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What states can do to address behavioral health workforce challenges in rural communities: New research

In the U.S., there are not enough behavioral health workers to meet the demand for mental health and substance use services, particularly in rural areas.
Over the past year, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has worked closely with the University of Michigan’s Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC) to explore the approaches states have taken to address this concern through recruitment and retention initiatives. Findings from this research have recently been published in a report for policymakers and decision leaders and an action toolkit for state and local administrators . Read more.  
Ten years of Cover Michigan data illuminate impact of ACA and more

The initial concept for Cover Michigan was to conduct a consumer survey that regularly explored health, health insurance, and health care access trends across Michigan. CHRT launched the survey in 2009 to better understand the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act on the state of Michigan and the people who live here. Over the last decade the survey has done that, and much more. Read more.  
What we're reading

Workplace wellness comes for the middle class by Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, Jan. 3, 2020.

Disappointing results of major study point to better ways to cut health care waste by Austin Frakt, New York Times Upshot, Jan. 8, 2020.

Legislators take on surprise medical billing by Ariel Hart, AJC, Jan. 15, 2020.

Welcome our Health Policy Fellows from government, nonprofit, and academic institutions across the state

On January 30, the ninth cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows began a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s health researchers, nonprofit leaders, and government policymakers. The curriculum includes the history of health care in America, Affordable Care Act implementation and impact in Michigan, value-based insurance design, collaborative quality initiatives, health care costs, and more. Many of the sessions are led by outside experts, including senior administrators at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and nationally regarded experts in health policy. Read more.  
New projects focus on integration, work requirements, mental health

The Center for Health and Research Transformation is taking on several new projects for government, nonprofit, and health system clients. Topics include mixed methods research to inform Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements reporting protocols; an integrated recuperative care intervention at a Michigan homeless shelter; a care coordination intervention between a community mental health agency and a Medicaid health plan; and an exploration of behavioral health care integration models for workforce planning purposes. Read more.
CHRT in the news

Drugstore trips to Canada aren't happening as much. Here's what changed by JC Reindl and Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 29, 2019.

Confused about Michigan's new Medicaid work requirement? Read this by Kara Gavin, Michigan Health Lab, Jan. 15, 2020.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul by Ted Roelofs, Michigan Health Watch, Jan. 15, 2020.