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…

House passes Marino legislation funding substance abuse treatment

Legislator: Liquor tax revenues will help fund local programs The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Marino to help local agencies fight substance abuse in the state. Marino’s bill would dedicate 50 percent of future revenues raised through state liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health (CMH) agencies. Each…

Canfield: DHHS budget clears appropriations subcommittee

Funding increases for opioid research, physician access State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, has announced the committee has finalized its budget recommendations. Canfield said he’s especially pleased that the agreed upon budget proposal includes increased funding to enhance opioid testing. With Michigan’s steadily increasing…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s legislation to create bill of rights for foster children

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children entitled The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsored House Bill 4977 that outlines a foster child’s right to access the court system, including regular contact with their caseworkers, attorneys…