Rep. Kesto bill to expand drug court programs for opioid abuse

As the state battles the growing issue of opioid addiction, State Rep. Klint Kesto has submitted legislation to help opioid-dependent individuals under a drug court treatment program. “During the battle to overcome addiction, a medically-prescribed treatment may be among the options used to offset the scourge of opioids on a person’s body,” said Kesto, who…

House task force to visit Oakland County on Aug. 29

A bipartisan state House task force, assigned to explore ways to allow Michigan residents to have happier and independent lives while dealing with mental health challenges, will have a public meeting at the Oakland Community Health Network in Auburn Hills on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The meeting will be 2-4 p.m. at the network’s 2011 Executive…

Rep. Kesto announces state funding for Scarlet’s Park

Budget aids in all-inclusive playground development State Rep. Klint Kesto today said state funding is included in the 2017-18 budget to assist in the development of an all-inclusive playground in Commerce Township. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said the spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year includes a $100,000 appropriation to assist in the creation of…

House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent County

            The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.             The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to…

Rep. Kesto, mental health task force seeks public input

State Rep. Klint Kesto, co-chair of the House C.A.R.E.S. task force, is asking Oakland County residents to submit their thoughts on how to improve Michigan’s mental health services. “This task force is making stops across our state to gain insight from doctors, administrators and public officials on how to upgrade veterans’ care, substance abuse treatment,…

House mental health task force hosts first meeting

The Michigan House of Representatives bipartisan mental health task force kicked off its research by hosting a panel at the Livingston County EMS Center in Howell on Monday, Rep. Klint Kesto announced. The task force seeks to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives….

Rep. Kesto named co-chair of mental health task force

State Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, has been selected to lead Michigan House task force exploring ways to help Michigan residents facing mental health challenges with statewide tours in July and August. Kesto will co-chair the House C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) task force with state Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville. “This…

Michigan House announces bipartisan mental health task force

Panel to examine issues affecting state’s most vulnerable residents  State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Klint Kesto will lead a Michigan House task force to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today. Leonard appointed Vaupel and Kesto to co-chair the…

Rep. Kesto bill to ban child mutilation signed by governor

Legislation by state Rep. Klint Kesto, which permanently revokes a medical professional’s state license if convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder today. The bill is part of a bipartisan eight-bill package that also prohibits the procedure, sets sentencing guidelines, improves educational programs for health and…

Rep. Kesto celebrates successes of Law and Justice Committee

State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, highlighted the strides made by the committee during the first six months of the 2017-18 House session. “The committee has covered a tremendous amount of subject matter relating to our state’s criminal justice system,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “We advanced bills that…

Senate approves Rep. Kesto bill to protect children from mutilation

Medical professionals stand to permanently lose their state license if convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, following the state Senate’s unanimous vote to approve legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. “This procedure has…

Drunk driving bills approved by House committee

The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation by state Reps Patrick Green and. Klint Kesto to keep the state’s benchmark for blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08. “This is about maintaining safety on our roads,” said Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “If we allow the BAC standards to slide back to…