mental health

Staying Healthy

Jun 5, 2020

We talk with professionals in both mental and physical health on keeping your mind, body and spirit in line during the coronavirus.

LANSING, MI--   Getting crisis mental health support is now as simple as sending a text to a new service being launched today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as part of its Stay Home, Stay Well initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor.

An initiative designed to increase access to Mental Health services in the Michigan rural areas takes root this summer, involving the state and four medical schools.  The program provides the funding to expand residency positions where half of the experience will occur in a rural site.  We'll talk about the need, origins, focus, and U-P operations.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Community mental health groups fear that their funding and management could be transferred to private insurers.
    The state House and Senate subcommittees on Health and Human Services passed their budget plans for the department this past week. Mental health groups say the Senate subcommittee's plan intends to privatize by 2020. Similarly, Gov. Rick Snyder last year called for moving the $2.5 billion of community mental health money and management to private insurers. The House's proposal did not call for moving the money or management to private insurers.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation he says provides people facing mental health issues with access to intervention and treatment earlier. 

The bill enacted Wednesday updates "Kevin's Law," a series of underutilized laws passed in 2004 that authorized courts and community mental health agencies to use assistant outpatient treatment programs instead of hospitalization for people who don't comply with prescribed treatment.

DALLAS, TX (AP)--   Mental health advocates say a series of deadly encounters between police and the mentally ill show more must be done to offer care that prevents explosive moments of crisis. 

The National Sheriffs' Association says at least half the people shot and killed by police each year have a mental health disorder.

The problem has been highlighted in recent confrontations, including two police shootings in Dallas and another in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that triggered large demonstrations.