State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined her House colleagues Thursday in approving the House budget plan to continue the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and move the state forward to a brighter future.
The House approved supplemental measures for the current fiscal year and a plan for the approaching state budget year that begins Oct. 1.
Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee, said she is most proud of the plan’s significant investment in child mental health, the greatest investment the state has ever made in this category.
“Unprecedented times call for all of us to reflect on what is most important, to make decisions that reflect our values, and ensure that our children are given the brightest future possible,” Whiteford said during her floor speech in support of the plan. “I pray that the impact of these investments makes a lasting impact for generations to come.”
The plan establishes:
- School-based health centers for children who are unable to travel to get the mental and physical health support they need.
- Grants to establish crisis stabilization units (CSUs) and pediatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs) throughout Michigan. Both treatment facilities are more appropriate and better-equipped places to turn for mental health care than a hospital emergency room.
- A competitive grant program for infrastructure investments to improve behavioral health care in emergency departments.
- A grant program to increase the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in hospitals and centers statewide, ensuring more people can receive the help they need quickly.
- A new Hawthorn Center, the state’s only psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents.
The plans advance to the Senate for further consideration.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford (right), of Casco Township, is joined by her guests, Ganges Township firefighters Jason Jager and Angelina Boyles, in the Capitol rotunda today for the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony
“Parents across our communities have contacted me to voice their concerns about the county unilaterally mandating their children to wear masks when they return to school and I share in their concerns.
“As a parent, grandparent and health care worker, I continue to be disappointed by the mandates made by our local health department that undermine parents’ rights to make decisions regarding their own children’s health.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, has introduced a plan to ensure health care providers offer patients an opportunity to avoid being offered, prescribed or administered opioids.