House Approves Psychiatric Bed Database for Mental Health Services and Update on Michigan CARES Hotline

House Approves Psychiatric Bed Database for Mental Health Services and Update on Michigan CARES Hotline

Many times, when an individual has a mental health crisis or is brought to the hospital by law enforcement, there are not enough psychiatric beds available to place the individual.

The House of Representatives approved my legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to work with various stakeholders to develop and maintain a state database that contains information about the number and locations of available beds, and make this database accessible to facilities and providers.

This will allow us to get individuals the …

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Tax relief for stillbirths gets unanimous vote in state House of Representatives

Tax relief for stillbirths gets unanimous vote in state House of Representatives

From the Detroit Free Press:

LANSING – The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to restore tax relief for families who experience a stillbirth.

The bill was especially meaningful for state Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover, whose daughter Amy Jo was stillborn on Christmas Day in 1995.

“She entered the world without a breath or a cry, but lives on in our hearts,” she said of her daughter. “To be able to provide the tax relief, to know that we’re helping families in that way, brings …

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Comments from Mary Whiteford on Stillbirth Tax Exemption Passage

Comments from Mary Whiteford on Stillbirth Tax Exemption Passage

“This is about what’s most important – our families, particularly those going through the very difficult time after losing a baby,” said Whiteford, of Allegan County’s Casco Township. “There is nothing we can do to take away the pain and loss for families dealing with a stillbirth. But we can acknowledge the baby, and provide some financial relief on expenses.”

There are roughly 550 to 650 stillbirths in Michigan each year, according to recent statistics. Families dealing with stillbirths often face thousands of dollars in expenses, …

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Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct

A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well as new penalties for individuals who abuse their positions of authority to stop others from reporting sexual misconduct to area law enforcement.

“This legislation is the next step we’re taking to prevent another …

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Whiteford Earns Coveted Farm Bureau Endorsement

Whiteford Earns Coveted Farm Bureau Endorsement

From the Michigan Farm Bureau –

October 16, 2015

Contact: Matt Kapp, 517-679-5338 

LANSING — Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac announced endorsements of candidates seeking to fill three vacancies in the Michigan House of Representatives. After discussing recommendations from candidate evaluation committees in Allegan, Kent and Lapeer counties, the political arm of Michigan’s largest farm group put its support behind Mary Whiteford, David LaGrand and Gary Howell.

Mary Whiteford is seeking to represent Michigan’s 80th house district, comprising all of Allegan County except Dorr, Leighton and Wayland townships. The seat was vacated by the …

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Whiteford Earns Michigan Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

Whiteford Earns Michigan Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of candidate Mary Whiteford in her bid for election to the 80th State House District in Allegan County. The special election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

“Mary Whiteford will be a strong supporter of job creation and economic growth and we are pleased to endorse her in this special election,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “The residents of Allegan County deserve better representation. We believe Whiteford possesses the experience and strength …

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Election Date is set for November 3rd.

Allegan County – On Friday September 11th, Governor Snyder officially announced the Primary Election for the 80th District will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.  So, we have 52 days and lots of work to do.  Please take a moment and join our team.  We appreciate all your support.

~ The campaign team at www.VoteMaryWhiteford.com

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Challenger takes aim at seat held by Gamrat

Challenger takes aim at seat held by Gamrat

 

FILLMORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) – We’re hearing from the woman who lost to state Rep. Cindy Gamrat last year in the race for the 80th House district’s seat.

Mary Whiteford said Tuesday she’ll challenge Gamrat for that seat next year. Whiteford says the sex scandal involving Gamrat and Lapeer’s Todd Courser is a distraction keeping Gamrat from adequately representing the people in the 80th district.

Whiteford said she hopes Gamrat will resign. If the seat were to become available, Whiteford said she’d be a candidate to replace …

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Candidate says she’s ready to take State Rep. Cindy Gamrat’s seat

Candidate says she’s ready to take State Rep. Cindy Gamrat’s seat

 

A small business owner and former ER nurse is hoping to unseat State Representative Cindy Gamrat.

Gamrat is at the center of a sex and cover-up scandal in Lansing.

Republican Mary Whiteford says she’s ready to run for Gamrat’s seat, whether she resigns or not. Gamrat has not resigned, but she’s not taken the option off the table either.

“I’ve been mortified to find that the 90,000 people of Allegan County have had no representation. None at all,” Whiteford said.

Whiteford says she’s praying for Gamrat and her family. …

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WoodTV – Mary Whiteford announces run for Gamrat’s seat

WoodTV – Mary Whiteford announces run for Gamrat’s seat

 

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Mary Whiteford announced she will run for Allegan County’s 80th District seat, currently held by embattled Rep. Cindy Gamrat.

Whiteford made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning stating that her campaign will be about “solutions not distractions.” She said she is prepared to run in the following election.

“My thoughts and prayers go to Cindy Gamrat and her family,” stated Whiteford. “Nonetheless, this district needs effective representation, now, and Cindy Gamrat can no longer provide that for the constituents.” Whiteford continued, …

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