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ACTION: Please Support Key Concepts Contained in the House DHHS Budget language

As you know, this week the House DHHS subcommittees released their FY18 budget recommendations. While the House language calls for 1 statewide behavioral health entity their language does contain many of the 298 workgroup key concepts such as: maintaining a publicly managed system, reinvesting savings into services, on the ground integration, and uniformity.

Please keep in mind this is the first step of the process, and the House language is significantly better than the Senate’s language. We have major concerns with the Senate’s recommendation contained in a new boilerplate section 234, which calls for the privatization of the entire system by transferring the full Medicaid behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability dollars to the private health plans by September 30, 2020.

At the end of the day, it is highly doubtful either version House or Senate will be the final product related to integration. We have a limited window of time to let our voices be heard once again on this very important issue.

REQUEST FOR URGENT ACTION:  We have developed two action plans, THIS ONE IS AIMED AT THE HOUSE applauding many of the key components they included in their language. Timing is critical next week the bill will be in full Approps, then will move to the floor. It is important they hear we support many things included in their 298 language, please contact your House member(s) between now and May 5.

We also need you to ask that the members of your Board of Directors, your staff, and your community partners make those same contacts – SIMPLY FORWARD THEM THE ACTION ALERTS. These contacts are critical, legislators must hear from us in order to counter the efforts by others opposed to the public management of the state’s publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system.

Below are quick talking points:

Please Support Key Concepts Contained in the House DHHS Budget language

  • Ensures that the public policy and management role for Michigan’s publicly sponsored behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system remains public.
  • Ensures that savings that are created by the system are reinvested into the publicly-sponsored system.
  • Fosters clinical and service delivery integration where the consumer/patient is served (on the ground).
  • Fosters uniformity, across the state, in the services and supports available to consumers, families, and communities as well as fosters uniformity, across the state, in contracting, credentialing, and other requirements applied to providers.

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