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U.S. Senator Stabenow's Community Mental Health Services Expansion Signed into Law

Tuesday, April 1, 2014  
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On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation to expand access to community mental health services. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), kick starts an eight state, two-year pilot program where states apply to participate in expanding mental health services at the community health level. Depending on the outcomes, the program may be expanded nationwide. With the possibility of bringing in more than $100 million per state, Michigan is expected to apply to become one of the eight pilot programs.

This is one more example of the increased effort to create parity between mental and physical health care services, and local mental health authorities plan to work with Governor Rick Snyder's administration to actively pursue participation in the pilot program. Read more

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