Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 21, 2018

This week in Health Policy Committee, we approved a bill I sponsored updating Michigan’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment law, commonly known as “Kevin’s Law,” to ensure we take care of mental illness earlier to curb homelessness, dangerous behavior and incarceration. This is not only better for individuals with mental health care needs, but also saves tax…

Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, today said his plan to strengthen standards for Michigan pet stores will protect animals and the families who adopt them. Vaupel’s legislation, approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, sometimes known as “puppy mills.”…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 14, 2018

School safety is of the utmost importance for the wellbeing of our children. This week I was proud to support a new plan to improve school safety across the state. The cornerstone of the plan — approved with overwhelming bipartisan support — establishes a statewide commission to help review and audit security procedures in school…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: May 7, 2018

As chairman of the House Health Policy Committee and co-chair of the House bipartisan mental health task force, I see firsthand the need for increased mental health awareness in our state. That’s why I introduced a resolution naming May 2018 Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Tens of thousands of Michigan residents…

Rep. Vaupel, a veterinarian, introduces plan to protect pets in Michigan

New legislation requires transparency and tougher standards on sales of dogs from breeders and pet stores State Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, this week introduced legislation raising the standards for all pet stores and breeders operating in the state of Michigan to protect Michigan pets, families, communities and small…

Vaupel works to increase mental health awareness

A resolution introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel declaring May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan was approved today by the state House. Vaupel, who was appointed by the House Speaker to co-chair the House bi-partisan mental health task force, called the C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, said he was inspired to…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 30, 2018

Substance abuse is a growing problem in Michigan. Opioid deaths in Michigan rose from 622 in 2011 to 1,689 in 2016, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Opioid prescriptions in the state now top 11 million per year – more than the state’s population. Now, more than ever, we need to…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 23, 2018

I recently introduced a House Resolution to declare May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan. While the C.A.R.E.S. mental health task force I co-chaired has submitted its findings, the work is just beginning. Eleven bills designed to help those with mental health issues have already been approved by the House of Representatives, and…