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.

Partners in Crisis

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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Analysis of Senate Bills 1245-1247

Greetings Friends and Advocates: Senate Bills 1245-1247 have passed the Senate and have been referred to the House Health Policy Committee which is chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel.  We presume that these bills will be addressed by the Health Policy Committee during the week of December 10, but, at this time, we do not know when.   The Mental Health Association in Michigan has completed a brief analysis of these bills which is attached to this communication.                     Mental Health Association in Michigan Senate Bills 1245-1247, if passed into law, give the Michigan State Police and other law enforcement officials direct […]

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Letter from Lansing – September 2018

A monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) Vol. 1, No. 9                                                                                Sept. 2018  Major New Section 298 Announcement from MDHHS  The state Department of Health & Human Services has made a significant new announcement about activity in the Section 298 pilots slated for October ’19. The department has released its intention for how to proceed […]

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3 More Abuse Claims Lead to Charges at Harbor Oaks Hospital

5:44 PM, Jul 16, 2018 Source: WXYZ-TV NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. (WXYZ) – In less than 30 days, three different allegations of abuse at Harbor Oaks Hospital have led to charges filed by Macomb County’s prosecutor. The charges come at the same time officials with the State of Michigan give the hospital a clean bill of health. For more than a year, 7 Action News has investigated claims by hospital nurses that the facility has insufficient staffing and training to keep patients—or themselves—safe from harm. RELATED: Michigan mental health patient charged with two sex assaults at Harbor Oaks RELATED: Metro Detroit psych hospital […]

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