Central Michigan University will receive nearly $1.1 million in federal funding to support two initiatives that will enable the university to serve Michigan residents and communities.
CMU President Bob Davies said U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman John Moolenaar were instrumental in securing funding and support for CMU and its efforts in the community.
“We are grateful for the continued leadership and commitment of our federal elected officials,” Davies said.
The CMU College of Medicine will receive $960,000 to fund telepsychiatry for mental health services and suicide prevention in rural and medically underserved communities.
“Too many people living in small towns and rural communities in Michigan cannot access the behavioral health services they need close to home,” said Senator Stabenow. “I am pleased to partner with Central Michigan University in its efforts to make these essential services more accessible.”
CMU’s College of Medicine will work with local health care providers in central Michigan, including primary care practices, federally qualified health centers, and mental health agencies. The project will accelerate and improve access to care while providing education and training to area health care providers.
“This program will build on the existing practices of rural providers, equipping them with essential telehealth resources to support Michigan families. The increased behavioral health capacity provided by this program through CMU’s medical school will significantly expand vital patient access for residents in our area,” said Congressman Moolenaar.
Dr. George E. Kikano, CMU’s vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, said there is a hidden mental health crisis in the United States and that patients in rural parts of the Michigan desperately needed care and services. Support for this program will help deal with the crisis, he said.
“We are grateful to our government officials who respond to the needs of their constituents and support high quality services,” Kikano said.
The Clarke Historical Library will receive $135,000 to continue its efforts to digitize historic Michigan newspapers for historical and educational purposes. The project will digitize and make approximately 250,000 pages of historic Michigan newspapers freely available online. Over the past five years, the Clarke Historical Library has digitized nearly one million Michigan newspaper pages, some available at CMU and others online through partner institutions, including the Library of Congress.
“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure critical federal resources for Central Michigan University to expand access to mental health care services,” said Senator Peters. “This federal investment will help Michigan residents in rural communities overcome barriers to care and ensure that traditionally underserved communities receive the mental health care they need. I’m also thrilled to have supported Michigan’s newspaper digitization efforts that will provide Michiganians with easy access to our state’s rich history.