There are about two and a half million children in Michigan, and health officials say an estimated 285-thousand of them experience a serious emotional disturbance that affects their daily functioning.
Michigan’s prisons are still plagued with food service problems. That’s according to liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan.
There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.
The Snyder administration and publicly funded mental health agencies have been at odds over an overhaul plan. It would allow private insurance companies to manage $2.5 billion in Medicaid funds earmarked for mental health.
“When you hand over publicly funded services to a profit-driven organization, people hurt and people suffer, and taxpayers should be paying attention to this,” said Nicole Lawson is an Oakland County mental health services administrator.
Leo Rohn is a patient who also serves on several mental health advisory boards. He’s concerned that private management of mental health funds will limit access to medications.
“They’re going to have limits on levels and who qualifies and the medications they need to live and function will be taken away from them,” he said. “People’s lives will be destroyed.”
Governor Snyder says the plan’s focus is not on controlling money, but bringing together physical health care and mental health services. He says private insurance companies could help cut management costs.
Before water contamination emergencies hit Flint, Mich. a crisis in Canada became deadly.
A petition campaign will launch soon to put a measure on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Michigan.
The campaign submitted its petition form to state officials for approval. A spring and summer signature-gathering effort would then try to put the question on the 2018 ballot.
Former state lawmaker Jeff Irwin is the campaign’s political director. He says banning marijuana has been a waste of time and money, just like the nation’s experiment with Prohibition in the 1920s.
“We also know that alcohol prohibition was a huge failure. We know that alcohol prohibition fueled crime and violence, just like marijuana prohibition is doing today.”
Irwin says legalization would allow a new business sector, and generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools, roads, and local governments.
Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was in Lansing Friday. Her visit comes on the heels of a controversial health care vote.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for certain lots of Pepsi. State Officials said some plastic bottles of the soft drink have been found to contain small flecks of metal.
A number of Michigan communities, campuses, and utilities have been recognized for their tree care efforts.
Michigan residents are encouraged to take precautions as warmer months approach and tick seasons begins.
Law enforcement and pharmacists are working together to curb methamphetamine production in the state.
It’s called the “Anti-Smurfing Campaign.”
A 400,000 dollar grant was awarded in Grand Traverse County to help promote health and wellness in schools.
The money will fund educational programs about health and nutrition in the Traverse City school system, and in Munson Medical Centers. Continue reading
Two million Medicare users in Michigan could be affected by cuts perhaps sooner than expected.
A little known Independent Payment Advisory Board – or IPAB – was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. It’s formed when Medicare spending hits a level, which is determined by a complicated formula. The group is charged with bringing costs back down. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against an effort in the Legislature to reverse the requirement that parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids meet with a public health expert.
Past and present public policies have a major impact on the disparities in child well-being in Michigan. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.
There’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program.
Parkinson’s disease experts say PD is becoming a greater problem in the United States. They say, the number of Americans with Parkinson’s disease is expected to double over the next decade, in large part because people are living longer.
Michigan’s drug monitoring system has been updated with what state officials call state-of-the-art technology.
Officials say every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexual assaulted. April is national sexual assault prevention month.
Michigan Blood is in need of donations while spring break has many schools and universities closed.
Michigan Blood said people who are universal donors, O-Negative, are especially needed.
O-Negative can be used by hospitals when a blood type is unknown.
Only seven percent of the world is O-Negative.
Michigan Blood has a database to find blood drives in your area.
Hospitals throughout the state will receive funding for emergency pathogen preparedness. Continue reading
Two hospitals in Michigan have been recognized among the top 20 rural community hospitals in the nation. Continue reading
Health professionals are working this week to spread awareness of a genetic disorder that is a leading cause of certain cancers.
Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint. The state House today agreed to spend 100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state.
Less stressed, more alert nurses means better patient care. That was the message of hundreds of nurses who met at the state Capitol today.
A student-run event in Owosso this spring is aimed at improving vehicle safety, particularly for older drivers.