May 4: Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, MDHHS Director Nick Lyon, youth, parents and others who are coming together to raise awareness, reduce stigma and build partnerships around children’s mental health.

Michigan Capitol Rotunda
100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing
May 4
11 a.m. – Noon

Did you know?
One in five children suffer from a mental health challenge. Yet less than 20 percent of those affected get the supports and services they need

Over 50 percent of students aged 14 or older with severe mental health challenges drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

Mental health challenges get better with care that is individualized, family driven, youth guided, trauma-informed, coordinated and comprehensive.

Event Date: 
05/04/2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 

What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now? Yesterday The Michigan League for Public Policy released the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to find out.

The book examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2008/2009, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom half of states in the national KIDS COUNT rankings and there are significant disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, place and income.

Child poverty continues to be a major problem facing Michigan kids. More than 1 in 5 (22%) Michigan children lived in poverty in 2015, a 15% rate increase since 2008. Poverty rates are significantly worse for kids of color, with 47% of African-American kids and 30% of Latino kids living in poverty compared to 15% for White kids in 2015. Nearly 28% of children in rural counties live in poverty, 24% in midsize counties and 22% in urban counties, although poverty increased at the highest rate for urban areas.

May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day • Register today!

Event Date: 
05/10/2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to adjustment)
8:30 AM – 8:55 AM    Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Morning program
Crisis Management • Presenter Bob VandePol
Legal Updates • Presenter Attorney Jeff Fraser

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM • Afternoon program
Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities • Presenter and Panelists TBA
Wrap-up and Evaluations

LOCATION:  Michigan Chamber of Commerce • 600 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933

THIS FULL-DAY TRAINING IS FOR: CEOs & COOs • Business Managers • Administrative Coordinators • HR Directors/Coordinators/Specialists/Generalists 

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.”

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