(LANSING) – A bill authored by a southwest Michigan lawmaker will coordinate how the state provides alcohol and drug abuse counseling.
Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 249 of 2014 which was introduced by State Representative Matt Lori of Constantine as House Bill 5332. The bill requires the Michigan Department of Community Health to establish and maintain credentialing standards for the statewide substance use disorder service systems.
The bill is a direct result of recommendations made by the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, to which Lori was appointed in December 2012.
Lori says the Commission found that coordination of care is vital to wellness, recovery and management of chronic illness. However, a lack of statewide standards made the synchronization difficult to attain.
By establishing and maintaining a uniform substance use disorder credentialing program for state departments and agencies, Lori says we will be able to coordinate how we provide alcohol and drug abuse counseling throughout Michigan.
59th District Michigan State Representative Matt Lori