executive order http://michiganradio.org en Snyder orders mental health services review http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-orders-mental-health-services-review <p>Governor Rick Snyder has called for a review of how Michigan provides mental health services.</p><p>The governor has signed two executive orders to come up with recommendations.The executive orders create two separate commissions.</p><p>Both of them will be led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>One major goal is to identify gaps that send people to jails and prisons instead of to programs that could treat their illnesses.</p><p>The plans also include teaching police, teachers, and clergy to spot signs of mental illness, earlier intervention for children with mental health issues, and helping more people get into treatment instead of being sent to jail or prison.</p><p>Administration officials say this will be the first thorough review of mental health services in Michigan since the state shut down its psychiatric hospitals in favor of community-based programs in the early 1990’s Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:51:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 11345 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder orders mental health services review Changes to state parole board may save money http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-state-parole-board-may-save-money <p>It is too early to tell if Governor Rick Snyder’s executive order to move the job of paroling prisoners from Governor’s appointees back to the Department of Corrections will save money. The order also reduces the number of Parole Board members from 15 down to 10. All prisoners who want to be released before their sentence is up needs a decision from the parole board.</p><p>The move will save the state some money on some salaries, but the real savings will only happen if the new Board can continue to parole prisoners as fast or even faster than the old board.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Grabowski is with the Michigan State Senate Fiscal Agency.</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Michigan spends a little over $35,000 a year to house your typical inmate. It’s usually less expensive to supervise an individual in the community, whether it’s through traditional parole or whether we use some kind of electronic monitoring like a GPS tether. Those ranges are from maybe, say as little as $2,000 a year, up to around $10,000.</p></blockquote><p>Grabowski also said more details are needed before it's known if the executive order may signal more changes to the Parole Board.<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">It’s quite possible the parole board could change the way it approaches the parole process entirely. So it’s difficult to forecast sort of what the fiscal impact will be until the Governor and Director of the Department of Corrections sort of lay out a process for how the new parole board will operate.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/corrections/Parole_Approval_Rates_190318_7.pdf">Parole approval rates</a> for every class of criminal offender have gone up since 2008. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 01:49:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1212 at http://michiganradio.org Changes to state parole board may save money Snyder signs executive order to reduce state parole board http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-executive-order-reduce-state-parole-board <p>Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> has signed an <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EO-03-2011_344955_7.pdf">executive order to reduce the size of the state parole board</a> by a third.</p><p>It’s not clear how this shakeup will affect the policy set by Governor Jennifer Granholm to parole more inmates as a way to control corrections costs.</p><p>Governor Snyder is reducing the parole board from 15 to 10 members, and placing it under direct control of the Corrections director. He also eliminated the board that advices the governor on clemency decisions.</p><p>His administration say the move will streamline government and save the state about half-a-million dollars.</p><p>The parole board members will have to reapply for their jobs. But Snyder says the parole board was written into state law to be a 10-member board with the Department of Corrections, and so it will return to its original form. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:47:14 +0000 Laura Weber 1196 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder signs executive order to reduce state parole board In first executive order, Snyder splits up the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment http://michiganradio.org/post/first-executive-order-snyder-splits-state-department-natural-resources-and-environment <p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> issued the first executive order of his administration yesterday. The order <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-shuffles-environmental-agencies">splits up oversight</a> of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq">Department of Natural Resources and Environment</a> into two state departments: the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p>The executive order takes effect March 13th. As The Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-snyder-reorganiza,0,6023824.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. John Engler separated the natural resources and environmental quality functions into different agencies in 1995, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm rejoined them in 2009 in a cost-saving move. Snyder now says the job would best be handled by two agencies.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/incoming-director-michigan-dnr-wants-more-hunting-fishing">Rodney Stokes</a> will head the Department of Natural Resources and Dan Wyant will head the Department of Environment Quality.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/michigan-talks/campaign-news/01-04-2011-governor-snyder-signs-first-executive-order-creates-separate">statement released yesterday</a>, the Governor said:</p><blockquote><p>“Michigan is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and we need to be a leader and innovator in protecting these resources. Recreational fishing, hunting and boating activities alone contribute more than $3 billion annually to our economy.&nbsp; Separating the DEQ and DNR means we can better address these key priorities.” Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:12:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 748 at http://michiganradio.org In first executive order, Snyder splits up the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment