State considering who should control $2 billion for mental health programs

Nov 27, 2016

We may soon see a draft proposal for how Michigan will handle more than two billion dollars in Medicaid funding earmarked for mental health.

The Snyder administration caused an uproar earlier this year when it backed a plan to further privatize the public nonprofit mental health system by turning over $2.4 billion in state funding to Medicaid HMOs.

Mental Health groups said this would put control of the money into the hands of out-of-state, for-profit insurance companies.

The legislature directed the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to study the issue and recommend how it could be resolved to improve coordination of services to patients.

A draft report should be ready for the public by “early December”. 

The final report is to be delivered to the legislature by mid-January.