Dear Neighbor,

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! I am honored to serve as the state Representative for the 53rd House District and proud to be a strong advocate in Lansing for our community. Please encourage your friends and family to stay connected and subscribe to this e-newsletter. The e-news keeps everyone up-to-date on legislation and policies coming from the Capitol, coffee hours, and other virtual and in-person community events.

In service,

State Rep.

Brenda Carter

53rd House District

In this Issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in Michigan
  • Kroger Accepting EBT Payments for Online Orders
  • Public Health Emergency Information
  • Mental Health Urgent Care — Common Ground

Upcoming Events

  • Goldner Walsh Coffee Hour — Hybrid
    • Monday, June 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • 559 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac, MI 48341
    • Facebook Event Link
  • Waterford Senior Center Coffee Hour — In-Person
    • Monday, June 12, noon – 1 p.m.
    • 3621 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township., MI 48328
    • Facebook Event Link

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in Michigan 

Battling lead contamination has become a key issue for many constituents, in my district and across the state. It is, therefore, incredibly important that we invest in our communities to combat lead contamination wherever it may arise. Michigan’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and its leaders have been working to improve systems capable of gathering, storing and reporting on blood lead results for Michigan children; improve clinical case management coordination; provide comprehensive educational events and materials; and conduct community outreach. They are working tirelessly to ensure that the public is educated on the risks and harms of lead contamination and that all children with elevated blood lead levels regardless of insurance status get the care that they need.

For more information, or to view the full report, CLICK HERE.

Kroger has Started Accepting EBT Payments for Online Orders

If you’re someone with limited time, or you simply like the convenience of picking up your groceries or having them delivered, Kroger has started accepting EBT payments online! If you are a SNAP recipient, use this new system by creating a Kroger account through the app or at From there, go to “My Account” and “Wallet” and add your EBT account number as a new card. Now you can choose to pick up your groceries or have them delivered right to your door!

Public Health Emergency Information

On May 11, the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration expired. With this expiration comes several changes, most notably Medicaid renewal. Medicaid renewal had been paused under the PHE, but now that it has expired, you may need to reapply for coverage if you have Medicaid, MIChild or the Healthy Michigan Plan. is the hub for all of these programs, as well as Food Assistance Programs (FAP), Cash Assistance, Child Development and Care (CDC), and State Emergency Relief (SER). Go to MIBridges to update your information and check if you need to reapply. For more information on 2023 benefit changes, click this link.

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