Should our elected leaders decide to the begin the process to “Profitize” the public mental health system? Will the decision to move in this direction, even on a “pilot” basis be good public policy, serve the taxpayers and persons in need of mental health and substance use service well?

Advocates, parents and consumers who depend on these services think not. They want to maintain the public oversight and control over the public mental health and substance use services. Yet, the Michigan Legislature appears poised to reject their recommendations developed over a course of a year by a task force appointed by Nick Lyon, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

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