LANSING, Mich., June 2, 2021 — Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit), along with Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township),  Phil Green (R-Millington) and Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), introduced a bipartisan behavioral health package to redesign Michigan’s behavioral health delivery system.

House Bills 49254929 aim to have the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services implement and oversee a single administrative services organization to improve the care provided to Michiganders suffering from mental health disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders – replacing the expensive and confusing administrative structure currently in place.

“This package is a transformational change to how we support those with behavioral health disorders and disabilities,” Thanedar said. “It will help some of our most vulnerable Michiganders, regardless of insurance status or income, and save $300 million in administrative costs, which will go directly to providing services to our neighbors, constituents, families and friends in need.”

The package was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for further consideration.