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Community Mental Health (CMH) is a public provider of services for people with developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. Our programs and activities are governed by a Board of Directors.Our services are available to residents of Ottawa County who have Medicaid or are uninsured, and who are eligible for services as defined by the Michigan Mental Health Code. We are CARF accredited for 12 programs.
Your Advocacy Help is Needed: Talking Points Regarding CMH Funding
Right now in Lansing the Senate and House are working on their FY 18 budget proposals. Included in these proposals is language that would transfer funding for Medicaid mental health services from the current Community Mental Health system to the Medicaid Health Plans. Community Mental Health of Ottawa County is strongly opposed to this.
This idea was first introduced last year in Governor Snyder’s budget proposal. Due to significant public outcry, a workgroup was established by Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Nick Lyon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services to explore ways to best integrate physical and behavioral health care in our state. The “298 Workgroup” process and report was fair and objective, ultimately proposing a series of recommendations that included steps to improve the coordination but not the elimination of a publicly funded physical health and behavioral health system. CMHOC is supportive of the recommendations made by the 298 Workgroup and urge our legislators to adhere to the principles outlined in the report.
When you speak to your legislators, please let them know the following:
- You oppose efforts to privatize the community mental health system.
- Any system change should ensure that the public policy and management role for Michigan’s publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system remains public.
- Savings that are created by the system are reinvested into the publicly-sponsored system.
- Clinical and service delivery integration should occur where the consumer/patient is served (on the ground).