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New Medicaid Director Named

May 17, 2019

Kate Massey has been appointed as the new Medicaid director by Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, Ms. Massey was chief executive officer for Magellan Complete Care of Virginia. She previously served as vice president for Medicaid and Medicare for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Ms. […]

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DHHS Director Named

Jan 11, 2019

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Robert Gordon as the new head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, he is the senior vice president of finance and global strategy for The College Board. In the Obama administration, Mr. Gordon served as acting assistant secretary at the Office of […]

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Ombudsman to Lead Review of Child Protective Services

Sep 14, 2018

Governor Rick Snyder appointed Orlene Hawks, Director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman, as the leader of a team that will conduct an operational review and improvement process of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protective Services program. The announcement comes after an audit by the state Auditor General found numerous deficiencies in […]

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Primary & Behavioral Health Grant Announced

Aug 17, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) received up to $10 million in grant funds to promote integration of primary and behavioral healthcare. The program, funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will improve access to and quality of care to Michiganders by strengthening the coordination of physical […]

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Department Launches Public Health Tracking Program

May 05, 2017

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the launch of the Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking Program called MiTracking.  Through the program, residents will have access to information and data about health conditions that can be impacted by the environment. The MiTracking data portal can be used to accomplish the following: […]

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Governor Announces Plan to Reduce Lead Exposure

Mar 17, 2017

On Thursday, Governor Rick Snyder announced an increase to state standards for the federal Lead and Copper Rule and that he is creating a permanent commission focusing on the elimination of child lead exposure. The Lead and Copper Rule is a federal regulation aimed at controlling lead and copper in the drinking water and can […]

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Department Announces Deputy Directors

Dec 22, 2016

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the appointment of two deputy directors.  Former Representative Matt Lori will serve as senior deputy director of the Policy, Planning, and Legislative Services Administration.  Richard Kline was appointed senior deputy director of the department’s Aging and Adult Services Agency.  Both had been serving in […]

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Interim Report Released on Integrating Health Services

Dec 16, 2016

This week, the 298 Facilitation Workgroup released their interim report, reflecting the discussions and recommendations of the group.  The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services.  The draft interim report, released for public review, contains a series of policy recommendations for the Legislature. […]

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