Every year, about one in five American adults suffers from a mental illness.
Mental health is a growing concern and must be addressed. As chair of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, I have made it a priority to help residents struggling with mental health and their families live happier and healthier lives.
This past year, I was appointed co-chair of the bipartisan Michigan House C.A.R.E.S task force created to help Michigan residents with mental health challenges. The task force’s goal is to come up with recommendations for policy changes and improve mental health services.
The task force held meetings throughout the summer and early fall to discuss and receive input from individuals and professionals around the state regarding mental health. I toured several types of facilities to gain a better understanding of programs already available to residents. I also spoke with many organizations and advocates to find improvements that will help those affected by mental illness.
As a team, we gathered ideas and other feedback on a wide variety of topics ranging from mental health care, substance abuse, rehabilitant programs, and enhanced training for professionals and law enforcement. There is always room for improvement and I believe we are headed in the right direction in providing better services to people suffering from mental illness.
I have learned a tremendous amount about mental illness and would like to thank everyone that has been involved with the process.
I look forward to presenting the findings from the mental health task force and plan to develop legislation that will help improve mental health services. I will continue to help families across the state of Michigan for 2018.