In brief

Conservation events in Genesee County

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee Conservation District is hosting three separate events for residents to get involved in conservation right here in Genesee County. First visit the tree sale and show support by purchasing seedlings and attending the native plant workshop. Next up join the District as they celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees at Longway Park. Finally, get out your cameras to show us your plants, as the District asks residents to show off their green thumbs and submit photos of the trees, plants and shrubs they’ve planted and nurtured at their homes.

The Annual Reforestation Event will be held on April 25, at Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, 101 Burton St., Flint. At the Annual Reforestation event, Tree Sale participants are invited to pick-up their 2019 tree sale orders from 9 am – 6pm. There will be additional trees, fruits, and native wildflowers for sale while supplies last. The District will be hosting a Native Plant Workshop during the Reforestation Event starting at 1 p.m.

On April 26, come plant trees with Genesee Conservation District and Genusee™ at Longway Park in Flint. To Celebrate Arbor Day the District is, once again, partnering with Genusee™ to plant 200 trees at Longway Park. The tree planting event is from 3 pm- 5 pm and volunteers are welcome and needed.

Starting April 25 and concluding in September the Genesee Conservation District is encouraging residents to #show us your plants by taking pictures of trees, flowers, fruits and shrubs they have planted at their homes, business or local recreation areas. Details: Call 810-820-2681 or email geneseecd@yahoo.com. — G.G.

Project will increase access to care and expand provider network

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Michigan’s application for a new Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services.

This project is expected to improve health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries by increasing access to high quality opioid use disorder/SUD care and expand the provider networks available to serve Michigan residents.

This demonstration will allow Michigan to broaden residential substance use disorder services in the state’s existing network of SUD providers. Additionally, the demonstration provides the state the ability to use Medicaid funding to pay for services in residential and withdrawal management treatment facilities that would otherwise be excluded from federal reimbursement.

The state and CMS expect that offering a full continuum of SUD treatment and recovery supports based on American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and SUD-specific program standards will result in improved health outcomes and sustained recovery.

This demonstration seeks to accomplish these efforts by:

Establishing an integrated behavioral health delivery system that includes a flexible and comprehensive SUD benefit and the Michigan continuum of care.

Enhancing provider competency related to the use of ASAM criteria or other nationally recognized SUD-specific program standards for patient assessment and treatment.

Expanding the treatment continuum of residential care including medically necessary use of qualified residential treatment facilities regardless of the size of the facility, withdrawal management programming and medication assisted treatment and recovery.

Expanding the use of recovery coach delivered support services.

Establishing coordination of care models between SUD providers, primary care and other behavioral health providers.

Michigan will begin to provide SUD services through this demonstration starting Oct. 1. — G.G.

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