Michigan Senate OKs $565 million for mental health funding

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The Michigan Senate advanced legislation Wednesday that would pump millions of additional dollars into the state’s mental health system, voting 37-1 to direct funding toward increasing the number of psychiatric beds, improving hospital infrastructure and more.

Senate Bill 714, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, would direct nearly $550 million in federal COVID-19 funding towards various mental health initiatives and totals $565 million overall. 

The plan includes $100 million for a grant program to boost the number of long-term pediatric inpatient slots, $35 million for expanding mental health services, and $50 million to potentially overhaul the state’s community mental-health system.

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