Created in 1967, the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) has become one of the most influential trade associations in the nation, representing Michigan’s 46 community mental health agencies, 10 Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans, and over 90 provider organizations that deliver mental health, SUD and developmental disabilities services to a total of 300,000 lives in all 83 Michigan counties.
The Michigan team is most proud of their work to shape the official redesign of the state behavioral health system to include expanded focus on integrated care funded through APM approaches. With the help of the Delta Center the Michigan team also hosted a successful practice transformation academy, with 28 members developing real-world APM approaches. Their Delta Center work helped CMHA and MPCA to jointly serve as key advocates and resources for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as it worked to advance APB/VBP structure through expanding behavioral health and Opioid Health Homes as well as working toward CCBHC-designation.
CMHA is working with the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), the voice of Michigan’s 45 Health Centers to develop a Behavioral Health Telehealth Resource Center including a Project ECHO initiative to provide real-time telehealth-related support to Michigan safety-net providers. Concurrently, a Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) Learning Community with a focus on DEI comprised of a variety of consumer led advocacy groups will be developed to support providers to support diverse populations more effectively with healthcare access.