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MPCA Applauds State's Priority to Strenghten, Invest in Michigan's Mental Health System

Friday, January 24, 2014  
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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.”

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