Workgroup releases interim report on Section 298 Initiative

Workgroup releases interim report on Section 298 Initiative
Report open for comment, public forum to be held in January

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today released the draft interim report for the Section 298 Initiative for public review. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The draft interim report contains a series of policy recommendations for the Michigan Legislature.

The interim report reflects the discussions and recommendations of the 298 Facilitation Workgroup. MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to assist with the development of the recommendations. The workgroup convened 44 Affinity Group meetings to gather input from more than 1,076 Michiganders, including 767 consumers and family members, 249 providers, 48 payers and 12 tribal health organizations.

MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup will create a final report for the Legislature, which will include the policy recommendations from the interim report and additional recommendations on integration models and benchmarks for implementation. Public review of the draft interim report will last from December 14, 2016 to January 4, 2017. MDHHS has established several opportunities to gather comments on the draft interim report, including:

  • A short online survey to gather feedback on the draft interim report. The survey can be accessed through this web link.
  • Written comments on the draft interim report are also being accepted. Comments can be sent via email to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov or by mail to the Section 298 Initiative, with the Policy, Planning, and Legislative Services Administration, South Grand Building, 5th Floor, 333 South Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48933.
  • A public forum to gather comments will also be held on January 3, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. The forum will be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus, located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive in Lansing. Individuals can RSVP to attend the public forum by using this web link.

MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup will use the comments from the public review process to refine and improve the policy recommendations in the interim report. MDHHS will submit the revised interim report to the legislature by January 15, 2017.

For more information about the draft interim report or the Section 298 Initiative, visit www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298 or send an email to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov.

Support the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference through Sponsorship!

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May & June: Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Training across the State of Michigan

Lutheran Social Services, Department of Human Services, and Fostering Success Michigan will soon be hosting five regional trainings across the State of Michigan. Each training will cover the Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV), the educational needs and requirements for children and youth in care, and various college resources for Foster Youth.

Registration is now available on JJOLT In-Service Training at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com, search for Educational Requirements and College Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!!

This is a great opportunity for workers to learn about the resources available for foster youth who are aging out and pursuing college, as well as how foster youth can best be served to ensure they make it to post-secondary programs.

Registration is open! 2014 Michigan Teen Conference - Take Charge of Your Journey

Do you know a youth in Foster Care or Independent Living who needs to learn about money management, employment, educational opportunities, healthy relationships, or housing? If you do, then help them pre-register for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference.

Youth must be ages 14 to 21 and in Foster Care or Independent Living. If attendees are under the age of 18, a chaperone MUST attend the conference with them and accompany them at all times. Caretakers of the youth and professionals who work with teens are also invited. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to make the challenging transition to adult life.

Workshops will feature topics such as:

• Budgeting/money management (beginner and advanced)
• College supportive programs (youth panel)
• Funding resources (ETV, YIT)
• Housing
• Job search/employment
• Legal rights of youth in care and as adults
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Social media
• Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care

In addition, a special Walk through Life will feature numerous life stations to visit and resources to grab at this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference. Stations will include:
• Education
• Employment
• Finances
• Housing
• Identification
• Transportation

Promote this event with foster youth and be pro-active: secure funding now!
Funding sources: YIT • MYOI • Private fund raising
Use registration form to calculate cost for your funding request.

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Adoption Option Inc.
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Michigan Department of Human Services–Youth In Transition
Michigan Federation for Children and Families

Use the Sponsor Form provided to add your name to this list.

Find all the details in the attachment posted below.

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

The Daniel J. Wright Foster Youth Scholarship is a $1,000 award for an Ingham County youth in foster care who plans to attend college in the fall of 2013. The nomination should include a short biography and an essay, written by the youth in 500 words or less, describing what he or she has overcome to finish high school and prepare for college. The nominees will be interviewed in mid-June, with the award following soon thereafter. Please submit applications to Kelly Howard at HowardK@courts.mi.gov, or via the online nomination survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6CMBBNJ by Monday, June 3, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Howard at (517) 373-8671. All of the details needed are provided in the attachment.

2012 Schedule of Training for Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families

Toward Successful Adoption: Your Child, Your Family, Your Community

This FREE training is designed for those who have adopted or who are thinking of adopting a child from the child welfare system. Three important areas will be covered:

  • Helping families cope with the ‹‹stress of transitioning children from foster care to adoption. 
  • Understanding the unique ‹‹needs of children who have been traumatized. 
  • Helpful strategies for finding ‹‹and using post adoption resources. 

Training sessions run Friday evening (6:00 PM–9:00 PM) through Saturday (9:00 AM–4:00 PM) on 12 different dates from March through September in cities across the state. Download the attached flier for the complete listing.


                                           Two New Trainings Added for 2012!

Cross Cultural Adoption: Beyond Race

  • Understand the impact of ‹‹ethnicity and culture on a child’s identity and self-esteem. 
  • Identify the tools and ‹‹tasks necessary to successfully raise a child of another race or culture.
  • May 5, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Lansing

Helping Children Make Successful Transitions in Adoption

  • Understand ways to lessen ‹‹the trauma of moves for children.
  • Learn ways to cope with ‹‹your emotions when helping children move.
  • May 5, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Lansing

The training is FREE, funded by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Attendees can qualify for a small stipend to assist with child care and mileage costs. 

All details and registration information can be found in the downloadable file below.

Child Welfare In-Service Training: Jan-Aug 2012: FREE

MSU School of Social Work, in conjunction with the other six Michigan graduate Schools of Social Work and the support of the Michigan Department of Human Services, is pleased to announce FREE training opportunities to DHS Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoption Workers and DHS-contracted private agencies’ foster care and adoption workers. The title of this collaborative project is Child Welfare In-Service Training.

Multiple human service, health, and education professionals who also serve the families involved with the child welfare system may find the workshops of interest; many of the workshop topics will have applicability beyond child welfare practice, thus a LIMITED number of FOR CHARGE spaces are available for interested professionals who work outside of DHS and the contracted private agencies. All courses offered are eligible for Social Work CECHs.

Early registration is encouraged. Registrations are nontransferable; if you register but are unable to attend, please contact the appropriate University at your earliest convenience so they might offer your unused space to someone else.

To learn more specifically about the MSU CW In-Service Training programs, you may view descriptions, objectives, faculty information, location, and pricing as well as registration instructions and tools by visiting: https://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/catalog.php.

Programs are listed under Child Welfare In-Service trainings.

A catalog of all of the courses available statewide can be downloaded below.

MDCH Bureau working to establish a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC)

The Michigan Department of Community Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse & Addiction Services (BSAAS) is working to transform the public substance use disorder service system into one that is focused on supporting individuals seeking recovery from this chronic illness. A ROSC requires a transformation of the entire service system to one more responsive to the needs of individuals and families that are impacted by addiction. To be effective, a recovery-oriented system must infuse the language, culture, and spirit of recovery throughout the entire system of care. The values and principles that are developed must be shaped by individuals, families, and community stakeholders. To this end, the Bureau has created a Transformation Steering Committee to guide the process and serve as an advisory group to partner with the state to lead this transformation. Read more about this effort in the first issue of The Transformational News, click here for a copy.

Special Review of Higher Risk Cases Period Three: 10/1/09-3/31/10

The Dwayne B. v. Granholm consent decree requires DHS to develop and implement a statewide Quality Assurance (QA) program, directed by a QA Unit established within the DHS central office. The Child Welfare QA Unit has been established as a division of the Child Welfare Improvement Bureau to ensure the provision of service in accordance with DHS philosophy. The Child Welfare QA Unit’s aim is to foster a continuous quality improvement (CQI) culture throughout DHS by introducing CQI concepts to all levels of the child welfare system, training staff on improvement processes and integrating CQI philosophy into long-term and everyday decision making. The QA unit has developed an internal capacity to undertake data collection, verification, and analysis in addition to case record reviews for the higher risk cases identified in the consent decree.

After the submission of the CQI plan in April 2009, the QA Unit began to conduct special reviews as specified by the consent decree. The Data Management Unit (DMU) provides an initial list of identified cases for the high-risk categories. The QA Unit reviews each identified case in the Foster Care Services Worker Support System (SWSS-FAJ) to pre-screen for possible data errors, and ensure that the case meets the cohort definition. The DMU and the QA Unit will continue to refine the querying process to the fullest extent possible.

The QA Unit completed special reviews for Period Three: October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. This report is a summary of the findings for the special case reviews conducted for during this period.

Child Welfare Training Institute (CWTI) In-service Training in the Upper Peninsula

cwtiHeader.jpgTo alleviate travel time and expense pressures, assist workers to comply with required in-service training hours, and to partner with colleagues, CWTI will be sending trainers to three separate regions of the U.P. this summer. CWTI trainers will provide half and full day sessions on a variety of topics. Dates, topics, and locations will be posted on JJOLT. It is recommended that supervisors consult with staff to facilitate registrations and maximize opportunity to attend and accrue in-service hours.

CWTI intends to provide three full days of training in each location. Individual session capacity will be posted on JJOLT with each of the dates and times. Staff may attend just one session or as many as interest and schedules permit.

The initial dates and locations are June 29 – July 1, 2010 at the DHS/OPD training center in Escanaba (Delta County).

Download June 7, 2010 below.


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