Michigan Prioritizes Mental Health: Shifting Focus to the well-being of the region’s mental health


Michigan Prioritizes Mental Health: Shifting Focus to the well-being of the region’s mental health

Henry Ford Health is set to open a new behavioral health hospital in West Bloomfield. Emily Sexton, the recently appointed CEO of the facility, discussed the importance of mental wellness on a special episode of Michigan Matters. The hospital will have 192 beds for inpatient care and is a joint venture between Henry Ford Health and Acadia Healthcare. This two-story hospital will expand the services available in West Bloomfield and serve as an academic site to educate future behavioral healthcare providers.

Elizabeth Hertel, the Director of Michigan’s Health and Human Services Department, and Eric Hipple, a former Detroit Lions quarterback and mental health advocate, joined Sexton on the roundtable. Hertel highlighted the state’s investment of over $360 million in behavioral health services over the past two years. Hipple shared his advocacy work for mental health in collaboration with organizations like the NFL and the University of Michigan.

The discussion on Michigan Matters centered around the efforts in the region to support individuals facing mental health challenges. Viewers can catch Michigan Matters at its new time slot: 5:30 a.m. on Sundays on CBS Detroit, noon on Sundays on Detroit 50 WKBD, and streaming at 9 p.m. weeknights on CBS Detroit’s website, app, and Pluto TV. Carol Cain, the 13-time Emmy-winning senior producer and host of the show, leads these insightful conversations.

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