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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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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A Message to Those Who Believe in a PUBLIC Mental Health System

FROM: Mark Reinstein, Mental Health Association in Michigan  |  4.20.17 On April 18 and 19, The Michigan Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees for DHHS reported budget drafts for Fiscal Year-18. On the issue of whether to privatize Medicaid mental health dollars by giving control of them to Medicaid HMOs, the House’s language on next steps for exploration and analysis was constructive and consistent with items in DHHS workgroup reports submitted to the Legislature. Advocacy voices with whom I’ve consulted do not have problems with what the House Subcommittee advanced. The Senate was a different story. Its Subcommittee, in section 234, […]

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Mental Health Groups Worry about Privatization

Lansing — Community mental health groups fear that their funding and management could be transferred to private insurers under a budget proposal that emerged in the past week. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services’ budget plan suggests it would align with Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal last year to eventually move $2.5 billion of Community Mental Health Medicaid money and service management to private insurers in the state’s Medicaid Health Plans. Mark Reinstein, president and chief executive officer of Mental Health Association in Michigan, said the subcommittee added a section that sets a goal by 2020 to have […]

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An Open Letter from Multiple Groups to Michigan Legislators on Section 298, 4/18/17

April 17, 2017 Dear Legislators, Michigan has been and continues to be a leader in behavioral health services. It continues to be one of the most forward thinking behavioral health systems in the nation for persons with serious mental illness, children with emotional disturbances, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and persons with substance use disorders. We are the only state in the nation that provides its behavioral health Medicaid services through a managed care approach while integrating the four main behavioral health disciplines – mental illness, children with emotional disturbances, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. The […]

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