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Bureau of Emergency Preparedness, EMS, and Systems of Care

The MDHSS Bureau of Emergency Preparedness, EMS, and Systems of Care (BEPESOC), formerly BETP, combines the former Office of Public Health Preparedness with the EMS and Systems of Care (Trauma, Stroke, STEMI) service sections. Together, the Bureau serves to better protect the health and well-being of Michigan citizens through the administration and continuous improvement of emergency medical services, systems of care for time sensitive emergencies, as well as all-hazards preparedness planning and response. The Bureau is composed of two divisions: the Division of EMS and Systems of Care, and the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Learn more about both divisions’ specific responsibilities and programs by exploring the links below.


The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) is the emergency preparedness and response arm of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The division serves to protect the health of Michigan citizens before, during and after an emergency through the integration of public health and medical preparedness initiatives and by leveraging diverse partnerships. DEPR maintains a dual role in both preparedness planning and in emergency response. These activities encompass all hazards, including natural and man-made disasters, acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies that impact the health of the public.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Website


The Division of EMS and Systems of Care

The Division of EMS and Systems of Care (DESOC) serves to protect and improve the health and well-being of Michigan citizens who require emergency medical services, through the administration of license requirements for EMS personnel, operations, and vehicles, the oversight of local medical control authorities and the development of regulatory policies and procedures which promote efficient program administration and safe care, treatment and transportation of the sick and injured.

EMS Section Website

Time sensitive emergencies such as a traumatic injury, heart attack or stroke require patients get to the right place at the right time. Michigan is committed to implementing a systems approach for these time sensitive events that will support patients receiving timely, appropriate, quality care that can improve outcomes with the goal of a return to productive life.

Systems of Care Section Website


Pediatric Readiness - Across the Continuum of Care

The care of an ill or injured child is considered a low-frequency, high-impact encounter to many pre-hospital and hospital providers. By supporting pediatric readiness efforts across the continuum of care, access to quality pediatric emergency care is enhanced, no matter where a child lives, plays, goes to school or travels or how they encounter emergency medical services. 

Pediatric Readiness Website