Thursday, September 22, 2016

Metro Detroit Town Hall meetings on Mental Health Funding and Services

From the the Detroit Free Press, 9/22/16:

“A series of town hall meetings about mental health funding and services in Michigan is kicking off Thursday, with the first of three meetings in metro Detroit to be held in Oakland County.

"Each event is to have a panel of state legislators from their respective counties to hear from advocates, community mental health leaders and citizens concerned about mental health reform. Other town halls are scheduled for venues in Macomb and Wayne counties.

"Specifically, organizers hope to have people express their concerns about properly funding more and better mental health services to their policymakers and to oppose efforts in Lansing to shift Medicaid funding for mental health services to private HMOs."

Earlier this year the Governor proposed in his budget bill to drastically change the way Mental Health services are funded and delivered in Michigan. The proposal would have allowed for the privatizing of Medicaid spending on Mental Health, handing funding over to private Medicaid Health Plans.  This created an uproar that was enough to have the Governor withdraw his proposals for this year, but it could come up again in January, after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services delivers a report on reform proposals to the legislature.

The first town hall is tonight (Thursday, 9/22/16) at 7 p.m. in the Beaumont Hospital Administration Auditorium, 3601 Thirteen Mile in Royal Oak. Two more Town Halls are set for or 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield in Clinton Township and 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Road in Taylor.

Comments are limited to five minutes. These events are sponsored by organizations listed on the flyer. Send written comments to . Call 248-203-1998 for more information.

See the Flyer for these events

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