Voice Your Opinion on Funding changes for Michigan’s Addiction and Mental Health Services

historyDo you recall the post about potential changes to Michigan’s public funding for addiction treatment and mental health services?

Well, the final report came in and it looked a lot like the interim report that my earlier post reported on. Basically, no major changes, but try some pilots to increase integration with physical health care.

This seems sensible, given the uncertain future of medicaid expansion.

But, it’s not over yet. I received the following from the Michigan Association of Mental Health Boards.

We need you, within the next two weeks (prior to April 10, when any 298-related change to the FY18 budget will be nearly wrapped up), to contact the House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. We also need you to ask members of your Board of Directors, your staff, and your community partners to make those same contacts.  These contacts are critical to support the solid recommendations contained in the 298 Report, and to counter the efforts by others opposed to the public management of the state’s publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system.
Legislators are hearing from the private sector on this issue; see the attached Crain’s Detroit Business article (March 9, 2017) where DHHS budget committee chairs raise questions about the lack of MHP pilots in the 298 process.  We must raise our concerns to those suggestions.
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