In a healthy community, members must have access to quality mental and physical health services and there must be a stable infrastructure so workers are able to support their families. Members of a healthy community must feel safe to express their identity and engage in healthy discussions so that common ground can be found for the good of the whole.
Many of our friends and neighbors struggle to meet the rising costs of prescription drugs. Sarah’s friend, a minimum wage Direct Support Professional, was accidentally pierced by a dirty needle while on the job. Having no health insurance, the drug she needed to prevent HIV contamination cost $4,000. Sarah will work to assemble a commission to stabilize drug prices, support capping insulin pricing like they do in Colorado, and work to allow FDA approved drugs to be sold from Canada so that her friend, and all members of our community, won’t have to make a decision between food on their tables and their health needs.
Local Revenue Sharing
Our local governments provide services that our State or Federal Governments cannot. This is why they are so important to our communities, especially our smaller townships. They provide garbage services, hire police officers and firefighters to protect us, and maintain the cemeteries of our loved ones. These services keep our communities moving. Unfortunately over the last 10 years, state revenue sharing to local townships and municipalities has dropped significantly. We must restore this income to our local communities. To do this, Sarah pledges to restore our local revenue sharing income to at least its 2008 level and always be mindful of the federal grant programs available to smaller communities.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we need to treat it with the same urgency- working with our mental health professionals to determine the resources they need to support their critical work in our communities. There is a severe shortage in the number of psychiatric beds for adults and especially minors. There is also a shortage of mental health providers- felt even more so in our rural communities. We do not have enough psychiatrists, social workers, or therapists to meet the growing need for mental health care and insure that help is affordable. Collectively, we must confront the stigma that is still felt by many when they reach out for help. As people in our community get the care they need, they will be able to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
Sarah stands for a 21st century infrastructure program. By investing in our state can we build a future for our children, and make Michigan competitive in the global economy. Good infrastructure means investing in roads that carry our trade efficiently and help keep our cars out of the repair shop. It means access to high-speed internet, in every single home in our district. And it means safe drinking water in all of our communities.
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