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.

July 11, 2020

Letter from Lansing – April 2020

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of MHAM’s monthly newsletter that provides you with public policy updates and other information that impacts the behavioral health care of you and those you love.

“When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

A Note from the President & CEO

May is here and it is technically Springtime. It has been a long winter as the pandemic has made 2020 one of the most challenging years that we have experienced in decades. The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has tested every aspect of our healthcare delivery system including mental health. At the same time, the coronavirus has caused the physical and behavioral healthcare systems to adapt to the conditions imposed upon them by using telehealth to provide “virtual” mental health care.

The availability of technology has been able to ease some of the burden on both behavioral health providers and individuals who seek behavioral health services and that is a good thing. The downside of technology is that not everyone who needs services has access to it and this creates barriers to care and treatment. One thing can be certain: The pandemic has revealed in an undeniable way the underlying weaknesses of mental health care in our state and it lets us know that there is still much work to be done to improve access to care and the quality of care. Once the number of coronavirus cases in our state decreases and restrictions are gradually being lifted, it is my hope that there will be efforts made to critically examine those elements of mental health care that worked and those that failed, with emphasis upon shoring up what failed to make it better. The goal of the Mental Health Association in Michigan is to continually work toward improvements in mental health care in Michigan. Although the pandemic has been painful and difficult, there are opportunities to make things better, too. CLICK HERE for the .pdf version of this newsletter