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SENATE BILLS 597 & 598 

Long version: "They must think that we are not paying attention; enough is enough"

Short version: "They must think that we are not paying attention; enough is enough"

Fact Sheet - SB 597 & 598: The Wrong Step at the Wrong Time

As you may know, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey recently introduced two new bills – Senate Bills 597 & 598, which attempt to reboot and expand the failed “Section 298” effort of several years ago. This legislation would privatize all Medicaid mental health services by giving full financial control and oversight or decision making to for-profit insurance companies. Supporters of Senate Bills 597 & 598 make a lot of false promises, do not be fooled these bills are a shell game, just shifting who pays the bills for a small fraction of people in the Medicaid program.

Sen. Shirkey has ignored the voice of the people served by continuing to push this dangerous idea. The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan has launched an online petition opposing these bills, please join us and sign the petition by visiting:

The bills are being falsely portrayed as improvements to the state’s public mental health system. If passed into law, these bills will severely damage Michigan’s Community Mental Health system and cause significant harm to the 320,000+ Michiganders who rely on its stability.

Senator Shirkey’s bills also hand Michigan’s funds and local decision-making to out-of-state insurance companies. This legislation will allow our local mental health care decisions to be made in corporate board rooms in Missouri, California, Minnesota, Arizona and Indiana.


The staff of Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems (TBHS) would like to welcome you and your family.  We provide effective, comprehensive, quality treatment to help you deal with your struggles, whether related to mental illness, developmental disability, or co-existing substance use disorder.  Co-existing means having two conditions at once, such as a mental illness and a substance use disorder.  TBHS recognizes that reaching out for help can be hard.  TBHS wants you to know that working together with you and if you choose, your family, helps build the necessary partnership to address your needs openly with care and respect.  We will listen to you in detail, call you by your name and accept you as a person.

No Wrong Door and Many Right Doors…

TBHS has a “No Wrong Door” policy.  This means that you will be assessed and receive care and treatment no matter where you enter our system.  This includes service supports and collaboration to help address your identified needs.  If there is a problem with eligibility for services, you will be assisted in finding the right supports and services in the community as well.  This is an ongoing process as we strive to provide seamless and personally meaningful care.

Our Guiding Principles…

  • Your care is comprehensive - it meets your needs individually and covers all areas of need.

  • ~  Your care is timely - care is delivered quickly and efficiently to meet your needs.

  • ~  You and your recovery are priorities - we are responsive to assisting and supporting you in your journey toward prolonged wellness.

  • ~  Your care environment is of great importance - our facilities are quiet, comfortable, safe and clean.

  • ~  Your care is targeted to your situation - care is geared toward respect of all ages, races, cultures, gender, orientation, urgency of need and individual need.

  • ~  Your care is delivered in an open, accepting environment - TBHS staff work hard to gain and improve the skills and approaches necessary to address through treatment the behaviors and issues that go into mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and co-existing disorders.

  • ~  Your feedback is essential - your level of satisfaction helps us know how to improve our system of care.


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