Friday, September 30, 2016

Michigan : DHHS wants to hear from you about the services you need and want

This is a flyer from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is asking people with mental illness, emotional disorder, developmental or intellectual disability, or substance use disorder, and their family members, what supports and services they need/want!

This is a follow-up to the Lieutenant Governor’s workgroup on the 298 boilerplate that was in the Governor’s budget recommending privatizing behavioral health services. The boilerplate was changed, but MDHHS needs to write a report to Legislators about suggestions for improving the service system.

To collect information a survey was developed. MDHHS is hosting group meetings to ask people the survey questions. Meetings are scheduled for:

October 4, 2016
From 1-4 pm

October 5, 2016
From 6-9 pm


The Hannah Center
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
(517) 333-2580


For those wanting to comment on a proposal but unable to attend the meeting can access a questionnaire… and then send (email or USPO) the completed questionnaire to:

To obtain the Word version of the survey go to the Affinity Group webpage and scroll down to "Questions for eligible populations and families". You can then fill in the survey answers using the Word document and return it by email or regular mail.


Background information: 

The 298 Initiative

[Section 298 was the notorious proposal inserted into the Governor's 2016 budget bill in March 2016. It had language in it that would have handed over Medicaid funding for behavioral health, including Community Mental Health funding for DD, to Medicaid Health Plans. This change to privatize the funding of services was placed in the budget bill without hearings or input from people affected by the proposal. It was withdrawn and the 298 Initiative was created to make recommendations to the Michigan legislature regarding funding and services for people with DD and other disabilities.]

"The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services in Michigan. This initiative is based upon Section 298 in the Public Act 268 of 2016. Under Section 298, the Michigan Legislature directs the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop a set of recommendations “regarding the most effective financing model and policies for behavioral health services in order to improve the coordination of behavioral and physical health services for individuals with mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders...”
Follow the links on the 298 Website for more information.

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