• In March, 2017, the Center for Healthcare Research and Innovation, the research arm of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) released a new study underscoring the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s behavioral health system.

    The study, titled Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve: The success of Michigan’s public mental health system in achieving sustainable healthcare cost control, details the savings that have been achieved by the management of the Medicaid mental health benefit, by the state’s public mental healthcare system.  

    The report found that, when compared against Medicaid rate increase in the rest of the country, Michigan’s public mental health system saved over $5 billion dollars since 1998, when this public system became the managed care organization for the state’s Medicaid mental health benefit

    This study can be found at: https://www.macmhb.org/sites/default/files/attachments/files/Bending%20the%20cost%20curve-rev%20%282%29_0.pdf

     

  • A number of the members of the Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA), MARO, and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) – from those who are nearly HCBS ready to those who are starting their HCBS readiness efforts -   have asked for guidance in locating key resources as they work to ensure the readiness of their organizations, consumers, and stakeholders to make the changes required as Michigan implements its Home and Community Based Services HCBS) rules changes.

  • A number of the members of the Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA), MARO, and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) – from those who are nearly HCBS ready to those who are starting their HCBS readiness efforts -   have asked for guidance in locating key resources as they work to ensure the readiness of their organizations, consumers, and stakeholders to make the changes required as Michigan implements its Home and Community Based Services HCBS) rules changes.

  • As the debate, in Congress, continues relative to the structure and financing of the Medicaid program, accurate analyses of the relationship between Medicaid and the nation’s behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services systems are in short supply. In an effort to close that information gap, the Kaiser Family Foundation has recently published a concise info-graphic outlining the role that Medicaid plays in supporting the country’s mental health services system.  This info-graphic can be found at:  https://www.macmhb.org/sites/default/files/attachments/files/KFF%20Infographic-Medicaids-Role-in-Behavioral-Health.pdf

  • While President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP majority failed to muster a vote on the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, supporters have won a battle. But the war rages on.
     
    Trump now has an opportunity to exercise a presidential moment to work with Democrats and Republicans to repair the law in ways that help the American people and can win bipartisan support. Our government can positively or negatively affect millions of lives.
     
    Let us consider what’s at stake if cuts are made to Medicaid and Obamacare in Michigan, and more specifically in the tri-county region of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.
    Nearly 300,000 Healthy Michigan/Affordable Care Act enrollees (182,000 in Wayne, 55,000 in Oakland, and 44,000 in Macomb) in the metro region will lose access to health care by the year 2020 under the Republican plan.
     
  • In March, 2017, the Center for Healthcare Research and Innovation, the research arm of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) released a new study underscoring the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s behavioral health system.

    The study, titled Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve: The success of Michigan’s public mental health system in achieving sustainable healthcare cost control, details the savings that have been achieved by the management of the Medicaid mental health benefit, by the state’s public mental healthcare system.  

    The report found that, when compared against Medicaid rate increase in the rest of the country, Michigan’s public mental health system saved over $5 billion dollars since 1998, when this public system became the managed care organization for the state’s Medicaid mental health benefit

    This study can be found at: https://www.macmhb.org/sites/default/files/attachments/files/Bending%20the%20cost%20curve-rev%20%282%29_0.pdf

     

  • A number of the members of the Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA), MARO, and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) – from those who are nearly HCBS ready to those who are starting their HCBS readiness efforts -   have asked for guidance in locating key resources as they work to ensure the readiness of their organizations, consumers, and stakeholders to make the changes required as Michigan implements its Home and Community Based Services HCBS) rules changes.

  • A number of the members of the Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA), MARO, and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) – from those who are nearly HCBS ready to those who are starting their HCBS readiness efforts -   have asked for guidance in locating key resources as they work to ensure the readiness of their organizations, consumers, and stakeholders to make the changes required as Michigan implements its Home and Community Based Services HCBS) rules changes.

  • As the debate, in Congress, continues relative to the structure and financing of the Medicaid program, accurate analyses of the relationship between Medicaid and the nation’s behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services systems are in short supply. In an effort to close that information gap, the Kaiser Family Foundation has recently published a concise info-graphic outlining the role that Medicaid plays in supporting the country’s mental health services system.  This info-graphic can be found at:  https://www.macmhb.org/sites/default/files/attachments/files/KFF%20Infographic-Medicaids-Role-in-Behavioral-Health.pdf

  • While President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP majority failed to muster a vote on the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, supporters have won a battle. But the war rages on.
     
    Trump now has an opportunity to exercise a presidential moment to work with Democrats and Republicans to repair the law in ways that help the American people and can win bipartisan support. Our government can positively or negatively affect millions of lives.
     
    Let us consider what’s at stake if cuts are made to Medicaid and Obamacare in Michigan, and more specifically in the tri-county region of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.
    Nearly 300,000 Healthy Michigan/Affordable Care Act enrollees (182,000 in Wayne, 55,000 in Oakland, and 44,000 in Macomb) in the metro region will lose access to health care by the year 2020 under the Republican plan.
     
  • On February 14, 2017, a webinar was held by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.  Presenters included Dr. Debra Pinals, Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensics Programs, MDHHS; Nancy McDonald, Program Manager for Emergency Services and Corrections, Kalamazoo CMH & SAS, and; Judge Milton Mack, State Court Administrator, Wayne County Probate Court. Click  the link below to view the slides from that presentation.  The recorded webinar will be available in the near future.

    http://tinyurl.com/zgm2dd3

  • Michigan Association of  Community Mental Health will be reviewing a range of media, governmental, and industry sources to track developments in Washington, DC related to changes to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid and making resources from some of the best of them available to MACMHB members and partners. Those resources can be found at the link below:

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