Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan has received more than $5.5 million in federal money to help strengthen its health emergency preparedness efforts. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the funding Thursday to support the state's Special Pathogen Response Network.

The network was established in 2014 to strengthen Michigan's emergency response to any new or emerging threat to public health, such as the Ebola virus. The network includes hospitals, local health departments and regional health care coalitions.

Task force shares report on preventing child sexual abuse

Jun 19, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A task force organized under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has made recommendations to protect children from sexual abuse. 

A report was sent Wednesday to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon says he looks forward to working with Snyder to review the recommendations and take action.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder will decide whether to sign a bill tying welfare payments to school attendance. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) already cuts off payments to families with kids who miss a lot of school. The state House has sent the governor a bill that would cement that policy in state law.

“This is a great incentive for parents,” said state Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville), who sponsored House Bill 4041.

“And you have to have parental involvement to have a great education.”

Felonies cannot nix public benefits

Apr 30, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state is taking steps to offer food aid and other public benefits to people who were cut off because they had warrants for felony crimes. 

Federal Judge Judith Levy says people can't be cut off unless they're intentionally fleeing and are being actively sought by police. In January, she said the Department of Health and Human Services had violated federal law by denying benefits.

Two state agencies merge

Apr 15, 2015
David Eggert / Associated Press

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says combining two of Michigan's largest agencies will help focus on improving outcomes for recipients of government assistance. 

Tuesday marked the second business day of the new state Department of Health and Human Services. It's a combination of the former Human Services and Community Health departments.

Snyder says he wants to treat those is need as "people, not programs." He says people often need help from multiple public programs, and he wants to work with the federal government for approval to better coordinate services.