June 8-9, 2017 Training Event – LGBTQI Youth: Improving Outcomes for Youth, Families, and Communities

Juvenile Justice Registration Form - June 2017 Training Event

June 8-9, 2017 Training Event – LGBTQI Youth: Improving Outcomes for Youth, Families, and Communities

Cost to attend is $25 for Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 members, $10 for all students, and $50 for non-members. Additional membership information is available at: https://www.gvsu.edu/juvenilejusticevision2020/join-us-3.htm

In the United States as a whole, and certainly within the juvenile justice community, issues surrounding LGBTQI people are coming to light at a rapid pace.  In an effort to address the growing number of questions regarding treatment and placement of this population, the Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Executive Team is pleased to present “LGBTQI Youth: Improving Outcomes for Youth, Families and Communities”.  In partnership with the PREA Resource Center, the Executive Team has secured trainer and advocate Mykel Selph, former Director of the Office of Girls and Gender at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, IL.  A second training event centered on related LGBTQI issues is scheduled for October 26-27, 2017.

Register TODAY! June 21-22, 2017 Michigan Teen Conference • 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.

May 4: Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, MDHHS Director Nick Lyon, youth, parents and others who are coming together to raise awareness, reduce stigma and build partnerships around children’s mental health.

Michigan Capitol Rotunda
100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing
May 4
11 a.m. – Noon

Did you know?
One in five children suffer from a mental health challenge. Yet less than 20 percent of those affected get the supports and services they need

Over 50 percent of students aged 14 or older with severe mental health challenges drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

Mental health challenges get better with care that is individualized, family driven, youth guided, trauma-informed, coordinated and comprehensive.

Event Date: 
05/04/2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 

What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now? Yesterday The Michigan League for Public Policy released the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to find out.

The book examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2008/2009, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom half of states in the national KIDS COUNT rankings and there are significant disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, place and income.

Child poverty continues to be a major problem facing Michigan kids. More than 1 in 5 (22%) Michigan children lived in poverty in 2015, a 15% rate increase since 2008. Poverty rates are significantly worse for kids of color, with 47% of African-American kids and 30% of Latino kids living in poverty compared to 15% for White kids in 2015. Nearly 28% of children in rural counties live in poverty, 24% in midsize counties and 22% in urban counties, although poverty increased at the highest rate for urban areas.

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.”

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