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.

September Action Alert

The House-Senate Conference Committee budget for MDHHS in FY-20 expands the infamous Section 298 concept, so that CMHSPs can be shut out of the picture in the three pilot programs (which keep getting delayed) that would give almost all Medicaid specialty behavioral health appropriations to private (often for-profit) Medicaid Health Plans (MHPs). Governor Whitmer will have only till the end of the month to determine what she may veto in FY-20 state department budgets. It is imperative that you contact her office ASAP and ask for a veto of section 298 or, alternatively, a veto of subsections (1)(a), (1)(b), and […]

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Opinion | Time to close Michigan’s access gap to mental health services

Hundreds of thousands of Medicaid-enrolled Michiganders need mental health support, but only about half receive help. We can do better for family members and neighbors in need.  That’s why we, the leaders of six leading mental and behavioral health organizations in our state, are calling on state legislators and our governor to allocate the needed resources to fill funding gaps amid rising rates of behavioral health-related conditions locally and across the United States. Society’s inattention to mental and behavioral health needs is the result of misinformation and misunderstanding. Stigma and the inability to pursue treatment continues to hold back the […]

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Perspectives of the Advocacy Community on the Lakeshore Regional Entity & the Public Mental Health System in Michigan

Part Two: Steps to Be Taken Statewide August 26, 2019 (Part One Released August 5) The Arc-Michigan Association for Children’s Mental Health Mental Health Association in Michigan Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Michigan Disability Rights Coalition Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service National Alliance on Mental Illness – Michigan Introduction Michigan’s publicly funded mental health system is in crisis. Among the reasons are the system’s poor structure and organization, an overly complicated bureaucracy, and lack of funding. The recent announcement from MDHHS that it intends to terminate the PIHP contract for the Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) PIHP has sparked a new controversy […]

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Letter from Lansing – August

More on Lakeshore & the State Mental Health System The situation with Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) – see last issue – is in some flux as LRE has asked for a state administrative appeal hearing and filed a lawsuit, only to withdraw the suit for now. Meanwhile, a number of leading advocacy groups have developed a paper on the Lakeshore situation and the state as a whole. The report has been divided into two parts. The first, primarily on immediate next steps for the Lakeshore region (if and when it’s terminated), was released Aug. 5th and is reprinted here. Part […]

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