Gov. Whitmer wants to spend $1.4 billion on mental health services, nursing homes, more

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposes investment in health
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Photo credit State of Michigan - FILE

(WWJ) Michigan's governor has big plans to spend big money on health care — proposing funding for mental health and substance abuse services, nursing homes, telemedicine and more.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced her "MI Healthy Communities plan" — a $1.4 billion proposal that would expand care for families, build up facilities, and invest in local public health with federal relief dollars from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

The state says the plan addresses many of the "deficiencies" in Michigan’s health infrastructure that were revealed during the pandemic, and provides resources to meet Michigan families’ mental health needs, expand access to behavioral care and telemedicine, upgrade nursing homes, and bolster local public health departments.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated critical gaps in our health system, and the MI Healthy Communities plan makes long-overdue investments to put Michigan families first,” said Whitmer, in a statement.

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