May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day • Register today!

Event Date: 
05/10/2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to adjustment)
8:30 AM – 8:55 AM    Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Morning program
Crisis Management • Presenter Bob VandePol
Legal Updates • Presenter Attorney Jeff Fraser

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM • Afternoon program
Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities • Presenter and Panelists TBA
Wrap-up and Evaluations

LOCATION:  Michigan Chamber of Commerce • 600 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933

THIS FULL-DAY TRAINING IS FOR: CEOs & COOs • Business Managers • Administrative Coordinators • HR Directors/Coordinators/Specialists/Generalists 

April 7-8: Empowered to Connect Simulcast

Open Arms Foster Care and Adoption Ministry of Trinity Church is hosting the Empowered to Connect Simulcast on April 7-8.   Register today at for a powerful time of bringing hope and healing to children from hard places.

The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. It features Trust-Based Relational InterventionⓇ (TBRI) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.

Contact for more information.

MDHHS submits final 298 report to the legislature

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the final report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan legislature. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The initiative is based upon Section 298 of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations act, which directed MDHHS to develop a report with recommendations to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The final report chronicles the history of the statewide discussion and summarizes feedback and input from consumers, providers, payers, and advocates on this issue.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the 298 Workgroup for their commitment and shared belief that we can do more to improve the integration of behavioral and physical health services,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We look forward to continued dialogue with our partners and supporting the legislature as they review the recommendations.”

Rapping Dad Derek Clark to provide opening keynote for June 21-22, 2017 Michigan Teen Conference • Registration is open • Sponsorships available

Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child, he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age 5. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled. Eventually, with the help of foster parents, a fantastic social worker and mentors, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows first-hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.

Derek is an inspiring motivational speaker/trainer and the author of six books, including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.

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