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16 Michigan groups divide $6M to address opioid crisis, behavioral health

MLive, August 7, 2017, by Julie Mack

LANSING, Mich. – More than $6.4 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is being divided between 16 organizations to address issues related to opioid addiction and behavioral health.

The grants expands behavioral health services for children and older adults. The money is going to organizations from metro Detroit to the western Upper Peninsula.

The Health Endowment Fund was created by the Legislature that changed the operating rules for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The law requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years into a fund to improve the quality of health care while reducing costs and to benefit the health and wellness.

The grant recipients are:

Catholic Human Services Inc. — $449,411 to help fund an interdisciplinary team to help parents struggling with addiction and have children within the child welfare system in Alpena and Montmorency counties.

Cherry Health —  $480,678 to improve early detection and treatment of behavioral health issues in seniors aged 65 and older. It will increase utilization of annual wellness exams at three Cherry Health sites in Grand Rapids as well as integrate care management, wellness coaching, referral coordination, and follow up for improved senior health and wellness.

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