MDHHS submits final 298 report to the legislature

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the final report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan legislature. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The initiative is based upon Section 298 of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations act, which directed MDHHS to develop a report with recommendations to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The final report chronicles the history of the statewide discussion and summarizes feedback and input from consumers, providers, payers, and advocates on this issue.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the 298 Workgroup for their commitment and shared belief that we can do more to improve the integration of behavioral and physical health services,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We look forward to continued dialogue with our partners and supporting the legislature as they review the recommendations.”

Derek Clark to provide opening keynote for June 21-22, 2017 Michigan Teen Conference • Sponsorships available

Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child, he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age 5. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled. Eventually, with the help of foster parents, a fantastic social worker and mentors, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows first-hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.

Derek is an inspiring motivational speaker/trainer and the author of six books, including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.

May 19: Self-care: FREE 6th Annual Foster-Adoptive Conference at Ferris State University • Register now!

Event Date: 
05/19/2017 - 8:30am to 3:45pm

Attention private agencies: The Lake-Mecosta-Missaukee-Newaygo-Osceola-Wexford area (LMNOW Coalition—comprising Eagle Village, Holy Cross Children’s Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, Bethany Christian Services, PARC & DHHS) will host a FREE 6-hour training experience at Ferris State University on Friday, May 19.

The theme is "self-care."

Nominations Sought for 2017 Governor’s Service Awards

CONTACT: Jason Alexander, 517-335-2407 or

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Community Service Commission is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards.

The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This marks the 25th year of the awards, which will be presented at an August 21 celebration in Detroit organized by the Michigan Community Service Commission.

The 2017 Governor’s Service Awards Nomination is an online application available at Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 20.

“The comeback of Michigan isn’t because of one person, it’s the fact that we work together,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Many Michiganders give their time to volunteer and put their heart and soul into doing something special for someone else, and that deserves recognition. Please help me honor these wonderful individuals, organizations and businesses by nominating them for a Governor’s Service Award.”

In 2017, awards will be presented in 11 categories which reflect the diverse nature of volunteers throughout the state. The categories are:

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