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Public Input Session on Michigan's Behavioral Health System

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is hosting five public forums to receive feedback on the department’s vision for strengthening Michigan’s Medicaid-funded behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities system.

The purpose of the forums is to hear from people and families served by Michigan’s specialty behavioral health system. During the events, MDHHS leadership will provide an overview of the department’s proposal, seek feedback and answer questions from attendees. Information gathered during the forums will help the state design a system that best meets the needs of residents who rely on these critical services.

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon announced in December the department’s vision to strengthen the behavioral health system by preserving a strong safety net and integrating physical and behavioral health payments through Specialty Integrated Plans.

“Our department does not have all the answers. We learn by listening,” Gordon said. “These public forums offer an important opportunity to hear from residents across the state about how we can best design a system that improves health outcomes, supports quality of life and increases access to care for all Michiganders.”

Four forums will be hosted in-person and one will be hosted virtually. One forum will be held within DNMM's 12-county service area:

Saginaw: Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saginaw Valley State University Gilbertson Hall, 7400 Bay Road, Ott Auditorium.

Virtual Forum: Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The link for this event will be shared on in late January.

Click here to register to attend a forum and for more information about the state’s vision.

Individuals are also invited to submit feedback on the state’s vision for behavioral health via email to

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