Behavioral Health

Not All Wounds are Visible

On behalf of members, the MHA convenes a Behavioral Health Integration Council a minimum of four times per program year. Council members inform the policy and advocacy efforts that the MHA takes related to behavioral health issues in Michigan.

Inpatient Behavioral Health Grant

A request for proposal (RFP) is available for a $50 million competitive grant program for Michigan healthcare entities to expand access to pediatric inpatient behavioral health services. The funding was appropriated by the Michigan Legislature as part of the state fiscal year 2023 state budget with the goal to increase the number of beds available to care for pediatric psychiatric patients requiring inpatient hospitalization.

The grant program will issue funds to entities across the state of Michigan for either the expansion of existing programs or development of new ones. Every effort will be made to award grant dollars to organizations in a geographically diverse manner to ensure equitable access to pediatric inpatient behavioral health services.

The following materials and templates are available for members interested in applying for grant funding:

The MHA will accept online applications on a rolling, quarterly basis until funds are exhausted. The first round of applications is due to the MHA by 11:59 p.m. on June 1. All applications will be blindly reviewed and scored to determine funding allocations. Each organization is eligible to apply for up to $25 million. No emailed or hard copy applications will be accepted.

The MHA will also host a webinar from 11 a.m to noon on April 11 to discuss the grant application in further detail and answer questions about the process.

Members with questions may contact Kelsey Ostergren at the MHA.

Behavioral Health Legislation

The MHA is currently involved in advocacy efforts around a variety of bills specific to behavioral health.

  • SB 597 – Human services: medical services; specialty integrated plan; provide for in behavioral health services. Amends secs. 105d & 109f of 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.105d & 400.109f).
  • SB 598 – Mental health: code; updates regarding the transition from specialty prepaid inpatient health plans to specialty integration plans; provide for.
  • SB 191 – Mental health: code; definition of mental health professional; expand to include physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists-certified, and allow them to perform certain examinations.
  • SB 714 – Appropriations: supplemental; multidepartment supplemental for behavioral health changes; provide for. Creates appropriation act.