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Mental Health

Protecting individuals with SMI from COVID-19: Best practices for community mental health agencies and clinics

For individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI)—a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with or limits major life activities—the COVID-19 pandemic may present a particular threat. To slow the spread of infection among this population, behavioral health providers and community-based health centers, including federally-qualified health centers, may want to communicate with their clients, as well as their clients’ …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Meeting the behavioral health needs of Michigan’s prison population

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, staff members at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) have been conducting rapid response research for Michigan policy leaders who are working proactively to protect vulnerable communities across the state. In this analysis for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we explore best practices for meeting the behavioral health needs of Michigan’s …

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Lack of behavioral health workers in rural america

Recruiting and retaining behavioral health workers in rural America: Our report and action guide

In the U.S., there are not enough behavioral health workers to meet the demand for mental health and substance use services, particularly in rural areas. Over the past year, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has worked closely with the University of Michigan’s Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC) to explore the approaches states have taken to address …

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Cover Michigan Survey: Use of Health Care Benefits in Michigan

Data from the Center for Health and Research Transformation’s (CHRT) 2018 Cover Michigan Survey show health benefits that Michiganders with health insurance coverage have used in the past year (1)Survey participants were asked whether or not they or other family members covered by their plans used each health care benefit in the past 12 months.. Detail on the Cover Michigan …

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Issue Brief: Bipartisan Budget Act adds $3B for substance abuse, mental health, more

The Bipartisan Budget Act was signed into law on February 9, 2018. While the main purpose of the legislation is to temporarily fund the federal government through March 23, 2018, it also includes an agreement to raise the caps on domestic and military spending for the next two years. The legislation includes many health care policies, as well. The major policies …

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The impact of the ACA on community mental health and substance abuse services: Experience in three Great Lakes states

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income childless adults, many of whom receive specialty mental health and substance use services through community mental health systems.  Leading up to the passage of the ACA, community mental health providers and their professional associations were generally supportive of expanding Medicaid under the ACA.  Medicaid covers specialty services …

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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Federally Qualified Health Centers in Michigan

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) form a critical part of the health care safety net, providing essential primary care services to people with limited health care access. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased FQHC funding from 2010 through 2015 and significantly expanded the insured population beginning in 2014. The purpose of this brief is to describe how the overall experience …

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Wellness program participation

Wellness programs have grown increasingly common in recent years. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that 63 percent of organizations that employed and provided insurance for at least three employees offered some form of wellness program. Larger employers were more likely to offer their own wellness program and smaller employers were more likely to offer a program through their employees’ …

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Prevalence, medication, and therapy variations for child Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Michigan

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobiological disorder among children in the U.S. Hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and difficulty staying focused or paying attention are common symptoms of ADHD, and may continue into adulthood. Children with ADHD will often have other co-occurring mental health conditions or learning disabilities and tend to have more school-based and health care needs than children …

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Affordable Care Act trend analysis: Michigan’s safety net providers and clients

Editor’s Note: Counts for FQHC delivery sites in 2013 were updated to reflect the total number of permanent, seasonal, and administrative/service delivery sites in operation. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions—the individual health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion—significantly altered the health care landscape. In Michigan, more than 340,000 Michigan residents selected a marketplace plan by March …

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1. Survey participants were asked whether or not they or other family members covered by their plans used each health care benefit in the past 12 months.