MDHHS submits final 298 report to the legislature

Contact: Jennifer Eisner 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the final report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan legislature. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The initiative is based upon Section 298 of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations act, which directed MDHHS to develop a report with recommendations to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The final report chronicles the history of the statewide discussion and summarizes feedback and input from consumers, providers, payers, and advocates on this issue.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the 298 Workgroup for their commitment and shared belief that we can do more to improve the integration of behavioral and physical health services,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We look forward to continued dialogue with our partners and supporting the legislature as they review the recommendations.”

Building on the interim report issued in January, the final report includes a series of recommendations developed by the workgroup. The recommendations are for the legislature on the best strategies to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report includes the 70 initial policy recommendations outlined in the interim report, and also incorporates several new recommendations from the workgroup on financing models and benchmarks for implementation.

MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to assist with the development of the report. Over the last few months, MDHHS and the workgroup have led a statewide discussion on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report will support and inform upcoming legislative discussions on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. MDHHS will work with the legislature on reviewing the recommendations and help support upcoming discussions.

For more information about the final report and the Section 298 Initiative, visit www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298 or send an email to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov.

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