Rep. Whiteford announces November office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during an upcoming office hour stop next month. “Hearing and understanding your concerns is important to me,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you’ll join me next month and share what’s on your mind!” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, Nov. 11 at the following time…

Rep. Whiteford spearheads plan to address mental health of prisoners after release

Establishing discharge plan would ensure seamless transition for parolees State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee in support of her plan to ensure people who are treated for mental health and substance abuse disorders in prison continue receiving treatment upon their release. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said about 20 percent…

Rep. Whiteford: ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

A plan backed by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Whiteford, who helped sponsor the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still…

Rep. Whiteford alarmed by Gov. Whitmer’s DHHS budget vetoes

Subcommittee chair: It’s clear mental health is not governor’s priority State Rep Mary Whiteford, chair of the Department of Health and Human Services budget subcommittee, released the following statement after Gov. Whitmer slashed several items from the Legislature-approved budget on Monday, including funding for a mental health hotline that Whiteford personally introduced:             “I’m astounded…

Whiteford supports state budget with greater support for mental health care

Legislature-approved budget moves to governor’s desk Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety and more – without raising taxes. Whiteford’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on the state budget for the fiscal year starting…

Rep. Whiteford supports education funding boost

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the bipartisan plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120…

House approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan to fix deficiencies uncovered by Nassar investigation

Legislation establishes clear guidelines for sensitive medical treatments State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to establish clear standards for sensitive medical procedures was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whiteford, a registered nurse from Allegan County’s Casco Township, said her plan fixes a deficiency brought to light during the House’s inquiry into…

Rep. Whiteford announces October office hours

 State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “Hearing directly from residents is the best way to learn how I can help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you will join me next month to share what I can do for you!” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday,…

Senate committee approves Whiteford’s mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to establish a hotline to connect individuals experiencing a mental health crisis with the support they need was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee today. The hotline would be available 24 hours a day and provide access to any Michigan resident in need. Whiteford, chair of the House…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes guests to 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today welcomed Chris Mantels of the Saugatuck Fire District (left) and Chris Tinney of the Holland Fire Department (right) as her guests to the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan…

Rep. Whiteford standing strong for residents’ hard-earned money in budget talks

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, reacted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent comments criticizing the Republican-led Michigan Legislature for inactivity as Whiteford and her colleagues work to fix roads without forcing residents to pay what would be the highest gas tax in the country. “I think her statements are a dishonest portrayal of what…

Whiteford advocates for new Caro facility at bipartisan Caro4Michigan Rally

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Health and Human Services budget committee, today addressed a crowd of supporters at the Caro4Michigan Rally on the Capitol steps. Rep. Whiteford (R-Casco Township) has been an outspoken advocate for improved mental health care in Michigan since taking office, serving on the House C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task…

Rep. Whiteford announces September office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “The conversations I have locally are often the most informative,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you’ll join me next month and share what’s on your mind!” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, Sept. 16 at the following times and…

Rep. Whiteford calls for transparency surrounding civil rights director’s comments

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today issued the following statement calling for transparency regarding inappropriate comments made by Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Agustin Arbulu: “The lack of transparency surrounding the investigation into Director Arbulu’s transgressions reflects poorly on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and undermines the public’s trust in the department. The people of…

Rep. Whiteford announces August office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced several upcoming opportunities for Allegan County residents to meet with her during scheduled office hours later this month. “It is the conversations I have locally that help me know what is working, what’s not, and what I can do to help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I genuinely value the input, so…