HealthWest and West Michigan CMH Named as One of Three Pilot Sites for the State’s Section 298 Initiative

Financial integration with the Medicaid Health Plans slated to begin October 1, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently announced the three pilot sites selected for the state’s 298 Initiative, or Medicaid Health Plan Pilot. HealthWest (Muskegon County’s Behavioral Wellness Connection) and West Michigan Community Mental Health (West Michigan CMH) were awarded and will be conducting a joint pilot.  Also chosen for the pilot were the Genesee Health System and Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority.

The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services in Michigan. This initiative is based upon Section 298 in the Public Act 268 of 2016. The Michigan legislature approved a revised version of Section 298 as part of Public Act 107 of 2017.