Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 9 signed Executive Directive 2020-07, directing the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin promulgating rules to establish implicit bias training standards as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for health professionals’ licenses and registrations in Michigan. To comply with the directive’s provision to consult with key stakeholders, LARA launched and recently concluded an Implicit Bias Training Rules Advisory Work Group. The group met for eight weeks, spending over 20 hours discussing examples from other states and offering suggestions and feedback for the rules that will be promulgated in Michigan. The work group and subcommittees included representatives from 86 different organizations, including the MHA and several MHA members.
The MHA supports implicit bias training for all healthcare personnel and is working to ensure equitable access and care is provided to all patients. The final recommendations have been shared with the Bureau of Professional Licensing, which will file a request for rulemaking and begin drafting the rule set. The rule promulgation process can be tracked by subscribing to receive administrative rules email notices. Additional ideas and recommendations should be emailed to the Office of Policy & Legislative Affairs.