Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab.

The proposal, if approved by the Republican-led Legislature, would account for more than a fifth of Michigan’s $6.5 billion in discretionary rescue funding approved by Congress and President Joe Biden.

Whitmer wants $335 million in grants to improve access to treatments for autism, behavioral health and substance abuse.

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