Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on health care in that time as well as prison and juvenile justice reform. Roelofs spent nearly three decades at the Grand Rapids Press where he covered politics, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rural poverty and mental illness among the homeless. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Reach Ted at ted.roelofs@gmail.com

Articles

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

Dana Nessel appeals unemployment fraud case to Michigan Supreme Court

Dana Nessel appeals unemployment fraud case to Michigan Supreme Court

January 16, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The state asks the court to reject the right of thousands of workers to collect monetary damages.

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

January 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An Amish community, with help from the ACLU, argues that Lenawee County is violating its religious freedom by demanding it stop using outhouses and spreading human waste in fields. Local residents are backing the Amish. 

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

Michigan Republican pushes to deregulate health care. Some hospitals call foul.

January 8, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A GOP legislative package would remove barriers to small rural hospitals expanding or offering some of the same services as larger hospitals in the region. Both sides say their vision would lower costs. 

Michigan settles juvenile inmate sex assault claims as trial nears

Michigan settles juvenile inmate sex assault claims as trial nears

January 4, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

For seven years, Republican and Democratic attorneys general fought the allegations in state and federal court before reaching an apparent deal. The terms were not immediately announced. 

 A Detroit foster child considered suicide. Then Western Michigan called.

A Detroit foster child considered suicide. Then Western Michigan called.

January 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Hundreds of foster children have found support and triumph through a scholarship program tailored to foster kids at WMU. For one young woman, the program may have saved her life. 

How Michigan shortchanges foster children facing life as adults

How Michigan shortchanges foster children facing life as adults

January 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Agencies intended to keep children safe, physically and mentally, fall woefully short. And when a successful program begins to gain traction, funding to expand it across the state is kneecapped by Lansing politics. 

Michiganders: Take this test for childhood trauma

Michiganders: Take this test for childhood trauma

December 13, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In one survey, nearly 1 in 5 Michigan adults answered “yes” to at least four of these questions about traumatic events from their youth.

Childhood trauma is tied to health risks, but Michigan doctors don’t ask

Childhood trauma is tied to health risks, but Michigan doctors don’t ask

December 13, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Researchers says multiple childhood traumas have serious physical and mental health implications. But few Michigan physicians are trained to look for them.

 Finding suicide risk in blood clues. Michigan patients to be tested.

Finding suicide risk in blood clues. Michigan patients to be tested.

December 8, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A study involving Grand Rapids researchers and Columbia University seeks to identify links between certain blood markers and people at greater risk of attempting suicide.

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

December 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The Court of Appeals rules on a lawsuit on behalf of workers falsely accused of unemployment fraud by a state agency computer system.

Michigan finds some success fighting opiate crisis on front line: emergency rooms

Michigan finds some success fighting opiate crisis on front line: emergency rooms

November 20, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Three Detroit hospitals give overdose patients hope by combining medication with community-based treatment. Even so, Michigan is behind other states in intervention.

Attorney General Dana Nessel takes hard line in juvenile inmate rape cases

Attorney General Dana Nessel takes hard line in juvenile inmate rape cases

November 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Like her predecessor Bill Schuette, Nessel is contesting every claim by juveniles who said they were raped by adult prisoners — including whether the teens, some as young as 14, can be called children at trial.

Juvenile rape accuser: ‘Regardless of what I did, I was still a child’

Juvenile rape accuser: ‘Regardless of what I did, I was still a child’

November 4, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Two former juvenile inmates describe being raped by adults in a Michigan prison. Attorney General Dana Nessel contests the claims as the case heads to trial. (WARNING: Video contains graphic and explicit language and content)

For 10,000 Michigan counselors, bill’s passage a sigh of relief

For 10,000 Michigan counselors, bill’s passage a sigh of relief

October 29, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Tuesday that preserves the right of counselors to diagnose and practice psychotherapy in the state. The measure effectively overrules a licensing agency’s bid to restrict their professional practice.

Water protection hits close to home for Grand Rapids audience

Water protection hits close to home for Grand Rapids audience

October 24, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A Center for Michigan water conference Thursday took place within miles of a PFAS contamination site. Experts weighed in on key challenges the state faces to keeping water clean and safe.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

October 18, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In much of rural Michigan, and in Detroit, fewer than 20 percent of residents get flu shots, even though the vaccine makes it far less likely that people will die or get seriously ill from the virus.

 New law shields 10,000 Michigan counselors from limits to their practice

New law shields 10,000 Michigan counselors from limits to their practice

October 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

The measure approved Thursday overrides proposed state regulatory changes critics said would be “devastating” to mental health care in Michiga

In the spring, Gov. Whitmer praised an opioid clinic. In the fall, a veto.

In the spring, Gov. Whitmer praised an opioid clinic. In the fall, a veto.

October 8, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes in the Michigan budget included funds for Andy’s Place, an opioid recovery project near Jackson that she endorsed months ago. The planned facility is in the district of Republican budget and political foe Mike Shirkey.

Michigan counselors fighting ban on right to diagnose, give psychotherapy

Michigan counselors fighting ban on right to diagnose, give psychotherapy

October 3, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Licensed counselors fear that new regulations could put them out of business. Psychologists have long argued that counselors need more training to perform more serious mental health work. A hearing takes place Friday.

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