MDHHS announces composition of board to oversee Region 3 PIHP; seeks individuals interested in serving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2019

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced the composition of the Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) Region 3 board and is seeking nominations for board members by Aug. 15.

Together with MDHHS, the new board will oversee the activities of West Michigan’s PIHP to ensure sound management and to protect individuals receiving services.

The department developed the new board proposal following the cancellation of the contract with Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE) after several years of poor performance. In recent months, Beacon Health Options has been operating with LRE to provide managed care support to the Region 3 Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs). Based on feedback from the CMHSPs about the value of this partnership, MDHHS will seek to establish a contract with Beacon that allows this work to continue. The new board will oversee Beacon’s work. After listening to public feedback, MDHHS has added fiduciary powers to the Board.

“A board with public representation, diverse stakeholders and critical responsibilities will help achieve the goal all of us share: delivering better services to the residents of West Michigan,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “By operating under FOIA and open meetings laws, the board will also make decision making more transparent and accountable.” 

The Region 3 PIHP Board will include the following members:

  • 5 representatives from the CMHSPs in the region.
  • 1 representative of county governments in the region.
  • 1 individual or family member of an individual receiving services from the PIHP.
  • 1 member of an advocacy group representing individuals with behavioral health needs or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • 3 representatives of MDHHS.
  • 3 individuals with expertise in behavioral health or intellectual developmental disability services and/or administration.
  • 1 representative of the contracted PIHP.

Board members will be appointed to a one-year term that begins Oct. 1, 2019 and ends Sept. 30, 2020. Each CMHSP in the region will appoint one representative, the county boards of commissioners will appoint one representative, and the contracted PIHP will appoint one representative. MDHHS will appoint all other representatives. Additional information is available in the Region 3 PIHP Board details document.

Individuals interested in serving on the board should complete an online application by Aug. 15 to nominate themselves.

CMHSPs, the county boards of commissioners and the contracted PIHP shall notify MDHHS of their appointments by Sept. 1. MDHHS will announce board membership in early September.

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