Welcome to newest Federation Full Member: StarrVista, Inc.

The Federation is pleased to announce StarrVista has been approved by the Board of Directors as a Full Member of the Federation. Led by Michelle Rowser, CEO, the COA-accredited agency is a Care Management Organization (CMO) with the capacity to serve the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness and other governing bodies thoughout the child welfare system. StarrVista is responsible for the youth and families residing in NW Detroit and Dearborn Heights who have had contact with the court system. They provide case management services through referrals to residential and community-based programs, Medicaid enrollment for out of home placements, monitoring of their progress in school and home and representation in court. 

Learn more about the agency at http://www.starrvista.org  Welcome, Michelle and staff! 



Deadline November 7 for 2017 Community Health Impact Grant

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund has opened the 2017 Community Health Impact grant round, which may be of interest to members of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families. The RFP has just been released for the fall; these grants are for up to $100,000, and there are several areas that grants may address (see page 2), but their preference in this round is “health-related technology enhancements.”

The application process for these grants has a deadline of November 7. For more information on the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, visit the following website where you will find a page dedicated to their grant-making strategy and frequently asked questions: http://healthendowmentfund.org.

If you have questions, contact Megan Murphy at megan@mhealthfund.com.

Nurturing Programs® Facilitation Training

Event Date: 
10/24/2016 - 9:00am to 10/26/2016 - 4:30pm

This special training is for professionals working with children, teens and families through group, home-based and individual services. The presenter will be national trainer/consultant Donald Guernsey, MS, LMFT, FSAC. The training is sponsored by Federation member agencies Hands Across the Water and Eagle Village and will be held at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s North Branch in Macomb, MI. Find all the details in the attachment posted below.

Clinton-Macomb Public Library, North Branch; 16800 24 Mile Road, Macomb, MI 48042

Save the date • RFPs sought for February 27, 2017, 5th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Proposals are being sought for presentations at the Federation’s 5th Annual 2017 Residential Treatment Conference, themed “Residential Treatment: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities,” which will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, MI, on Monday, February 27, 2017. Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference, related to the overall conference theme and goals. All proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2016, at noon to rose@michfed.org. Individuals who submit RFPs will be made aware of the Planning Committee’s session selection decisions on or before December 1, 2016. Find the RFP form posted below.

2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities

Attached below you will find the NEW 2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing In-Person, Leadership, and Webinar trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS.

The Leadership training opportunities are unique to supporting supervisors on retention-focused management. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors. 

Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the NEW Caregiver training opportunities—both in-person and webinar offerings as well.

All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn Social Work CE hours.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses—and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!


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