I hope that you are enjoying summer now that it’s finally here – and that you have power if you lost it due to the storms this past weekend, as I did. We’ve been busy here in the district, knocking on doors and responding to constituents – doing our best to connect with everyone that has reached out with concerns about the latest budget news. We need a better option to fix our roads and adequately fund our schools – I’ve heard from a lot of constituents that we shouldn’t risk retiree pensions to balance the budget. So we will continue working to provide a budget that works for everyone, and make sure that we hear ideas from the community on how to protect and promote our values.
I have had some great experiences in the district recently, including walking in the Fourth of July parade with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, participating in the Troy Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk for the first time and receiving tours of Oakland Community Health Network, Beaumont Hospital and Toyoda Gosei NA. There are so many opportunities to learn how decisions made in Lansing have a real impact on our daily lives, and our economy. I look forward to sharing more detailed information with you at district events.
As always, we are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to share your thoughts and comments on any issues that impact you or our community. Your opinion and voice matters. The office is reachable by phone at (517) 373-1783, by email at PadmaKuppa@house.mi.gov, or by attending one of our in-district events. Upcoming district hours and events are listed below – we would love to see you there!
House District 41
Currently, the state budget for the Fiscal Year 2020 is still being negotiated. I appreciate receiving feedback on the budget from so many in our community. I will continue doing my best to ensure that your voices are heard and that the budget reflects the needs of our great state. If you have any specific questions, opinions or concerns regarding the budget, you can also reach out to my office at (517) 373-1783 or by email at PadmaKuppa@house.mi.gov.
Upcoming Community Events
Please join me for my upcoming events in our community. These events provide an opportunity for us to chat in an informal setting so that I can hear about the issues impacting you and your family. I hope to see you there!
When: Monday, July 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy
Care Town Hall
When: Wednesday, August 21, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Clawson High School, Cafeteria
101 John M Ave. in Clawson
I met with Dr. James Lynch, Interim President, Chief Operating Officer Mark Leonard and several of their colleagues at my recent visit to Beaumont Hospital in Troy – one of the largest employers in House District 41. More than 7,000 Beaumont employees live in our district, which is home to the hospital, three medical centers and over 60 Beaumont physician offices. Troy is one of eight hospital locations in the Beaumont network, and is the third busiest hospital in the state! In the past year, they have treated over 3,600 auto injury cases, helped deliver over 4,000 babies and handled over 105,000 emergency room visits. Beaumont and their 520 beds are usually at full capacity. In 2019, they are increasing their focus on mental health services. The best news? Since the Affordable Care Act became law, 98 percent of their patients are now insured.
Mental health services are an increasingly needed aspect of health care. Right here in District 41 we have the Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN), a public mental health service provider. As community leaders, OCHN is a provider service network that assists approximately 25,800 Oakland County citizens, as well as managing more than 300 service sites.
People who receive public mental health services through the OCHN provider network include those who have an intellectual or developmental disability, adults with a mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance and persons with substance use disorders. The majority of these individuals have Medicaid.
OCHN exists to ensure that all of these individuals are made aware of and have accessibility to services and support that will improve their health and quality of life, as well as ensure their engagement in full community participation. For more information about the work of OCHN, visit their website at occmha.org.
- Emergency OCHN Services: (877) 800-1650
- Non-Emergency, including Substance Use Services: (248) 464-6363