The legislation, which was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee last week, appropriates $100 million to create a grant program aimed at increasing the number of long-term pediatric psychiatric inpatient hospitals or centers. Another $15 million would also be appropriated to create a grant program for infrastructure investments to improve behavioral healthcare provided through hospital emergency departments.
Marita Hattem-Schiffman, central region president for the MidMichigan Health System, voiced her support for the appropriations at a recent committee hearing.
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With budget negotiations ongoing, the bill is expected to be brought before the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks. “[The investment] in behavioral health with COVID-19 recovery funds — $100 million for pediatric behavioral health and $15 million to improve behavioral health treatment in Emergency Departments — is an excellent start toward creating the sustainable services these vulnerable patients need and deserve.”
Source MHA has also voiced support for a Senate Appropriations bill that will includes $160 million in COVID-19 relief funding for hospitals. That bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.
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