In brief

Project supports addressing children’s mental health issues

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will expand a program statewide to support primary care providers in addressing children’s and pregnant women’s mental health issues with a five-year federal grant for $445,000 annually.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding the funding to MDHHS for its Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program.

MDHHS will support implementation of the fiveyear project called the Michigan Child Collaborative Care-Connect, also known as MC3-Connect. MDHHS will expand its partnership with the University of Michigan and build a new partnership with Michigan State University-Pediatrics. MC3 is in 50 counties in northern, western and southern Michigan. Expansion of this psychiatric consultation service will be in the thumb, mid-Michigan and western counties in the Upper Peninsula.

The project will provide same-day telephone psychiatric consultation from child, adolescent and perinatal psychiatrists from U-M or MSU to primary care providers regarding their patients, including children, youth and pregnant women, as well as telehealth evaluations for complex patients. Complex patients have mental health needs and may have experienced trauma or toxic stress or are at risk for a higher level of care – such as hospitalization or intensive treatment.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U4CMC32321, Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program as part of an award totaling $534,000, with 20 percent financed with state government resources. This information or content and conclusions are those of MDHHS, and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should an endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government. — G.G.

Career Awareness makes a difference for jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students

STATEWIDE — Hundreds of students across Michigan took part in Careers in Energy Week recently, including more than 225 students involved in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program across the Great Lakes State.

In its fifth year, Careers in Energy Week, planned by the collaborative Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC), provided hands-on opportunities for students to learn about career possibilities and career ladders in a growing industry. More than 108,000 Michigan residents hold energy related jobs today, and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency estimates energy jobs will grow by 6 percent through 2026.

DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Entergy Corporation, as well as the MIAT College of Technology all provided opportunities for JMG students during the week.

During the week, students from Southeast Career Pathways in Grand Rapids toured DTE’s Wealthy Station where they gained first-hand knowledge of what it takes to begin a career in the energy sector. — G.G.

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