Michigan chosen for pilot program that funds health services
LANSING, August 10, 2020 (AP): Michigan will be part of a
federal project that funds mental health and addiction services
at community health clinics.
The Certified Community Behavioral Health Center pilot
program was created through a law that Michigan Democratic Sen.
Debbie Stabenow and Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt partnered
up to promote in 2014, The Detroit News reported.
Eight states, including Oklahoma and Oregon, were selected for
the first round of the program in 2016. Now, as part of an
expansion under the federal coronavirus relief or CARES Act,
Michigan and Kentucky will be in the project.
Twelve centers will participate in the program and receive
funding through Medicaid, Stabenow said. Medicaid is a
federal-state health care insurance program that helps pay for
health care for low-income people of any age.
Stabenow said community facilities should not be funded through
grants that ``start and stop.''
would never say to someone who needed heart surgery, `We'd love
to help you, but the grant ran out.' And that's what happens to
someone with a mental illness or substance abuse every day,''
Stabenow said in an interview.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that
the first eight states in project found a 60% reduction in
number of people taken to jails and a 40% reduction in
homelessness, Stabenow said.
Robert Sheehan, CEO of the Community Mental Health Association
of Michigan, said the timing of the program's expansion is
perfect because of the increase of depression and anxiety caused
by the pandemic.
won't happen tomorrow,`` Sheehan said. ``It will take months for
Michigan to get fully engaged, but at least it raises the floor
for really sound services for Michigan.''