State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to ensure every Michigan resident has access to the mental health care they need is now law.
The plan ensures the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MiCAL) is better equipped to connect an individual dealing with a mental health crisis with the necessary services by providing them with the most up-to-date information available.
MiCAL currently does not have the needed access to information regarding mental health registries and inpatient beds availability. Whiteford’s bills address that issue.
“I am honored to have these bills signed into law today that ensure that Michigan residents in need of access to behavioral health support are truly connected to the right service at the right time,” said Whiteford, a Registered Nurse who chairs the House Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee. “Access to care is a critical step in improving our state’s mental health care system. These bills connect the inpatient psychiatric bed database and substance use disorder services to the newly established MiCAL.”
Whiteford, of Casco Township, has been working on establishing and funding MiCAL for years. The line went live in Oakland County and the Upper Peninsula in April and will expand throughout the state in 2022.
Whiteford continues to work diligently toward improving Michigan’s mental health care system in all aspects.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee in support of her plan to ensure health care providers offer patients an opportunity to avoid being offered, prescribed or administered opioids.
Federal agents recently brought down Quiyemabi Summerlin, a major sex offender and sex trafficker in Detroit who forced dozens of women to engage in commercial sex acts. The stories of these victims are heartbreaking. The sad reality is that across our state, from small towns to big cities, there are countless victims suffering through the coercion and abuse within this heinous industry.