State House Committee Supports MHA Behavioral Health Proposal, Releases FY 22 HHS Budget

Posted on April 21, 2021

The Michigan House Appropriations committee released April 21 a spending proposal for the remaining $3.2 billion in federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations that were signed into law in Dec. The MHA is pleased that the spending proposal includes the MHA’s proposal to improve the delivery of behavioral health services in Michigan. Specifically, it includes $100 million to create a competitive grant program to increase the number of long-term pediatric psychiatric inpatient hospital beds and $15 million for infrastructure investments to improve behavioral health care provided through hospital emergency departments. The legislation is likely to be brought up for a vote next week in the committee and the MHA will continue to advocate for this crucial funding.

The Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (HHS) also approved their recommendations for the fiscal year 2022 budget that begins Oct. 1. The MHA is pleased that the subcommittee recommendation protects key hospital priorities including graduate medical education, disproportionate share hospital funding, rural and obstetrics stabilization pools, critical access hospital funding and Medicaid rate increases. The bill includes new provisions that would streamline the prior authorization process for Medicaid Managed Care and reduce the timeframes for prior authorization approvals. 

In addition, language was added that would prohibit the use of any HHS funds for vaccinations under a mandatory vaccination program. The MHA is concerned that this provision could hinder state vaccination efforts and will work closely with legislators to address potential issues. Members with any questions can contact Adam Carlson.


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Tags: behavioral health, Adam Carlson, Coronavirus, Michigan House Appropriations

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