Michigan's Mental Health & Wellness Commission Releases Recommendations in Comprehensive Report
Friday, January 24, 2014
After a year of holding public hearings in communities across the state and working with mental health professionals, the Mental Health and Wellness Commission presented its report this week before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Health Policy Committees. "Improving the Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination"
includes specific actionable and measurable recommendations for
strengthening Michigan's mental health system, supporting the delivery
of services, and improving the quality of life for Michiganders affected
by mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use
All of the report's nearly 60 recommendations were
unanimously agreed to by the 6-member bipartisan committee made up of
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley (chair), MDCH Director James Haveman
(vice-chair), Representatives Matt Lori (R-Constantine) and Phil
Cavanagh (D-Redford Township), and Senators Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)
and Bruce Caswell (R-Hillsdale).
Categories of recommendations include
assessment, treatment, and care coordination; physical and behavioral
service delivery and coordination; needs of children; recipient rights
and perceptions; education; employment; housing; residential care;
veterans; and safety.
Of particular interest to Michigan Health Centers
and MPCA members are recommendations related to common assessment,
credentialing of providers, implementation of Health Homes, and
expansion of Child and Adolescent Centers.
MPCA appreciates the
Commission's tremendous work in developing the recommendations, which
align with our work to ensure Michigan residents have coordinated,
integrated care across all health care delivery settings. Click here
to read MPCA's response to the report. Another joint hearing of the
House and Senate Health Policy Committees is scheduled for February 4.