Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 12:09 PM
A meeting with state officials on how to coordinate Medicaid mental health payments and improve overall services broke down, with a number of mental health advocates walking out of the meeting, saying they did not have confidence the state was committed to using a series of findings on mental health services that was reached in the spring.
One advocate called the effort the state was leading "rigged," and another said his group would not continue to work with the state unless they got a written guarantee that the Department of Health and Human Services would agree to use the findings the so-called 298 Workgroup had reached this past spring.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will again send regular weekly reports of patients with elevated levels of lead in their blood to the Genesee County Health Department after discontinuing them in response to the court order issued almost two weeks ago directing the local health department to work directly with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on lead and Legionella cases.
In the past four months, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has ticked down by 0.1 percentage point each month, dropping the rate from 4.8 percent to 4.5 percent.
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