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Michigan House moves along 5 mental health bills

Senate panel OKs language that could push Medicaid mental health funding to health plans

Mental health groups worry about privatization

Health plans, big campaign donors press lawmakers for more control of mental health services

Michigan still fighting about mental health funding

Insurers move to control mental health care “as if they don’t hear the voice of the people”

Statewide Traveling Consumer Art Show 2015-2017

The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) is sponsoring a two-year, statewide traveling art show featuring the work of artists who use CMH services.  The tour has two goals:1) to help de-stigmatize mental illness, intellectual\developmental disabilities and substance use disorders by showcasing the talents of people who use CMH services; and 2) to highlight the recovery potential of the arts.

Since its first appearance at MACMHB’s 2010 Spring Conference, the Traveling Art Show has been making appearances all across the State of Michigan.  The current Traveling Art Show (IV) will make its’ debut at MACMHB’s 2016 Spring Conference, continuing to make appearances statewide until October 2017 when it will make its final appearance at MACMHB’s 2017 Fall Conference.

Below we have featured our local artists submission, to see more of beautiful art traveling with the art show stop into Gratiot CMH during the month of August.



MACMHB Integrated Care Press Release

Mental Health Reform Bill Overwhelmingly Clears House of Representatives Times Article

Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority CEO talks about efforts to overhaul mental health funding. Watkins: “The War Will Rage On” Over Privatizing State Mental Health Services

Take a minute to check out state side interviews with Governor Snider in regards to the privatization of mental health services and other important topics currently in the news.  State Side

“The other shoe dropped this week in Lansing concerning the ongoing battle between Medicaid HMOs and mental health organizations over Michigan’s $2.4 billion Medicaid behavioral health budget: the Michigan Legislature.”  Michigan legislators put halt to controversial plan to reform state’s mental health system

“There was general consensus that everything went well at the first meeting Wednesday of a state-appointed work group tasked with difficult goal of coming up with recommendations to improve Michigan’s behavioral health financing and care delivery system.”  Mental health workgroup makes progress on reforming system

“A 120-plus member work group of mental health officials and advocates, HMO and Michigan state government officials will meet Wednesday to begin discussions on replacing a controversial boilerplate plan that would have turned over $2.4 billion in state Medicaid funding to managed-care organizations as part of the state’s fiscal 2017 budget….” Read more by clicking on the following link. Crain’s Detroit Business

“Are Snyder’s proposed changes to the mental health care system good for Michigan?” Check out the interview by clicking on the following link.  Michigan Radio Section 298




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