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

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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State police want access to prescription drug monitoring system to fight opioid crisis

By Carol Thompson | Lansing State Journal | 12.16.18 LANSING — Michigan State Police want lawmakers to grant them more access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. But what troopers see as a way to control the state’s deadly opioid crisis, mental health advocates say could lead to dangerous violations of patient privacy. “Our whole concern is that it’s going to open up new avenues for law enforcement to get the names of our constituents when our constituents haven’t necessarily done a thing wrong,” said Mark Reinstein, president of the Mental Health Association in Michigan. The package of bills, SB 1245-1247, would give […]

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ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT!

November 30, 2018 The State of Michigan’s executive office submitted to the legislature a supplemental budget request but it did NOT include a request for any additional funding for a direct care worker wage increase.  We need to add this important request to the legislature’s to-do list! ACTIONS NEEDED TODAY!!! PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL your state representative and state senator. ASK THEM to support additional Medicaid funding for a $0.75 per hour wage increase for direct care workers in the Fiscal Year 2019 Supplemental Appropriations Budget. This allocation is intended to recognize the impact of the upcoming minimum wage increase […]

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Letter from Lansing – October 2018

~a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan Vol. 1, No. 10                                                                        Oct. 2018  National Parity Analysis Gives Michigan ‘F’ Grade Unsurprisingly, Michigan was one of 32 states to receive an ‘F’ in a national analysis of State Mental Health & Addiction Parity Statutes. The analysis was written by the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity and published by the Kennedy […]

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