Rep. Vaupel’s plan to improve mental health services approved by Michigan House
RELEASE|December 16, 2020

Legislation marks Vaupel’s final bill passage before end of term

A bill introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee, creating a uniform Community Mental Health Services credentialing process, was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.

Credentialing is the process of obtaining, verifying and assessing the qualifications of a practitioner to provide services for a Community Mental Health organization.

The need for uniform credentialing was recognized by the bi-partisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, which identified it as a way to improve the process for providers and make it easier to accept Medicaid patients. Vaupel, who co-chaired the task force, said his legislation is the first step in overhauling universal credentialing for Medicaid by starting with a smaller subset of mental health services.

“Uniform credentialing is less burdensome on our behavioral health Medicaid providers than

becoming credentialed through each separate health plan in order to provide Medicaid services,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “If a provider receives credentialing for one behavioral Medicaid health plan, they should not have to go through a similar process with additional health plans.”

The legislation marks Vaupel’s last piece of legislation to pass the House, as his final term as state representative comes to a close on Dec. 31.

 “It has been an honor to serve as an advocate for the people of Livingston County and to help improve the outlook of health care, especially mental health care, in the state of Michigan,” Vaupel said. “Mental health remains a top priority for the Michigan Legislature, and I am eager to see further improvements in the coming years.”

The plan, House Bill 5178, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and now moves to the governor for her possible signature.

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