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Updates About Public Health

Governor Unveils New State Psych Hospital

Update: Jun 5-16, 2023

Governor Whitmer, Elizabeth Hertel, and other state officials attended an open house on June 5 to celebrate the completion of the new Caro Psychiatric Hospital.

This $85 million Caro Psychiatric Hospital is replacing the current Caro Center, which opened in 1914 as the Caro Farm Colony for Epileptics, and was the only residential treatment facility in the state of Michigan for individuals with seizure disorders until 1997.

The facility will house 100 inpatient beds and the facility is expected to offer more options for Michigan families in need of behavioral health care services. Caro will now be one of five residential psychiatric hospitals in the state.

Michigan to Receive Additional Opioid Settlement Dollars

Update: Jun 5-16, 2023

On June 12, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Michigan would receive $338 million following the state’s role in the Walgreens National Opioid Settlement.

The state is expected to receive $200 million over 15 years with an additional $138 million allocated over 18 years. These funds are in addition to previous national settlements from other opioid distributors and manufacturers, which brings the total allocation to approximately $1.6 billion.

MDHHS and DIFS Issue COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine, and Treatment Update

Update: May 8-19, 2023

With the Public Health Emergency ending on May 11, 2023, MDHHS and DIFS issued guidance to the public about the future of COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments related to cost and accessibility in the state of Michigan.

Both departments reminded individuals that testing and vaccines continue to be available to the public at little to no cost.

For specific information on available testing, vaccines, treatments, and data, please see the following links:

MDHHS Update on End of PHE.

DIFS Update on End of PHE.