House committee advances Whiteford plan combatting Michigan’s psych bed shortage

The House Health Policy Committee has approved Rep. Whiteford’s plan to combat the serious shortage of psychiatric hospital beds in Michigan. While the federal government provides a structure for psychiatric residential treatment facilities, there is currently no structure provided at the state level. Whiteford’s legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)…

Rep. Whiteford measure to establish crisis stabilization units heads to Senate

Units would assist patients as a short-term alternative to psychiatric hospital care A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford establishing crisis stabilization units in Michigan has been approved by the House of Representatives. Crisis stabilization units are small inpatient facilities that provide care for people during a mental health crisis. Currently, individuals experiencing mental…

Rep. Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients and families A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time…

House committee approves Rep. Whiteford measure to establish crisis stabilization units

Units would assist patients as a short-term alternative to psychiatric hospital care A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford establishing crisis stabilization units in Michigan has been approved by the House Health Policy Committee. Crisis stabilization units are small inpatient facilities that provide care for people during a mental health crisis. Currently, if someone…

Rep. Whiteford tours Kalamazoo River dam removal projects

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, last week joined Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Congressman Fred Upton on a tour of two Kalamazoo River Superfund dam removal projects. They visited the completed Otsego Township dam first, and then the currently underway Trowbridge dam. This project, including contaminated sediment removal, is…

Rep. Whiteford urges residents to share their COVID-19 pandemic stories

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. MI COVID Story is an accessible resource for concerned residents across the state. Michigan has now lost over 5,000 people to COVID-19, and executive orders and directives…

Rep. Whiteford: It’s time to restart Allegan County’s economy

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today said West Michigan is ready to reopen for business. Whiteford, a registered nurse, said the number of COVID-related deaths across Michigan are dwindling to the lowest reported numbers the state has seen in weeks. “The goal was to flatten the curve, and we have achieved that goal,” said Whiteford, chair…

Legislators: Governor’s reopening plan is based on guesswork

Governor Whitmer’s press conference Wednesday left some Republican lawmakers frustrated at the lack of a solid plan for opening the state. “When asked for her data formula to advance to the next stage of reopening, she couldn’t provide it,” said Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R—Grand Rapids Twp. “Her only answer was ‘it depends, it depends.’ It…

Broadband service grant awarded to Southwest Michigan following letter of support from Rep. Whiteford

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive $10.7 million in a loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren and Allegan counties. The initiative is part of the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs…

Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth unanimously approved by Michigan House

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must…