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Updates About Executive Office Announcements

Governor Whitmer Establishes Michigan Parents’ Council

Update: Jul 11-22, 2022

On Friday, July 15, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2022-5, which creates the Michigan Parents Council – an advisory body housed within the Michigan Department of Education. The Council must include a diverse representation of seven parents, guardians or family members appointed by the Governor, as well as a representative appointed by the state superintendent, and the Governor’s K-12 policy advisor.

The Council will be charged with convening regional roundtable discussions covering, at a minimum, strategies, and approaches for combating unfinished learning and supporting children’s mental health. Themes and ideas gleaned from the discussions will help inform policy recommendations in the Governor’s next budget recommendation.

A report must be submitted by December 9, 2022. The council will dissolve on March 1, 2023.

Schools Receive $10 Million for School Safety Grants

Update: May 2-19, 2022

150 awards were given to 57 school districts, 14 intermediate school districts, 40 nonpublic schools, and 39 public school academies to improve school safety and security according to a release from the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that $10 million in state funding through the Competitive School Safety Grant Program (CSSGP) would fund the purchase of equipment and/or technology to improve school buildings, students, and staff’s safety and security. 336 eligible applications were received with requests totaling $35 million and recipients were chosen from a committee of law enforcement, education, and school security personnel.

Grant recipients have until July 1, 2023, to spend their awards. View the full list of grant recipients.

State Expands Medicaid Coverage for Moms & Babies

Update: May 2-19, 2022

On May 2, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies initiative, in part to expand Medicaid postpartum coverage to a full 12 months, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Under current federal requirements, Medicaid enrollees receive coverage for 60 days postpartum. Expanding coverage to a full year is intended to allow pregnant people, and their newborns, to have access to necessary health services, such as behavioral, dental, and substance use services. The extension also promotes the completion of postpartum depression screening.

In 2018, Michigan’s Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) Committee found that almost 50% of maternal deaths in the state were preventable and there was a persistent racial disparity among these deaths.

In Michigan, this expansion is expected to benefit approximately 35,000 pregnant and postpartum people annually.