Senator Booher visits CWNPublished September 21, 2017
Our Board of Directors hosted Senator Booher on October 9th in recognition of his assistance in passing Public Act 266. This legislation enables greater collaboration between public and private health care providers. Also present was Lynda Zeller, Deputy Director at Michigan Department of Community Health.
“Booher’s bill,” says Chip Johnston, Executive Director of Centra Wellness Network, “allows community mental health (CMH) service programs to partner with health care providers such as hospitals, health systems and physician groups to better provide services to individuals with mental health needs.”
“This is about better access to important care – especially in our rural areas – by permitting community mental health programs to have an active participation in the total treatment of patients,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The coordination of all essential medical and behavioral care will be done more easily and at a benefit to health care consumers and taxpayers.”
Earlier in the summer, Mr. Johnston and Benzie County Commission Chair Don Tanner both testified before the House and Senate Health Policy committees about the need to enhance mental health care services.
Under PA 266, a CMH services program will be able to partner with entities that provide and/or manage health care and rehabilitative services for purposes directly related to fulfilling the general health, welfare and service obligations of the programs.
PIctured Left to Right: Joseph "Chip" Johnston, Executive Director CWN; Dennis Risser, CWN Board Chair; Donald Tanner, CWN Board Member; Senator Darwin Booher; Lynda Zeller, Deputy Director MDCH