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State Pushes New Plan To Fight Mental Illness

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A new report released Tuesday my the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission makes dozens of recommendations to improve the quality of mental health services across the state.

The findings are the result of a 2013 executive order from Governor Snyder, which according to the report, called for the bipartisan commission "to address any gaps in the delivery of mental health services and propose new service models to strengthen the entire delivery spectrum of mental health services throughout the state of Michigan."

One of the recommendations includes banning the phrase "mental retardation" and replacing it with "developmental disability to help reduce stigma against those battling mental illnesses.

The committee that authored the report was led by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and chaired by State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D – Ann Arbor), State Rep. Matt Lori (R – Constantine), State Sen. Bruce Caswell (R – Hillsdale), State Rep. Phil Cavanaugh (D- Redford) and James Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. 

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