MDHHS Outlines New Approach to Behavioral Health Services

Posted on December 06, 2019

On Dec. 4, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon announced the department’s new approach for strengthening Michigan’s behavioral health system. Presenting to a joint committee meeting of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services, Gordon explained the department’s vision for coordinated care between physical and behavioral health services, with the goals of broadening access to quality care, improving coordination and cutting red tape, and increasing behavioral health investment and financial stability. The department plans to do this by strengthening the public safety net, bringing together physical and behavioral care and payments, and creating new plans that specialize in treating individuals with significant behavioral health needs or “specialty integrated plans.” The state released a fact sheet and frequently asked questions to help the public better understand the changes.

The MDHHS will conduct four public forums to solicit feedback from patients and their families, which will be scheduled in January 2020 as policy design and planning move forward. Department representatives are already meeting with the House and Senate members and will hold small group discussions with healthcare stakeholders. The timeline for full implementation is 2022. Members with questions should contact Laura Appel at the MHA. 

Tags: behavioral health, MDHHS, Laura Appel

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