LANSING, Mich., April 24, 2024State Rep. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (DHHS), celebrated potential funding increases across key areas of behavioral health, child welfare, aging services and public health. Her recommendations passed out of the subcommittee. These initiatives are aimed at building stronger communities and supporting Michigan’s most vulnerable populations. 

“This budget recommendation reflects our commitment to not just sustaining but significantly improving the health and welfare of all Michiganders,” Morse said. “By focusing on comprehensive care and preventive measures, we are paving the way for a healthier and more equitable future for our state.”

The proposed DHHS budget, currently under review, signifies a pivotal step in reinforcing Michigan’s health and social services infrastructure, ensuring that vital services are not only maintained, but also expanded to meet the changing needs of the state. Some of the highlights of the House budget recommendation include:

  • Substantially higher provider reimbursements for behavioral and mental health services.
  • Expanding sites for seniors that want to live in PACE facilities.
  • Supporto for court-appointed special advocates for children.
  • Increased funding for the Double Up Food Bucks program.
  • Multiple grants for firearm injury and violence prevention, including education on new firearm laws.