The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing several updates on the Section 298 Initiative today. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services in Michigan. This initiative is based upon Section 298 in the Public Act 268 of 2016. The Michigan legislature approved a revised version of Section 298 as part of Public Act 107 of 2017. Under the revised Section 298, the Michigan legislature directed the department to develop and implement up to three pilots and one demonstration model to test the integration of physical health and behavioral health services.
The department is announcing today that the University of Michigan as the project evaluator for the Section 298 Initiative. The evaluation team will assist the department with developing performance metrics and an evaluation plan and conducting the evaluation of the pilot(s) and demonstration model.
The department is also announcing the next steps for the Section 298 Initiative today. The next phase of the Section 298 Initiative will consist of four components, which are outlined below.
· Developing the pilots
· Developing the demonstration model
· Developing an evaluation plan
· Analyzing the policy recommendations from the final workgroup report
For more information about the project evaluator and next steps for the Section 298 Initiative, please visit the project webpage at www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298. The department will continue to provide updates as the initiative progresses. If you have specific questions about the initiative, please send an email to MDHHSfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Section 298 Team
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services