Rep. Whiteford hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Day

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, today hosted a joint meeting with the House Health Policy Committee to increase awareness for human trafficking in Michigan. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form…

Rep. Whiteford will host Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Capitol

Day will conclude with free movie viewing in Grand Rapids State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, will host Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the state capitol Thursday, Jan. 9. “Human trafficking is a serious issue in Michigan,” Whiteford said. “Many people don’t realize what’s happening right…

Rep. Whiteford attends mental health summit in D.C.

State. Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, attended the White House Summit on Transforming Mental Health Treatment to Combat Homelessness, Violence and Substance Abuse on Thursday. Whiteford, who serves as chair of the House Health and Human Services Budget Committee has been committed to improving mental health care in Michigan since taking office in 2015….

Rep. Whiteford announces January office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “The start of a new year is a great opportunity to refocus on tackling important topics,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you will join me next month to share topics and issues that are important to you.” Rep. Whiteford…

House approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan to ensure parolees address mental health needs

Measure would create seamless transition for inmates returning to society State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to ensure people who are treated for mental health and substance abuse disorders in prison continue receiving treatment upon their release was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said about 20 percent…

Whiteford works to restore vetoed funds harming Michigan children

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Health and Human Services Committee, today joined the state House in approving, with overwhelming bipartisan support, a plan to restore funding for vital government programs vetoed by Gov. Whitmer. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the…

Rep. Whiteford hosts over 6,500 in tele-town hall update

State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by 6,594 residents on Tuesday night during her live tele-town hall update on recently passed auto insurance reforms. “The biggest priority for my constituents since I’ve been in office has been meaningful auto insurance reform and this tele-town hall was a great way to reach out and let them…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during upcoming office hours next month. “December is a great time to reflect on the past year and set priorities for the coming one,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you’ll join me next month a nd share what you would like to see on our…

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…