State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, was invited to participate in a conference call Thursday with President Trump and members of his administration regarding the mental health crisis in America. The president cited the West Michigan state representative as a champion for mental health.
Whiteford discussed the Michigan Crisis and Access Hotline (MCAL), a resource for Michigan residents in need of mental health care, which she has worked to establish over the past three years and is in the process of being implemented. She explained how states could work with federal funds to help launch programs like MCAL so people can get the help they need.
“It was an honor to be asked to participate in this discussion with the president today,” said Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “Our Crisis and Access Hotline will be the most comprehensive in our nation as it will directly connect those in need with local providers of behavioral health services. It will be a great model for other states, and I hope they will follow in our footsteps.”
Whiteford said there is $420 million in federal dollars available to all states for responding to the mental health crisis.