Rep. Green kicks off bipartisan Caro4Michigan Rally at Capitol

State Rep. Phil Green today kicked off a rally on the Capitol steps in Lansing to support Tuscola County’s Caro Center and urge the executive administration to build a new facility on its grounds, a promise made to the community two years ago. In his opening statement, Green reinforced the desperate need Michigan has for…

Whiteford testifies in support of mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford testified before the House Health Policy Committee Thursday on her plan to establish a hotline that would connect individuals experiencing mental health crisis with the support they need. Whiteford said she was inspired by the many individuals she heard from during last year’s statewide House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force tour and by…

Rep. Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee

Legislator names mental health, opioids, rising costs as top priorities State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, has been appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Health Policy Committee for a second time. Vaupel, who is now in his third and final term as state representative, previously held the position…

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…

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….

Rep. Rendon named to bipartisan mental health task force

Panel to examine issues affecting state’s most vulnerable residents  State Rep. Daire Rendon will serve on 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 yesterday. Leonard appointed Rendon, R-Lake City, to serve on the House…

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…