Hospital Testimony Provided on Behavioral Health in Michigan

Posted on November 01, 2019

On Oct. 30, the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township), heard testimony on behavioral health and its impact on Michigan patients and hospitals from the MHA and Trinity Health Michigan Region.

Adam Carlson, senior director, government and political affairs, and Laura Appel, chief innovation officer and senior vice president, testify before the House Appropriations Committee. Removing the barriers to providing appropriate care to people with behavioral health needs, including mental illness and substance abuse disorders, is a priority for the MHA and its member hospitals.

The MHA shared data that highlighted the increase in mental health visits to hospitals, the number of those visits that are to emergency departments, and the impact substance abuse has on people in the state.

Shannon Striebich, president of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and interim leader for St. Mary Mercy Livonia testifies before the committee. Trinity Health Michigan Region’s Shannon Striebich, president of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and interim leader for St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Kristyn Spangler, behavioral health program manager at physician group practice Integrated Healthcare Associates, also testified before the committee. Striebich and Spangler shared how Trinity Health Michigan Region’s hospitals and physicians are collaborating with community partners to create alternatives to traditional inpatient psychiatric care by finding and treating mental health concerns before these illnesses reach a level of crisis.

The MHA will continue to partner with lawmakers to improve care availability and appropriateness for behavioral health patients in Michigan. Members with questions may contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.


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Tags: behavioral health, Laura Appel, Adam Carlson, mental illness, substance abuse, Shannon Striebich, Kristyn Spangler

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