Mental healthcare in Michigan growing more affordable with reforms

Michigan residents are seeing more accessible and more affordable mental healthcare opportunities thanks to Medicaid expansion, COVID-19 pandemic reforms and a new pilot program with the federal and state governments, MLive reported April 30.

The pilot program includes Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties and will expand publicly subsidized mental health services, the report said. Services will be provided at certified community behavioral health clinics to residents of all ages with a diagnosed mental health condition.

Fees are based on income and insurance coverage, the report said. With the program up and running, Kalamazoo county is expected to see 1,000 more patients than in recent years.

The pilot program offers services including 24-hour crisis intervention, screening and diagnosis, outpatient therapy, substance abuse services, coordination with physical care and family support services, the report said. The target populations are uninsured residents or those on Medicaid.

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