LANSING, Mich. (July 1, 2022) — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement after the Michigan Legislature passed a $76.7 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget. The budget includes multiple health care initiatives the senator has advocated for, including the Sickle Cell Center of Excellence, trauma recovery centers, and the Team Wellness Center:

“Our communities are built by our people, so when residents feel supported — whether that’s through providing affordable and effective health care, positive changes to the judicial system, or providing support to struggling families — Michigan will succeed. Programs such as the Raise the Age, the Sickle Cell Center of Excellence, and providing increased wages to direct-care workers set the foundation of a strong budget that reflects the values of all Michiganders. I think today’s budget is a great piece of work and I’m proud we will be helping people not only in Southeast Michigan and Detroit, but across our great state.”

Specific investments earmarked in the budget include:

  • $51 million for Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network
  • $10 million Team Wellness Center
  • $6 million for Dearborn community pools
  • $5 million for Raise the Age Fund
  • $4.14 million for diaper banks
  • $4 million for trauma recovery centers
  • $2.5 million for Sickle Cell Center of Excellence
  • $2 million for Camp Dearborn
  • $1 million City of Detroit environmental monitoring
  • $1 million for American Indian Health & Family Services
  • $250,000 for the Arab American Civil Rights League
  • Continuation of $2.35 per hour increase direct-care worker wages