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Chuck Jackson joins the executive team at Starr Commonwealth

chuckjacksonDETROIT - William "Chuck" Jackson has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer, joining the senior leadership team of Starr Commonwealth, one of the leading non-profit, child and family services organizations in the state.

Jackson had been serving as Vice President of Community Based Programs since 2005 and Director of Starr Commonwealth's Detroit programs since 2001. He will remain Executive Director of StarrVista, a care management organization serving the at-risk and delinquent population of youth residing in northwest Detroit and Dearborn Heights, a collaboration between Starr Commonwealth and Vista Maria.

His appointment was approved during Starr Commonwealth's Board of Trustees meeting held July 10. In his new role, Jackson will set the direction and oversee all Starr Commonwealth programs at the organization's five locations in Michigan and Ohio, including the many programs and youth services provided to children and families in the greater Detroit area.

Jackson joined Starr Commonwealth in 1988 and has served troubled youth and their families in the Detroit metropolitan area with Starr for the past 20 years. Chuck has dedicated his career to serving children and youth and has served in a variety of leadership positions during his tenure at Starr, including case manager, senior clinician and several administrative roles. He also has been a pioneer in developing unique programs, such as Starr Detroit's Supervised Independent Living, Residential Transitional Reintegration Support programs and most recently a Substance Abuse program.

"Chuck models the core values on which Starr Commonwealth was built. He strives to help children and families and embodies all the characteristics of servant leadership, including integrity, excellence, compassion and faith." said Martin L. Mithcell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Commonwealth. “We, and the youth of Detroit, are fortunate to have benefited from Chuck's dedication, which is exactly why he has been selected as a leader in our organization."

In addition to his service at StarrVista and Starr Commonwealth, Chuck has been committed to the residents of Detroit as board member of the Board of Manhood, Inc. (a male mentorship program), mentor to 4th, 5th and 8thgraders in the Detroit Public Schools and a part-time professor of Sociology at Washtenaw Community College. He has co-facilitated seminars for the Institute for the Healing of Racism, is a member of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Task Force on Racial Diversity and is a certified facilitator for Starr's Healing of Racism. He also is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Detroit, a program designed for senior level executives to hone their skills and knowledge of the region.

Chuck is a 1988 graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology. He earned his Master's of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1994 and is working to complete his Doctoral degree in Sociology from Wayne State University.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to serve youth and families through this new role with Starr Commonwealth," Jackson said. "There are a lot of big things happening with our Detroit programs and I'm proud to be a part of an exciting future focused on the well being of children."

Founded in 1913, Starr Commonwealth is a nationally recognized children and family services nonprofit licensed by the States of Michigan and Ohio and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. The organization serves more than 4,000 children, families and professionals through strength-based residential and community-based programs in Albion, Battle Creek and Detroit, Michigan, and Van Wert and Columbus, Ohio. Services range from specialized treatment programs, treatment foster care, day treatment, mental health therapy, substance abuse and private therapeutic residential treatment. Starr also offers a variety of training for professionals working with youth.

Starr Commonwealth's Detroit office, 22400 W. 7 Mile Road, offers community-based services to youth through Structured Transitional Living (STL), Supervised Independent Living (SIL), foster care, substance abuse treatment, and services for adjudicated youth transitioning back into their homes and communities.

For more information, please visit www.starr.org or call the Detroit office at 313-794-4447.

Hugh Kocab accepts new position within Starr Commonwealth

HughKocabVAN WERT, OHIO - Hugh Kocab, longtime resident and a very active member of the Van Wert area community, has accepted a new position with Starr Commonwealth as Director of Peer Group Training.

Kocab has served Starr Commonwealth for the past 15 years in a variety of roles, including Senior Clinician, Assistant Director and most recently as Campus Director in Van Wert for the past 10 years.

He has extensive background in Starr's strength-based treatment philosophy and Positive Peer Culture. He also has been instrumental in the creation and development of Montcalm School for Girls. Under his leadership, the girls program has achieved excellent outcomes for young women and their families.

"We know Hugh's daily presence will be missed in Van Wert, but we are excited about the opportunity to utilize his talents and expertise at an organizational level to impact the lives of even more children," said Martin L. Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Commonwealth.

Prior to joining Starr Commonwealth, Kocab honed his skills through his work with United Methodist Children's Home in Worthington, Ohio, and in Virginia where he helped implement Positive Peer Culture into Jackson Field Home.

Since his arrival in Van Wert in 1993, Kocab has been highly visible and involved in the community as a member of various civic and local organizations, including Van Wert Elks, Rotary and Van Wert Area Jaycees.

Kocab will join Starr's Research, Evaluation & Training team in Albion, Michigan on Sept. 22. He will officially complete his work in Van Wert on Aug. 29 and will begin relocating with his family to Michigan. You are encouraged to send your best wishes and support to Hugh by calling Starr Commonwealth's Van Wert campus at 419-238-4051.

Vice Presidents Randy Copas and Tom Tate will temporarily lead the Van Wert campus until a new Director is selected.

Founded in 1913, Starr Commonwealth is a nationally recognized children and family services nonprofit licensed by the States of Michigan and Ohio and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. The organization serves more than 4,000 children, families and professionals through strength-based residential and community-based programs in Albion, Battle Creek and Detroit, Michigan, and Van Wert and Columbus, Ohio. Services range from specialized treatment programs, treatment foster care, day treatment, mental health therapy, substance abuse and private therapeutic residential treatment. Starr also offers a variety of training for professionals working with youth.

For more information on Starr Commonwealth, visit www.starr.org or call 800-837-5591.

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July 17, 31; Aug. 7, 21: Understanding Infant Adoption (UIA)

UIAlogoHealth care and helping professionals are partners in the process of disseminating information on options counseling and the adoption option. This professional development opportunity is designed to help health care and helping professionals serving pregnant women and teens discuss adoption as an option with patients and clients who are not sure that they are able to parent the child. The Understanding Infant Adoption (UIA) curriculum is based on the belief that in the situation of an unplanned/unintended pregnancy women, men and teens should be provided information and counseling in a nondirective, non-coercive manner in order to make an informed decision.

The training includes: a copy of the Participant Handbook, a Michigan Referral and Resource Guide. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Topics include: Non-Directive, Non-Coercive Intervention Techniques, Michigan Adoption Law, Birthparents' Rights and Responsibilities, Current Adoption Practice, Cultural Issues & Needs of Teens. Earn FREE CONTACT OR CEU HOURS

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Sign up to attend one of the following sessions: July 17, July 31, August 7, or August 21, 2008

Location for all sessions: Spaulding For Children 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 120 Southfield MI, 48075. Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Register online at www.IAATP.com

Click here for a full description of the program: Understanding Infant Adoption

New adoption office in Grand Rapids

LASlogoLutheran Adoption Service (LAS), a partnership between LSSM and Lutheran Child and Family Service of Michigan (LCFS), had opened an office in the Grand Rapids area. LAS staffer Christopher Fisher is working from the new LCFS office at 1715 Sutherland Drive SE, Kentwood, MI 49508. The phone number is (616) 281-4706, fax is (616) 281-4696, and email is cfish@lssm.org.

Welcome Hands Across the Water

HandsAcrosstheWaterlogoThe Michigan Federation Board of Directors was very pleased this week to unanimously approve the application for Full Membership from Hands Across the Water, a private, nonprofit agency based in Ann Arbor. The agency, led by Director Kathleen Nelson, provides both domestic and international adoption, education and foster care services. Please visit www.hatw.org for more information. Welcome to the Federation Kathleen!

Jim Scherrer presents Senator Stabenow with Advocate Award

ScherrerStabenowDCJim Scherrer, Executive Director of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, attended the Child Welfare League of America National conference last week in Washington DC and presented Senator Stabenow with the CWLA Congressional Advocate of the Year award.

Wedgwood Institute offers trainings that qualify for SW CECHs

Wedgwood Christian Services recently announced the formation of the Wedgwood Institute, whose purpose is to provide top-quality opportunities for Lifelong Learning to agency employees, clinical professionals and others in the West Michigan community and throughout the state. Wedgwood Institute will offer a diverse range of topics designed to deepen understanding and strengthen the quality of responses to the needs of children, clients and customers. The Institute’s offerings are aimed at four basic audiences: Wedgwood employees; clinical professionals—providing advanced-level training to therapists, social workers, psychologists and others required to earn CEs; community-oriented education; and management and leadership. See what’s available by clicking here. Two trainings are scheduled for this fall:

➢  September 19: Trauma Treatment with Adolescents (5 CECHs, Course Approval #031607-03)
➢  November 14: Substance Abuse Prevention: A Community Collaborative Approach (CECHs pending)
Download the brochure using this link: Wedgwood Institute Sep 19 and Nov 14 trainings

For more information or to bring Wedgwood training to your agency/area, contact Vito Lentini, MS, Assoc. Dir., Staff Development at Wedgwood Christian Services, (616) 831-5642, vitol@wedgwood.org

July 20: "Grant Writing is Elementary" offered by Judson Center

Below is a registration form for the upcoming training on Grant Writing is Elementary offered by Judson Center. This training is appropriate for BMSWs, SSTs and LMSWs. For additional information, visit www.judsoncenter.org for upcoming trainings.This program is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 5 CE Clock Hours. Course approval is # 052907-03. JudsonGrantWritingTrainingJudson Center is an approved provider of Continuing Education (CE) in the State of Michigan and is excited about providing CEs for professionals in the field of Social Work. They believe that professional development is critical to providing quality and competent services to the consumers we work with. They also believe that quality training needs to be affordable.

Grantees announced for Homeless Youth Housing Initiative

MSHDA has announced the grantees of $3 million to provide up to two years of tenant-based rental assistance targeted to homeless youth. Congratulations to Federation member Family Counseling & Children's Services of Lenawee County whose $311,000 grant will serve approximately 30 youth in Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw Counties. Click here for the full announcement.

Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse Information

There are often issues of school personnel and other mandated reporters' obligation to report suspected child abuse to Children's Protective Services. The Chance at Childhood Program at MSU has put together this very brief, excellent resource brochure for school personnel about reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. They will be putting out similar brochures for other mandated reporters, but, in the meanwhile, this brochure is appropriate for any mandated reporter.

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