Column: We must create a strategy for better addiction and mental health care

I have introduced a bill to request the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to prepare a six-year comprehensive plan identifying the needs and resource requirements to provide services and support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. We spend billions of taxpayer dollars each year and I believe…

Whiteford’s plan would better connect people in crisis with mental health experts

Solution developed from House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force recommendation State Rep. Mary Whiteford today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee regarding her plan requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to create a hotline telephone referral system connecting those in crisis to a local mental health provider. Under this plan, the experts operating…

Howrylak to insurers: mental health is as important as physical health

State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a measure preventing insurers from discriminating between coverage provided for mental illness and physical illness. His proposal will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same coverage for mental health services as traditional medical care. “There should…

Rep. Marino bill helps fund substance abuse treatment

Legislator wants liquor tax revenues to fund programs The House Health Policy committee approved legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Marino to help local agencies fight substance abuse in Michigan. Marino’s bill would dedicate a portion of the money raised through state liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health agencies. Each local board would provide…

Rep. Webber applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator looks forward to change that will result from the project State Rep. Michael Webber said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled this week and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental…

Rep. Lauwers applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Dan Lauwers, House Majority Leader, said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled Wednesday and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system….

Rep. Rendon: House report a blueprint to improve mental health services in Michigan

State Rep. Daire Rendon, alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues on the House’s mental health task force, today unveiled recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. As a member of the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, Rendon spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan,…

House mental health task force schedules Lansing meeting

State Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, co-chairs of the House’s mental health task force, today announced the panel’s next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 7, at the state Capitol. The bipartisan task force will meet with mental health professionals and advocates throughout the state to gather input and ideas for improving services for Michigan residents….

House mental health task force schedules Lansing meeting

State Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, co-chairs of the House’s mental health task force, today announced the panel’s next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 7, at the state Capitol. The bipartisan task force will meet with mental health professionals and advocates throughout the state to gather input and ideas for improving services for Michigan residents….

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….