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.

Current Program Work

Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)
Policy Initiatives for 2019-2020

A.  Monitor, analyze and attempt to influence as necessary the state’s Fiscal Year-20-and-21 budgets. Included will be effort to increase wages for mental health direct care support staff.

B.  Maintain a broad, multi-interest coalition (Michigan Partners in Crisis) to collectively address and advocate about problems of adults and minors with mental illness inappropriately entering the justice system – prison, jail, juvenile. 

C.  Work with other interested organizations to seek recipient rights legislation that accomplishes the following:

  • Make the State Office of Recipient Rights a Type I (semi-autonomous) agency within the Department of Health and Human Human Services (DHHS), and require that local recipient rights offices report to the State Office of Recipient Rights. (Lt. Gov. Calley’s Mental Health & Wellness Commission recommended in 2014 that local Recipient Rights Offices report to an independent third party.)
  • Unless completed in ’18, create a viable early option for mediation in resolution of rights complaints.
  • Advance the dispute resolution recommendations of the MDHHS Section 298 Facilitation Workgroup.

D. Regarding eligibility and priority status for publicly funded mental health service:

D.  Regarding eligibility and priority status for publicly funded mental health service:

  • Stimulate a standard statewide definition of severity-of-condition;
  • Facilitate transfer of “mild-to-moderate” mental illness benefit and funding from Medicaid Health Plans to CMHSPs.

E.  Revise PA 248 of 2004 to protect mental health  medications prescribed within Medicaid from prior authorization under both managed care and fee-for-service arrangements. This has been recommended by the Calley Commission, the MDHHS Section 298 Facilitation Workgroup, and the department’s recent psychoptropic task force under budget section 1867.

F.  Monitor and provide leadership as appropriate to statewide developments in the integration of behavioral health and physical health care based on the work of the Legislature’s Section 298 project.

G.  Seek and act upon if presented, opportunities to legislatively advance recommendations of the Governor’s Mental Health Diversion Council and its committees.

H.  Consider and, if warranted, draft legislation on enforcement of federal parity law in Michigan. (Enforcement of that law is left up to the states.)

H.  Consider and, if warranted, draft legislation on enforcement of federal parity law in Michigan. (Enforcement of that law is left up to the states.)

I.  Advocate for legislative changes to Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) provisions, and other related Chapter 4 issues, in the Mental Health Code. Continue statewide AOT trainings.

J. Oppose any bills proposed to give law enforcement confidential information identifying names and other personal circumstances of individuals legally presecribed controlled substances for medical conditions.

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