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.

Michigan Public Policy

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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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 – February 2019

A monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Vol. 2, No. 2                                                                      February  2019 Important New Michigan Report on Medication Access Released A report from a special, legislatively required workgroup on mental health medications has just been released. It supports the position MHAM and the behavioral health community have held for almost 20 years. Since 2004, Michigan Medicaid has carved out […]

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