Whitmer wants a  billion increase for health and human services next year.  Where would he go?  ⋆ Michigan Advance

Whitmer wants a $2 billion increase for health and human services next year. Where would he go? ⋆ Michigan Advance

In her newly released budget recommendations for fiscal year 2025, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed an additional $1.96 billion in funding for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including funding for new behavioral health clinics and support for ongoing for programs to address racial disparities in health care.

Whitmer’s budget proposal totals $80.7 billion. If the Legislature approves Whitmer’s recommendations, DHHS will receive $37.6 billion in funding for FY 2025, compared to $35.7 billion allocated for the current fiscal year that runs through Sept. 30.

A summary of the proposed FY 2025 budget from the governor’s office highlighted various public health provisions:

  • $193.3 million to create new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic locations across the state, which would serve up to 50,000 additional individuals.
  • $15.7 million to continue the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program, which aims to support new and expectant mothers and address racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality.
  • $24 million to provide new funding to communities that identify innovative approaches to support expectant parents and newborns.
  • $1.8 million to support MIChild, which provides health and dental insurance to uninsured children of working families for $10 per month per family.
  • $7.3 million for the Michigan Crisis and Access Line to provide access for individuals experiencing behavioral health crises.

The FY 2025 budget would also create the Caring for MI Family Tax Credit, which would provide families caring for an elderly or ill relative with up to $5,000 of their taxes.

Whitmer’s office also highlighted $35 million to implement recommendations from the Coronavirus Task Force on racial disparities, including neighborhood health grants, mobile health units and sickle cell support.

In addition to the provisions highlighted by Whitmer, her recommendations for FY 2025 include a total of $5.1 billion in behavioral health provisions and $22.1 billion for health services. In FY 2024, $4.79 billion was allocated to behavioral health and $19.3 billion was allocated to health services.

The proposed FY 2025 budget would also boost funding for health services under the Healthy Michigan Plan, which provides low-cost health care services to eligible Michiganders ages 19 to 64.

The current FY 2024 budget allocates just over $1 million for program administration, as well as $590 million for behavioral health services and $5.32 billion for health services. Whitmer’s proposed FY 2025 budget would provide an additional $30,200 for administration, while allocating $535 million to behavioral health and $6.35 billion to health services.

DHHS’s proposed FY 2025 budget also includes more than $160 million for community services and outreach and $756 million for local office operations and support services.

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It will also provide more than $273 million for local health and administrative services, including $110 million to support 79.5 full-time equivalent jobs in AIDS testing, prevention and care programs; $15.9 million in funding for 18 full-time equivalent positions in cancer prevention and control; $8.55 million supporting 20 full-time equivalent positions for sexually transmitted disease control; and $76.4 million for essential local public health services.

Whitmer’s FY 2025 budget proposal also includes $2.34 million to monitor blood lead levels in children and reduce the number of children in the state with high levels of lead in their blood.

In a statement, Caring Across Generations — a coalition of more than 100 local, state and national organizations focused on supporting caregivers, care recipients and their families — praised the budget’s focus on aging, disability care and support of the childcare workforce.

Jaimie K. Worker, the group’s director of public policy, highlighted the MI Family Care Tax Credit as well as the establishment of the Public Home Health Care Authority. Once established, the authority will provide support services — including program orientation, training and patient matching services for home health care workers — to Medicaid enrollees who have access to appropriate community-based supports, families theirs and the people who serve them.

While Worker also applauded Whitmer’s proposed increase in funding for child care providers and financial assistance for child care workers to offset child care costs for their children, she urged action on these proposals by the governor and the Legislature.

These proposed investments mark significant progress for Michigan caregivers and those they support. It is a step in the right direction, however it is essential that the proposals become action,” Worker said.

FY25 Budget Book

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