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

An Important Message on Solitary Confinement of Michigan Prisoners with Mental Disorders

An Important Message on Solitary Confinement of State Prisoners with Mental Disorders From the Mental Health Association in Michigan & Michigan Partners in Crisis September 6, 2012 Sections 924 and 929 of the FY-13 Department of Corrections (DOC) budget bill prohibit the use of administrative (punitive) segregation of state prisoners with serious mental illness (SMI) or serious emotional disturbance (SED) – as defined in Michigan’s Mental Health Code. (Regarding youth, the same prohibition applies to any prisoner under 19 with developmental disability. Any reference to SED from hereon in this communication includes youth with developmental disability.) The legislative language states […]

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MHAM Principles for Dual-Eligibility (Medicaid/Medicare) Programming

Principles for Project to Integrate Health Care in Michigan for Those Dually Enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare  Mental Health Association in Michigan – January, 2012 1. The administration should engage in comprehensive dialogue with the Legislature and health care stakeholders about respective fee-for-service and capitated managed care funding models for the project before any final decision about what is best for Michigan. 2. DCH has stated that all dual-eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in the project and then have the opportunity to “opt-out.” It would be more consumer-friendly if individuals had the opportunity of choosing whether to “opt-in.” Under […]

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Coalition Testimony, Possible New State Program for Those Enrolled in Medicaid & Medicare

Testimony of Mark Reinstein, Advocates Concerned with Dual Integration Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health – March 2012 Thank you, Senator Moolenaar and Members of the Subcommittee. I’m Mark Reinstein, President & CEO of the Mental Health Association in Michigan. I’m here today on behalf of the coalition known as Advocates Concerned with Dual Integration, the membership of which is attached to my testimony. We commend the Subcommittee for having this hearing. DCH in its draft plan says that no legislation is needed for the new program. We’re not sure the situation is that cut-and-dried, and this is going to […]

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