Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on mental health reforms in Michigan

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel, who also served as the co-chair of the House CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) task force in 2017,  says more than two dozen bills reforming mental health services in Michigan have been introduced and are working their way through the process this session of the…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Representative Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a statewide mental health crisis hotline.  Representative  Whiteford testified on the legislation before the House Health Policy Committee Wednesday and says she thinks the plan, which would connect individuals going through a mental health crisis, or members of their family, with professional services, could save…

Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on public university acountability

Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, says the public university budget for the coming school year once again focuses on university accountability through expanded Title IX oversight.  Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in institutions that receive federal funding.  Since 2017, Michigan’s public universities have been required to submit reports…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on recreational planning for Kalamazoo River

Rep. Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Environmental Quality, talks about her efforts to establish a broad-based recreational plan for the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County.  Three meetings have been held so far in the area under the direction of the Outdoor Recreation Center, and Rep. Whiteford says she hopes…