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Michigan receives federal funding to improve health services

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Federal funds are on their way to Michigan to encourage closer collaboration between different types of healthcare providers.

 

The funding, from the U-S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be used to integrate physical and mental healthcare in 3 Michigan counties.

Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said people typically have one doctor for physical care, one for mental healthcare, and so on.

“What we’re looking to do through this funding is integrate that care so that people that are receiving care for their physical health can also receive treatment that they might also need for mental health or substance use issues.”

Minicuci said the grant provides up to two million dollars a year over the next five years. It will affect programs located in Saginaw, Shiawassee, and Barry counties.

She said the goal is to have better collaboration between doctors, to provide better physical and mental healthcare.