Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and take other precautions after confirming 15 cases of measles in Michigan this year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services gave an update Friday, saying it's the highest level the state has seen since 1994 when 26 cases were reported.
Earlier this week, the Oakland County Health Division said two Oakland County residents with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials say opioid deaths jumped by about 9 percent last year in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related. There were 1,786 opioid-related deaths in 2016.

The state notes a steady increase in overdose deaths during the last three years.

Opioids include heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. The state now includes opium and unspecified narcotics in its definition.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has submitted a waiver to require people on Healthy Michigan to work for their health insurance benefits. 

Last June, the governor signed a law that required able-bodied people who don’t meet an exemption to work or go to school for 80 hours per month to receive benefits.

But in order to make this change, the federal government has to approve the waiver – and Snyder says he got the paperwork in early. When he signed the law, Snyder said it was necessary to keep Healthy Michigan going.  

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   An audit of Michigan’s Child Protective Services released Thursday found a pattern of failures to follow state requirements.

The audit reviewed CPS investigations between May of 2014 and July of 2016.

The report noted CPS investigators failed to complete criminal history background checks in over 50 percent of the cases, and that at least 257 confirmed perpetrators of child abuse or neglect were not added to a mandatory statewide registry.

Health Impact News

  LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves against the virus. Three residents last week tested positive for seasonal influenza. Doctor Eden Wells, Chief medical examiner for M-D-H-H-S says – quote – “the flu should be taken seriously because it can have serious and even deadly consequences.” An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent getting the flu and its complications.

FOWLERVILLE, MI (AP)--   Health officials say two children are among this year's first detected U.S. cases of a particular influenza virus after being exposed to a sick pig at a fair.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the influenza A (H1N2) variant has been identified as the strain that sickened the attendees of last month's Fowlerville Family Fair. It's similar to the main flu viruses circulating in swine.

The children are recovering and weren't hospitalized. Officials are investigating others who became ill.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak. Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016. Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of Hepatitis A – yet.

Twenty-five county health departments will get $20,000 each to increase vaccination outreach.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   A newspaper investigation has revealed that competency cases for mentally ill defendants move through the Michigan criminal justice system slowly because of a lack of space at a state psychiatric facility. 

A November list provided to MLive from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that there were 110 defendants awaiting mental health treatment.

Many defendants wait an average of three to four months for treatment.

State health department officials say they're working to address the problem.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.

It’s activated two emergency centers. Through the centers, the state will organize a plan to prevent

hepatitis A. It will then guide local public health officials in prevention and investigation of cases.

“This is about public health,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. “This is about our individuals who are out there just living their lives and we need to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPHS-Marquette is compliant with Medicare requirements.

That’s the finding of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, following an unannounced inspection in September. The health survey was conducted after hospital nurses submitted a report on staffing levels entitled “Misplaced Priorities: The Deteriorating Condition of Safe Patient Care at Duke LifePoint Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette” in August.

The DHHS says it found zero deficiencies in its investigation on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.