Michigan to begin changing how it funds mental health, addiction services

“In our country, we haven’t been funding mental health and addiction treatment as healthcare,” Stabenow said. They are required to provide a comprehensive set of behavioral health services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veteran groups. The 13 clinics that will qualify for the new funding reimbursement include:Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph CountyCommunity Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham CountiesCommunity Network Services (Oakland County)Easterseals (Oakland County)HealthWest (Muskegon County)Integrated Services of KalamazooMacomb County Community Mental HealthSaginaw County Community Mental Health AuthoritySt. Clair County Community Mental Health AuthorityThe Guidance Center (Wayne County)The Right Door (Ionia County)Washtenaw County Community Mental HealthWest Michigan Community Mental Health (Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties)Michigan isn’t the first state to recognize certified community behavioral health clinics. The lieutenant governor noted historical disparities in who could afford and/or access mental health services, as well as the associated stigmas. “The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent and continuing need to fund comprehensive community mental health and addiction services,” Stabenow said.