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.

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A Letter from Lansing – 2018 May Edition

~a monthly public policy newsletter from the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)~ Vol. 1, No. 5                                                                                     May 2018 Section 298 Implementation Needs to Be Delayed, Says MDHHS Since our last issue, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has announced that its latest target for Section 298 pilot implementation (October of this year) cannot be met and will have to be pushed back a year (to October 2019). It is unknown at this time how the legislators most behind the 298 initiative will react to that, and whether they’ll try to do something toward a shorter target […]

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Speedy trial? Not if you’re mentally ill in Michigan

By John Counts johncounts@mlive.com Many mentally ill defendants aren’t getting speedy trials in Michigan. Competency cases move through the criminal justice system at a sluggish pace, generally because of one major hurdle: finding space at a state psychiatric facility. Cases are held up for months – sometimes up to a year – while defendants languish untreated in county jails, an MLive investigation revealed. The problem has gotten so bad that judges have resorted to issuing show-cause orders threatening the Center for Forensic Psychiatry with contempt of court for not admitting defendants in a timely manner, the investigation found. The Department of Health and […]

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Section 298 Barriers to Implementation Report

(FY2018 Appropriation Act – Public Act 107 of 2017) November 1, 2017 Sec. 298. (1) Before implementing the pilot projects and demonstration models described in subsections (2) and (3), the department shall enter into an agreement with an independent project facilitator with at least 5 years of project management experience to establish performance outcome metrics of the pilot projects and demonstration models, finalize each pilot project’s or demonstration model’s implementation milestones, determine and manage the critical path to the pilot project’s or demonstration model’s completion, provide independent guidance on resolving conflicts between parties, and perform other necessary oversight and implementation […]

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Health plans, big campaign donors press lawmakers for more control of mental health services

This story was produced as a collaboration between Michigan Radio and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Graphics by Kaye LaFond.  Michigan lawmakers who will decide whether to hand health insurance plans a major victory this spring have received about $1 million in contributions from committees and executives connected to the plans. At stake is who will provide the services for people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders, and who will receive the $2.6 billion in annual Medicaid dollars that are paid as fees for those services. Of that $1 million in contributions, $292,100 has come since the start of […]

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