MPCA Applauds State's Priority to Strenghten, Invest in Michigan's Mental Health System
Friday, January 24, 2014
Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) applauds Governor Rick
Snyder, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Mental
Health and Wellness Commission for making it a top priority to
strengthen and invest in Michigan’s mental health system.
"Michigan’s Health Centers are key providers of mental health services,
so we are pleased that Governor Snyder included in his 2014 State of the
State address a call for improving mental health and wellness in
Michigan. We also appreciate the Mental Health and Wellness Commission’s
tremendous work to develop actionable and measurable recommendations
for supporting the delivery of care and improving the quality of life
for those affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, and
substance abuse disorders,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer,
Michigan Primary Care Association.
The recommendations in the Commission’s report, "Improving the Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination,”
align with MPCA’s work to ensure Michigan residents receive
coordinated, integrated care across all health care delivery settings.
As the statewide association for Michigan’s 39 Health Center
organizations, MPCA continues to support the integration of behavioral
health and primary care services to improve patient outcomes, increase
access to care, and produce costs savings. Michigan Health Centers are
providers of comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care
for more than 600,000 Michiganders at over 230 delivery sites. Health
Centers have been leaders in health care integration efforts across the
state by integrating services within their facilities and partnering
with local Community Mental Health agencies.
The work of Michigan Health Centers and other organizations across
the state in integrating health care services are highlighted in
Michigan’s online Integrated Care Mapping Project.
This map visually depicts where initiatives are taking place, and it
includes details about the integrated care settings and collaborations
that have been formed.
"We are most gratified to see that the report recognizes the fact
that implementation of many of the recommendations will require funding
but that over the long run, there is clear expectation these will
actually save the state money,” said Sibilsky. "MPCA and Michigan Health
Centers look forward to working with Governor Snyder, the State
Legislature, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and other
partners across the state to build a stronger, more efficient, and
highly effective care delivery system through implementation of the
Commission’s recommendations. Improving the health and wellness of the
residents of Michigan is clearly a top priority of the State, and for
this we are extremely grateful.”