MHA says their priorities are included in Legislature’s health funding bills

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association have voiced support for House Bill 4420, based on the bill’s inclusion of two of their priorities for the 2021 session.


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The legislation, which was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee last week, appropriates $100 million to create a grant program aimed at increasing the number of long-term pediatric psychiatric inpatient hospitals or centers. Another $15 million would also be appropriated  to create a grant program for infrastructure investments to improve behavioral healthcare provided through hospital emergency departments.

Marita Hattem-Schiffman, central region president for the MidMichigan Health System, voiced her support for the appropriations at a recent committee hearing.

“[The investment] in behavioral health with COVID-19 recovery funds — $100 million for pediatric behavioral health and $15 million to improve behavioral health treatment in Emergency Departments — is an excellent start toward creating the sustainable services these vulnerable patients need and deserve.”

With budget negotiations ongoing, the bill is expected to be brought before the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

MHA has also voiced support for a Senate Appropriations bill that will includes $160 million in COVID-19 relief funding for hospitals. That bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.