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In last Friday’s CMH Association Weekly Update, we carried a number of stories underscoring the latest efforts by this association and its allies in its funding advocacy effort. You will note that the themes contained in these efforts echo those that we have discussed in a number of CMH Association venues. Given your leadership role in this association, we wanted to ensure that you had easy access to these resources. To that end, we have provided them below.
Report Cites $150M Gap in Mental Health Funding
Below are excerpts from a recent article in MIRS, one of the two pre-eminent capitol news outlets, underscoring the systemic underfunding of Michigan’s public mental health system.
Report: Michigan Shorts Mental Health Industry by $150 Million Annually
Below is an excerpt from a recent article, in Crain’s Detroit Business, highlighting the gap in funding for Michigan’s public mental health system
Increased homelessness, poverty, incarceration and deaths are predicted in Michigan by a new report that concludes there is a $150 million gap between the cost of health care and the funding provided to the state's $2.8 billion-plus public mental health system.
The study, which was commissioned by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, outlines several major changes in the population served since the current managed health care funding model was established in 1997.
Besides the opioid crisis — which resulted in more than 1,700 deaths in Michigan in 2016 alone and tens of thousands of addictions — the increased rates of incarceration of those with mental health needs and autism have caused many more problems within the system and society, the report says.
"Michiganders do not face the same mental health and substance use disorder needs that they had 20 years ago," Robert Sheehan, the mental health association's CEO, said in a statement. "There are new demands, new crises and new conditions in every community throughout Michigan, which the original financing structure did not account for. ... yet the system is still operating from a decades-old funding structure. This is the reality that the public mental health system in Michigan has faced for decades.
"Without moving toward the ambitious vision outlined by the association and addressing this outdated funding structure, Michiganders will continue to live without the mental health care that they need and expect."
Sheehan outlined five recommendations in the report to address unmet mental health and substance use disorder needs:
The full article can be found at: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/health-care/report-michigan-shorts-mental-health-industry-150-million-annually
CMH Association Develops Focused Graphics Outlining the Causes and Solutions to the Underfunding of Michigan’s Public Mental Health System
Recently, the Community Mental Health Association developed two infographics which depict, with clarity and focus, the components of the problem and solutions to the systemic underfunding of Michigan’s public mental health system. These infographics can be found at:
Chief Executive OfficerCommunity Mental Health Association of Michigan426 South Walnut Street, Lansing MI 48933Phone: (517) 374-6848 Fax: (517) 374-1053cmham.org