There's now a new backdrop for Mental Health Awareness Month: the debate over whether to privatize Michigan's $2.4 billion mental health system.
Governor Snyder's 2017 budget calls for turning over state funding and management to Medicaid HMOs. The Michigan Association of Health Plans has been lobbying for the switch. Meanwhile, the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards is digging in to fight it. Robert Sheehan, CEO of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, joined us on Stateside to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, thousands of mental health advocates gathered at the State Capitol for a rally in Lansing today.