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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Michigan

Media reports indicate that Rep. Fred Upton has offered an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which may generate enough votes to win its passage in the House of Representatives.

With its cuts to Medicaid and reductions in current insurance protections, the AHCA will continue to have a significant negative impact on people with disabilities in Michigan despite the amendment. For details, see the Michigan fact sheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - click here.

MPAS Board of Directors Meeting

The governing board for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is comprised of individuals who are diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, geographical location, gender and disability. A majority of the governing board members must be individuals with disabilities or have an immediate family member with a disability. The board oversees and approves budgetary, priority, and policy issues and generally meets four times a year.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on May 17, 2017.

People with disabilities deserve better from the state of Michigan

The Times Herald
Elmer L. Cerano April 28, 2017

Last week, the Michigan Legislature put forward two competing visions of how to best spend billions in Medicaid funds in the state budget.

These funds are used to serve adults who have a developmental or intellectual disability, a mental illness, or a substance use disorder. They also go to aid children with serious emotional disturbances or mental illnesses.

This debate is not simply an important discussion. It will frame life and death decisions for thousands of Michigan residents.

Integration of behavioral, physical health systems moves forward

April 23, 2017

Integration of behavioral, physical health systems moves forward

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Photo by Lindsay VanHulle/Crain's Detroit Business

Michigan lawmakers made it clear last week that they are aiming to go against recommendations from a statewide mental health panel and give HMOs at least a piece of Michigan's $2.6 billion Medicaid mental health budget.

Advocacy group seeks injunction against nursing home in death investigation

By Dominic Adams | dadams5@mlive.com
April 11, 2017
Photo courtesy of MLive.com

GRAND BLANC, MI -- Attorneys for a state-appointed group assigned to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect against people with disabilities are seeking a permanent injunction against a Grand Blanc nursing home that would force the facility to hand over records.

Substantiated Abuse and Neglect Complaints in Michigan Care Facilities

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) files complaints against licensed or certified health care professionals involved in abusive and neglectful incidents in nursing homes and other care facilities. MPAS files complaints against individual licenses after the state substantiates abuse or neglect in a facility where those professionals provide patient care or supervise care providers.

While these investigations are lengthy and cumbersome, the results of this advocacy are impactful in reducing the rates of abuse and neglect in Michigan.

MPAS Files Motion for Permanent Injunction: Medilodge, Grand Blanc

MPAS has filed a motion for permanent injunction againt Medilodge of Grand Blanc.

To read the entire motion, click here.

 

Speakers discuss juvenile-crime fallacies

Speakers discuss juvenile-crime fallacies

Records not wiped clean when juveniles become adults, experts say

March 27, 2017
By LOUISE WREGE - HP Staff Writer 
Photo courtesy of The Herald Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — When juveniles become adults, their criminal records are wiped clean, right?

Not in Michigan, where teens automatically are charged as adults at 17.

State Board of Education Approves New Policy to Limit Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

The State Board of Education unanimously approved changes to Michigan's policy on restraint and seclusion in schools at its March 14 meeting. The new policy implements the language in recently-enacted Michigan law that places significant limits on the use of these dangerous practices.

"We are pleased with the Board's action," said Mark McWilliams, MPAS Director of Public Policy and Media Relations. "The new policy is another step in making the protections in state law - protections that have been endorsed by parents, advocates, and educators - a reality in Michigan schools."

State says Grand Blanc nursing home not providing proper care

By Dominic Adams | dadams5@mlive.com
March 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Photo courtesy of MLive.com

GRAND BLANC, MI -- A Genesee County nursing home that is the subject of a federal lawsuit involving a resident's death is accused of providing inadequate care, according to a state report.

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