And ACMH wants to be sure you have access to timely information about current policy issues and advocacy efforts that may be of interest to you, your family or the families you serve.
So we plan to dedicate our current blog space to share ongoing information about a variety of policy and advocacy issues that may affect children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.
The information posted here will come from a variety of sources including national, state and local community partners and advocacy organizations. ACMH has not extensively reviewed all of the information nor do we advocate for you to take a certain position on any issue. We simply want you to have access to information of interest to you and those that may affect your child or family.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, have an issue you would like to share or if you would like to know how to get involved and share your voice of experience to help shape policy issues and improve supports and services for children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.
Current Children’s Mental Health Policy Issues & Advocacy Efforts:
The months’s ARC update contains information about current house and senate bills regarding the definitions regarding the use of seclusion and restraint; pilot programs to integrate Medicaid behavioral health with managed health care plans; Information about Michigan Department of Health & Human Services revised plan for implementing the Section 298 pilots; and information regarding Lt. Governor Brian Calley’s has announcement about a new report from the Special Education Reform Task Force; Michigan’s Medicaid office’s proposed policy bulletin on provider fitness criteria which would have had a serious impact on consumers’ ability to receive peer counselor and support services; and The Medical Services Administration’s proposed policy creating a new Medicaid Provider Manual chapter for Home and Community Based Services and the final bulletin making updates and revisions to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program.