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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
October 1, 2019 | Ted Roelofs
Cyberattacks on public bodies and hospitals in Michigan can cost millions if they don’t take steps to train workers and protect computer systems. “It’s just going to get worse,” one expert told Bridge Magazine.
September 29, 2019 | Ted Roelofs
For Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, in a sparsely populated former mining region in remote Michigan, merger points to a brighter future.