MMHCA partners with State of Michigan to create COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline!

MMHCA partners with State of Michigan

to create COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline!!!

You can help!

Please read, complete, and submit this MMHCA Survey by COB Monday, April 6th.

Go to “Survey Monkey” for the Survey:

MMHCA – Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association is directly engaged with MDHHS, our State Lobbyist Andrea Cascarilla, and Governor Whitmer’s office to quickly develop a mental health support component for the State’s COVID-19 Hotline.

MMHCA dedicates this initiative to Representative Isaac Robinson who passed away due to suspected COVID-19 complications.  He was a strong supporter of LPCs and invaluable with passage of HB 4325-PA19 of 2019.

Michigan needs your help! Are you willing and able to provide services to your fellow Michiganders? This may range from crisis hotline volunteering services to client referral for Telehealth therapy.

If you are interested:

Please quickly complete and submit the questionnaire by COB on Monday, April 6th.

Go to “Survey Monkey”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network want to make it easier for you to care for your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network want to make it easier for you to care for your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also want to encourage our members to continue to seek care with you during this crisis and we want to make them feel safe while doing so. To this end, effective immediately, we are:

• Extending the waiving of member cost-sharing on select telehealth services through at least June 30

• Expanding no cost telehealth services to now include common behavioral health therapy for members with our behavioral health benefits

• Clarifying the specific telehealth services that have no member cost sharing

• Announcing that ALL Blue Cross and BCN members – including all self-funded groups – now have coverage for telemedicine services (those offered by our network providers); most, but not all members also have access to Blue Cross Online Visits’ (operated by Amwell)

The expanded list of no cost telehealth services for members includes the most common medical office visits and hospitalization follow-up visits as well as common behavioral health therapy. To make this easier for our providers, we’ve published a list of codes that have no member cost sharing through June 30, 2020.

These changes apply to:

• Blue Cross PPO (commercial)

• BCN HMOSM (commercial)

• Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO

• BCN AdvantageSM

Telehealth services that are covered under the Blue Cross and BCN Telemedicine Services Medical Policy that are not listed in the attached list of codes, are still covered but will require standard member cost sharing.  A copy of our Telemedicine Services Medical Policy and our telehealth guides are available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information updates for providers webpage.  You can find this webpage within BCBSM Newsletters and Resources and BCN Provider Publications and Resources.  While the information within our secure provider website is more comprehensive, information is also available on our public website at Click on For Providers.

Telehealth procedure codes for COVID-19

Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19; Benefits increased for all unemployed workers, expanded to self-employed and low-wage workers

Contact: Jason Moon, 517-282-0041

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.

“The State of Michigan is dedicated to implementing measures to protect the health of all our residents and we understand financial health is critical as we meet this challenge together,” said Whitmer. “This increase and expansion of unemployment benefits will provide a measure of security for Michigan working families who lost their income due to the pandemic. We are committed to ensuring emergency financial relief for unemployed residents who continue to stay home and stay safe.”

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.

Benefits Extended to Self-Employed, Low-Wage, and Other Workers Affected by COVID-19
Under the CARES Act, individuals who are not already eligible for Michigan’s unemployment programs will now be provided a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months on top of the state benefit. Benefits are available for up to 39 weeks. These newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with a limited work history.

Benefits Increased for All Unemployed Workers
Under the CARES Act, weekly benefits for all unemployed workers will be increased by a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months. This applies to workers already in the unemployment system and eligible employees about to apply. These workers do not need to reapply and those about to apply do not need to take additional steps and should file as usual. If a worker’s application has previously been denied by the UIA in the past three weeks there is no need for them to reapply at this time. They will be notified by the agency with any additional action that may need to be taken.

“We appreciate the patience Michigan residents have shown with the unemployment system over the last few weeks as we continue to provide emergency financial assistance during this historical demand. I want to assure every eligible worker in our state who needs to apply for unemployment benefits that they will receive them,” said Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio. “We continue to urge workers to apply online at and to utilize our new filing schedule based on their last name. UIA staff is working as hard and fast as they can to process claims and we continue to reallocate resources and upgrade technology to serve our customers.”

The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.

New Filing Schedule:

Online Filing Schedule – Workers are encouraged to go online during off-peak times between 8PM-8AM

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

New application process for Unemployment Insurance by first letter of last name.

Claiming Unemployment Benefits Fact Sheet


How the Workshare Program works

Workshare Program COVID-19 Fact Sheet


Paycheck Protection Program

New Paycheck Protection Program. Application process is not open yet, but you can get prepared by collecting the necessary information now.

SBA Loan with possible $10,000 emergency cash that could be forgiven

NEW SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Streamlined Application Process


Oakland County Stabilization Funds

Application available now for Oakland County Stabilization Funds for Small Businesses. Grants and loans.


IRS Updates

Coronavirus Tax Relief

Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS Launch COVID-19 Volunteer Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              

DHHS Contact: Bob Wheaton 517-241-2112

Governor’s Office Media Contact:


Medical professionals, everyday residents asked to save lives

LANSING, MICH. As Michigan’s healthcare system faces tremendous strains due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives.

Today Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS launched a new volunteer website,, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from businesses using their technology to manufacture personal protective equipment,” said Gov. Whitmer. “To bend the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must all work together as Michiganders. Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together.”

This website will serve as a single clearinghouse for Michiganders to join the fight against COVID-19. The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.

Residents with a background in public health, healthcare fields, or community organizing may assist with contact tracing. Contact tracing involves speaking with COVID-19-positive patients to determine the people they interacted with and locations they visited in the days prior to becoming infected.

“The time is now to save lives,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives. Michiganders in good health who want to serve seniors who are alone – safely, from a distance – please volunteer. You can save lives, too. If you’re ready to use your cell phone to trace infections to their source, please volunteer. You can save lives, too. Visit”

Easy-to-use-buttons on the website allow users to link to volunteer opportunities in their community, donate or give blood. The Michigan Community Service Commission within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is a partner in the new website as the state’s expert at using service as a strategy to address Michigan’s most pressing issues and empowering volunteers to strengthen communities.

The American Red Cross is also partnering with the state on the new site. As the demand for blood remains high during the pandemic, Whitmer and the Red Cross encourage eligible, healthy Michigan donors to go to and schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead. The Red Cross has implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures at blood drives.

Information around COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

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Important Message From Joe Miller, CEO of the American Mental Health Counselors Association

A Message from AMHCA’s CEO

It shows a proactive movement by AMHCA, supported by MMHCA the State Chapter of AMHCA.

March 23, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well given the circumstances.  As we work through this time of uncertainty during this period of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe – not to mention the physical distancing, round-the-clock-news and empty grocery shelves – is common around the country.

We’re very mindful of how your email boxes are filled with COVID-19 related messages and we are utilizing our communication channels (website, social media, communities, newsletter, et al) as much as possible to keep from inundating you with too much, while still keeping communication lines open.

We are grateful for all that you –- AMHCA members — and our partners are doing on the ground to support the health, safety, and well-being of people with mental health conditions. The AMHCA team is so proud to be working for you knowing during this crisis, as you are on the frontlines providing critically important treatments and services to vulnerable Americans who suffer from an array of conditions such as depressive, anxiety, panic, PTS, trauma-related, and other mental health disorders. We know that many people with a mental health condition – many with serious mental illness — will see their conditions exacerbate during this period, but reassured that you are there to serve them during this time of additional needs. Clinical mental health counselors are always working for the betterment of mental health and well-being – and the total health of individuals and employ leadership, advocacy, and collaborative skills to promote systemic changes for improved public health.  Never have you been needed more. You are all a treasured American resource.

AMHCA remains committed to doing all we can to support you during this unprecedented time.  We have had in place a virtual business operation for the last two years, so we are in a position to continue to address your needs and promote your interests on many levels.  We have not missed a beat to make sure we continue to provide all the benefits that AMHCA offers uninterrupted and in a timely fashion.

If you have not had an opportunity to visit our website, please click on the following links for AMHCA resources that we have identified to try to help you through this unique period.

Information for You and Your Practice

Information on Tele-Behavioral Health Issues

Also, keep in mind that you can find other AMHCA resources on telemental health by searching our site.

You can further narrow this search by content, webpage, community and type of resource.

In addition, to make things easy, we have identified several resources below (some embodied in the links above) but we thought it would be helpful to include them in this email as one-stop shop for your convenience.

I have been thinking over the last couple of days what I can say at the conclusion of this message that can be reassuring and profound, but I can only think about these things:

“We all are in this together” – watchwords of this period for our coronavirus response.

Be Considerate:  Tell your clients, family, friends and neighbors not to hoard food, paper products, and hand sanitizer. Hoarding is not an effective American response.  It can put all of us at risk for infection.  Share fairly.

Be Risk Adverse:  The closing of restaurants, bars, and stores will increase the temptation to “get together” with family and friends, “just to get out of the house or apartment”.  Resist the risk.

Be Gregarious:  Call, email, and text families, friends, long-lost relatives frequently (and clients you have not heard from).  They need your continuing support at this difficult time. Make a list of family and friends to contact each day and set aside an hour to do so. Defeat social isolation. 

Be Together:  During these socially distanced days, you need more touch than usual with your touchable loved ones.  Make it a house rule that everyone gets a 20-second hug every two hours.  Practice human contact.   For those alone at home, if you are on Skype, Facetime, etc. – please make lots of eye contact.

Be Safe.  Be Healthy.


Joel E. Miller

Executive Director and CEO

American Mental Health Counselors Association

Archived Proposed Medicaid Policy Distributed for Public Comment and Consultation Summaries 

Archived Proposed Medicaid Policy Distributed for Public Comment and Consultation Summaries

Archived proposed Medicaid policy distributed for public comment and consultation summaries are available electronically upon request. If you would like to view historical versions of proposed Medicaid policy that were released for public comment or you would like to obtain a consultation summary of any bulletin, e-mail with your request. Please identify the project number of the proposed Medicaid policy or consultation summary if known. If this information is unknown, reference the month, year, and subject of the bulletin or the consultation summary in your request. The documents will be e-mailed to you.

NOTE: Comments will not be accepted for proposed Medicaid policy after the public comment period has closed.

Notices of Proposed Policy

Comment Due Date Notice Number Subject
April 24, 2020 2021-Telemedicine COVID-19 Response:  Telemedicine Policy Expansion; Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs)/Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs) Implications
April 22, 2020 2018-F2F COVID-19 Response: Relaxing Face-to-Face Requirement
April 21, 2020 2009-PACE Financial Eligibility for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
April 16, 2020 1944-Telemedicine General Telemedicine Policy Changes; Updates to Existing Policy; Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Policy Changes
April 16, 2020 2006-BHDDA Opioid Health Home (OHH)
April 15, 2020 1945-CoCM Coverage of Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model Services
April 15, 2020 2008-DMEPOS Reimbursement for Custom Fabricated Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Wheelchair Seating when Beneficiary Dies Prior to Delivery
April 14, 2020 2007-BHDDA Behavioral Health Home (BHH)
April 8, 2020 2005-SBS Behavioral Health Telepractice
April 8, 2020 2004-Hospital Rural Access Pool Restoration and Critical Access Hospital Reimbursement