Statement on Department of Community Health Budget
Governor Rick Snyder signed the FY 2014 state budget this week, finalizing the budget process for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2013. Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman issued a statement on the Department of Community Health budget:
"In the community health budget, special attention was paid to mental health and behavioral health services and interventions for children, adults, and our veterans.
Additionally, we received a funding increase for lead abatement, a critical need in our communities, and continued support of our local public health services, traumatic brain injury program, infant mortality efforts, nurse family partnership efforts, and our home visiting programs.
"Lastly, the legislature noted the importance of some very timely issues such as the continued expansion of Healthy Kids Dental and our services for individuals and families with autism.
"We have much work ahead of us as we continue to improve the health, wellness, and safety of our residents and we thank Governor Rick Snyder and our legislative partners in recognizing the importance of the work we do. The completion of this budget is another positive step forward in our efforts and look forward to continuing to work with our legislative partners on Medicaid reform and towards building a healthier, stronger Michigan."
Click here to watch a video of Governor Snyder, during which he encourages Michigan residents to talk to their legislators about expanding health care coverage.