In brief

Genesee Health Plan to host ‘Trunk or Treat’ on Oct. 25

FLINT — Health and safety go hand in hand this Halloween season. Genesee Health Plan will host its first “Trunk or Treat” event on Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at its office located at 2171 S. Linden Rd.

The trunk or treat event is a way for community members and families to come together to enjoy safe and fun trick-or-treating. Enrollment into health care coverage and other resources will be available inside of the GHP office. There will also be a water giveaway for Flint residents. — G.G.

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute hosts coping with cancer series

FLINT — Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) presents a series of free educational programs for cancer victims, survivors and their families. “Coping with Cancer” consists of weekly sessions on Thursdays through Nov. 21. You can attend the ones of your choice. All classes are held in the lobby of GHCI from 3 pm to approximately 4:30 p.m.

Here is the list of topics:

Day-to-day life: daily routine, faith and spirituality – Oct. 24

Support for caregivers: dealing with being a caregiver, taking care of yourself, helping with advanced cancer care – Oct. 31

Survivorship: the new normal, follow-up medical care, late side effects, family issues, questions to ask when you have finished treatment – Nov. 7

Radiation therapy: what it is, what to expect during the planning phase, possible side effects– Nov. 14

Chemotherapy: what it is, chemotherapy teaching, possible side effects – Nov. 21

To sign up for the sessions of your choice, call GHCI at 810-762-8226. — G.G.

MDHHS to conduct substance abuse disorder treatment needs

LANSING — A $3.4 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will allow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to conduct a needs assessment of substance abuse disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery provider capacity for the state’s Medicaid program.

Michigan has been significantly impacted by the nation’s opioid epidemic, experiencing an opioid overdose death rate of 21.2 deaths per 100,000 residents, nearly 1.5 times greater than the national rate of 14.9 deaths per 100,000 residents. A recent study found that only 20 percent of Michiganders with an SUD diagnosis received treatment.

The needs assessment will help determine current use of and need for SUD services, where additional SUD services are needed in the state, how many additional providers are required to address the need, and strategies to increase the number of patients current providers can serve.

Specific activities will occur during the 18-month grant period, September 2019 – March 2021.

At the end of the 18 months, CMS will select at least five states to implement proposed policy changes reflecting the needs assessment. This will include an increased federal match for Medicaid SUD treatment and recovery services. — G.G.