In early 2020, Saginaw's Police Chief, Robert Ruth held a press conference, in coordination with the Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies, to release crime statistics for the city of Saginaw. As you may know, Saginaw realized another dramatic, 40% decrease in crime across nearly every category of crime.
Chamber urges restoration of $100 state budget placeholder required for authorization to repair SVSU's fire-damaged Brown Hall
One of the more puzzling vetoes the governor included in her 148 line-item veto list was a $100 placeholder for Brown Hall at Saginaw Valley State University. This $100 was necessary to begin the authorization process for a projected $12 million renovation, and it was the only request for funding by any higher education institution out of all Michigan Universities in its category.
Michigan is facing a critical shortage of physicians that will only get worse as more and more doctors retire.
A program, called MiDOCS, provides matching monies ($1.25 million) to put medical residents into training and places them to work in medically underserved areas of Michigan. In our region, the CMU Medical School participates in the MiDOCS program. This year, CMU started with psychiatry as we are terribly underserved with the issues of behavioral health, opioid addiction, depression and suicide.
Michigan is facing a critical shortage of mental health beds, treatment facilities and professionals. We in the Great Lakes Bay Region understand the need when it comes to mental health services and are working tirelessly to address the situation.
Locally, HealthSource is an exceptional facility comprised of Adult, Child/Adolescent and Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatric Units and treat acute care, short time inpatient units. HealthSource provides comprehensive assessment and treatment in a secure setting for those suffering from mental illness.
At a time of heated debate across the country about the urgent need for more and better mental health services that could help prevent tragic incidents like El Paso and Dayton, now is the time to invest in mental health. In Michigan alone, more than 4 million residents reside in areas identified by The Kaiser Family Foundation as a Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), with the number of mental health professionals meeting the needs of fewer than 25 percent of the population in those areas.