Register today! February 27, 2017 Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Registration is open for the Federation’s 5th Annual 2017 Residential Treatment Conference, “Residential Treatment: Minimizing Risks, Maximizing Opportunities,” at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, MI, on Monday, February 27, 2017. Program details coming soon.

Register now! Group registrations are encouraged; lock in lowest price now, submit names later. Price goes up $25 each after January 31, 2017.

Sponsor, Exhibit and Advertising opportunities available now...see brochure posted below.

Target audience: Child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, court, and school workers, supervisors, program managers and CEOs. Others who could benefit: judges referees and court administrators; prosecutors/assistant attorneys general; parents' attorneys and lawyer-guardians ad litem; probation officers; tribal court judges, attorneys and related staff; and school social workers and administrators.

Federation Board President Testifies to Senate Oversight Committee

On Thursday, December 1, Federation Board President and Highfields President/CEO of Highfields Brian Philson testified before the Senate Oversight Committee on SBs 1148-49. The bills, sponsored by Chairman Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford), relate to the Child Care Fund. The Michigan Federation has worked with leadership at the MDHHS, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Association of Family Court Administrators and the Michigan Legislature for more than a year to develop strategies and process to create a leaner, more efficient payment system as outlined in these bills. Chairman MacGregor noted this workgroup began 18 months ago, and all parties have been working so well together, particularly given that this is the first time all of these stakeholders have worked together in this way.

SB 1148 establishes reimbursement procedures for an appeal of determination made regarding reimbursement of a Child Care Fund cost incurred. SB 1149 designates the state as the first payer for expenditures for children placed with the Department for care, supervision, or placement.

2016 Annual Report to Membership

2016 Annual Report to the Membership—As you know, the Federation is in the forefront of advocacy and action on behalf of vulnerable children and families in Michigan. Not only is our input and feedback sought out by the state’s leadership, it is well respected and acted upon. Find a summary of the past year’s highlights in our 2016 Annual Report to the Membership, attached below. Request print copies by emailing

2016 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report available for purchase

The 2016 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report was mailed on September 30, 2016, to each Federation member agency representative and HR director, as per Executive Committee policy. It is available for purchase by other interested parties.

Data in this 2016 report was provided by 50 private, nonprofit human service agencies across Michigan. The Salaries section summarizes over 8,600 actual hourly wages reported. All report information is displayed in aggregate and in two subsets to permit a closer comparison among similarly sized organizations—agencies with annual budgets less than $6 million and agencies with annual budgets more than $6 million. When fewer than five data items were reported for a particular survey element, the information is not displayed, in keeping with guidelines of the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Rose Homa, Many thanks to those who invested their time and energy completing this survey; you’ve made this an especially valuable resource for yourselves and your colleagues!

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  Welcome, Michelle and staff! 



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