Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a case of bubonic plague in a Michigan resident who recently returned from Colorado.

The Marquette County resident is recovering after receiving treatment, and officials say there’s no danger of human-to-human transmission.

While it’s Michigan’s first plague diagnosis, it’s the 14th case reported nationally. Four people have died of the disease. 

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A judge is taking the remarkable step of ordering a state official to court to explain why Michigan has been cutting off public aid to some people accused of crimes. 

Federal Judge Judith Levy ordered the state in January to stop the practice. But the Department of Health and Human Services says computer difficulties and human error have led to more people being disqualified.

Department director Nick Lyon must report to Levy's Ann Arbor court Friday. He's at risk for being found in contempt.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state has approved Michigan Energy Assistance Program grants totaling $89.5 million for 13 organizations to help low-income residents.  

The Michigan Agency for Energy, working with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says Wednesday the funding is for the fiscal year that starts in October.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website to provide information about services available to aging residents in Michigan.

The department's Aging & Adult Services Agency developed the website with help from the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. It went live on Monday.

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  MARQUETTE, MI - A Marquette County Probate Judge has secured a grant to provide in-home family services to improve juvenile probation services in the county.

The Honorable Cheryl Hill on Wednesday announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services grant of just under $253,700.

The funds will be used to offer programming to help maintain at-risk youth who have been petitioned into Juvenile Court for delinquency offenses in their own homes. The grant runs for two years through July 31st of 2017.

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
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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.

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