Recently, Governor Snyder announced the FY 2017 budget proposal, which includes Section 298 boilerplate language that will put an end to the behavioral "carve out" of the public mental health system in Michigan. Medicaid funding for CMH behavioral health programming and services will be transferred to the Medicaid Health Plans. Specifically the budget language says “ The department shall transfer the service funds appropriated in Part 1 currently provided to the PIHPs through Medicaid mental health services, Medicaid Substance Use Disorder services, Healthy Michigan plan-behavioral health and Autism services lines to the Health plan services line by Sept. 20th, 2017.” Section 298 also stipulates it will engage external stakeholders in the development of this plan and require the health plans to contract with the CMHSP’s.
In response to feedback about the budget, Lt. Governor Calley has convened a workgroup comprised of stakeholders to evaluate this proposal and plan for the future of behavioral health care in Michigan. While this workgroup is a step in the right direction, we need to continue to advocate for the budget language as written to be changed.
Contact your legislators and tell them to remove Section 298 from the budget.