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Northern Michigan Mental Health Advocates React to Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address

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Mental health advocates from Northern Michigan reacted to Governor Whitmer’s plan to expand mental health care in her State of the State address Wednesday night.

Governor Whitmer called for an expansion of the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, which would help increase funding for mental health professionals in schools.

Before her State of the State, Governor Whitmer made a stop in Traverse City to hear from mental health advocates in the Northern Michigan region.

Dan Buron, Goodwill Northern Michigan’s Executive Director, was one of those advocates who attended the meeting.

He says the expansion of health professionals in schools is a step in the right direction.

“It’ll help to prevent a lot of long term problems by working on it as quickly as possible when the kids are still young,” said Buron. “It was a lot to go through, there’s a lot of social isolation with the pandemic, so I’m glad to see school getting additional support.”

Buron says he’s looking forward to continuing to work with Governor Whitmer on other mental health issues in Northern Michigan.