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MDHHS awards grant to develop and implement
statewide system of behavioral health mediation services
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has awarded Oakland Mediation Center a grant to develop and implement a statewide system of local mediation services to resolve disputes related to behavioral health services provided by Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSP) and their contract providers.
MDHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Administration and MDHHS Office of Recipient Rights have partnered with community and advocacy partners to ensure that all people receiving publicly funded behavioral health services in Michigan have access to an independent mediation process to resolve concerns about their services and treatment. Currently, the CMHSP system serves more than 230,000 Michigan residents and the CMHSP Customer Services and Recipient Rights Departments receive a variety of inquiries and questions related to treatment planning and behavioral health services.
The use of mediation as a first step in the dispute resolution process fosters better treatment relationships and provides for a timelier agreement on what supports and services will be provided by the responsible mental health agency.
“The use of mediation has a proven record of successful outcomes in resolving disputes and allows the patient to be an active participant,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “It is exciting that we are able to provide mediation services to resolve complex behavioral health treatment needs in a meaningful way by bringing all parties to the table.”
“We are honored to have been awarded this grant to provide a vital alternative to resolving service disputes for behavioral health service complaints,” said Charity Burke, executive director of Oakland Mediation Center. “Within the next few months, we will be working with our counterparts across the state, MDHHS and local officials to ensure this program is offered to people that need their voices heard and conflicts resolved.”
The project funded by this grant is expected to be fully implemented by September 2021.
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AG Nessel Shares Tips to Avoid COVID-related Scams
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to ensure Michiganders don’t fall for fake advertisements or too-good-to-be-true treatments related to COVID-19.
Her Consumer Alert covers a wide range of scams that are circulating right now.
In her latest Consumer Protection video, Nessel
“We’re at a point in this pandemic where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but bad actors are trying to take advantage of that collective hope by making false promises,” Nessel said. “Please continue to do your research and use trusted sources before making any decision that may affect your health.”
Earlier this month, the attorney general told people to avoid vaccine survey scams offering a reward in exchange for personal information.
Additionally, it’s important to always remember:
Today’s Consumer Protection video is part of a series of informative and humorous videos focused on protecting Michiganders.
Additional resources are always available by visiting the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection webpage.
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AG Nessel Reissues Consumer Alert as Text Scam Targets UIA Claimants
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning people about a text message impersonating the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).
The department was recently informed a text message is targeting claimants with a fraudulent announcement that UIA is making changes to security features. A similar scam has been targeting people through email, making both instances an opportunity to remind Michiganders that UIA is currently only communicating through the claimant’s Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) or via mail.
This specific smishing attempt, which is when scammers send text messages pretending to be from trusted sources, asks the recipient to click on a link and log into their account, or risk losing their benefits. The goal is to obtain the claimant’s personal information that can then be used to steal their identity.
“At a time when so many people are struggling financially, bad actors are using scam texts and websites that mimic government unemployment insurance benefit websites,” Nessel said. “These sites trick people into thinking they’re applying for or certifying their UIA benefits; instead, they wind up giving scammers their personal information. I urge Michiganders to be vigilant to protect your personal information.”
Similar scams have been popping up in other states, leading the Department of Justice to release a warning last month about fake unemployment benefit websites.
Here are important reminders:
Additional information and tips to protect your identity can be found online.
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April 28, 2021
Gov. Whitmer names Detroit Tigers great Miguel Cabrera as co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today Detroit Tigers great Miguel Cabrera has volunteered to serve as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and help promote the state’s COVID-19 vaccination and education efforts.
“We are grateful that ‘Miggy’ is stepping up to the plate to help inform Michiganders on the importance of getting their COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Governor Whitmer. “We appreciate the tremendous support and advocacy from the Detroit Tigers because this is an all-hands-on-deck moment in our state’s effort to persevere and overcome the pandemic.”
Cabrera, nicknamed “Miggy,” is an 11-time Major League Baseball All Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player who joined the Tigers in December, 2007. He and the Tigers have offered to produce public service announcements in English and Spanish that will encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated and continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.
“I am honored by Gov. Whitmer’s appointment as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and look forward to using my platform to increase awareness of how getting vaccinated can help slow COVID-19 infections,” Miguel Cabrera said. “Based on what I know from getting vaccinated already, the shots are nowhere near as bad as the virus. Our goal with the Commission is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, and I hope my support toward that end is successful.”
Gov. Whitmer created the Protect Michigan Commission in January. The appointees represent a diverse array of industries, professions and backgrounds. Housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), they are charged with helping to ensure every Michigander has a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the opportunity becomes available. Their goal is facilitating at least 100,000 shots in arms daily.
“Miguel Cabrera exemplifies the Detroit Tigers’ on-going commitment to causes serving the greater public good,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment at Ilitch Holdings, which owns the Detroit Tigers.
“The Detroit Tigers are proud to join with Gov. Whitmer and members of the Protect Michigan Commission,” Granger said. “Together, we urge all Michiganders and fans of the Tigers to get vaccinated and prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that we can return to the full stadiums, arenas, concerts, and sporting events that we all love so much.”
Under the current MDHHS epidemic order, public attendance for select outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities must operate under enhanced safety protocols, including limiting crowds at up to 20 percent capacity, or approximately 8,200 ticketed guests at Comerica Park.
The Tigers have coordinated with public health and medical experts, government officials and Major League Baseball to develop a comprehensive plan that allows fans to safely and confidently attend games. The comprehensive health and safety protocols include required pre-arrival health screenings, mandatory mask wearing, physically distanced seating, contactless experience and CDC-recommended cleaning enhancements.
To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible.