH service regions. A demonstartion project on behavioral and other health integration, with different parameters, is also being established for Kent County.

In the three pilot areas, all state Medicaid appropriations for behavioral and other health care will go to Medicaid Health Plans (MHPs), which will then have to contract with the MHPs for specialty behavioral services. Despite MHP control of the funds, MDHHS insisted that CMHSPs be the lead entities on Request For Information proposals.

The State Administrative Board says that a proposal was also received from Kalamazoo County CMH & Substance Abuse Services, but it “did not meet the requirements of being responsive as they failed to meet (certain) mandatory minimum requirements.” It is our understanding that the Kalamazoo proposal called for an integrated service approach between the CMHSP and at least one MHP, but without sending all related initial Medicaid appropriations to the MHP.

MDHHS says, “It is anticipated the pilots will be implemented by Oct. 1, 2018.”

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