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.

Help Raise Awareness
Tell us how you’re celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on social media by joining the ACMH live feed at

This event is hosted by the Association for Children’s Mental Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day • Register today!

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to adjustment)
8:30 AM – 8:55 AM    Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Morning program
Crisis Management • Presenter Bob VandePol
Legal Updates • Presenter Attorney Jeff Fraser

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM • Afternoon program
Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities • Presenter and Panelists TBA
Wrap-up and Evaluations

LOCATION:  Michigan Chamber of Commerce • 600 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933

THIS FULL-DAY TRAINING IS FOR: CEOs & COOs • Business Managers • Administrative Coordinators • HR Directors/Coordinators/Specialists/Generalists 

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and PAY by APRIL 30.


Thank you to Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit for their support of this seminar on behalf of the Federation Human Resources Member Interest Network.

May 19: Self-care: FREE 6th Annual Foster-Adoptive Conference at Ferris State University • Register now!

Attention private agencies: The Lake-Mecosta-Missaukee-Newaygo-Osceola-Wexford area (LMNOW Coalition—comprising Eagle Village, Holy Cross Children’s Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, Bethany Christian Services, PARC & DHHS) will host a FREE 6-hour training experience at Ferris State University on Friday, May 19.

The theme is "self-care."

Please alert your agency’s foster-adoptive parents, inquiries, churches you may be working with, your CMH or contractors for services, and courts in your area. Staff and community supports are welcome, although possibly on a limited basis later due to foster-adoptive parent response. The day-long training (six hours) will be a seamless presentation from keynote to closing about how agencies can care for employees and clients, where trauma triggers arise, how to work with this, and why/how caretakers can address their own self-care.

Discounted hotel available.

The full details are described in the brochure attached below.


2015 Senior Management Conference

Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at Shanty Creek Cedar River Village in Belaire, MI. 


Family Preservation MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Federation members only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/IL MIN Meeting Day

Federation Members Only. More information will be emailed out to MIN group members. 

HR Lunch & Learn and HR MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only: 


Wednesday, OCTOBER 1, 2014, at the Federation office.


11:30 - 12:00    LUNCH compliments of Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency 

                —Order lunch when you RSVP


12:00 - 1:00         HR LEARN session with Denise Neuhaus of BHS Ins. Agency

                   Topic: "Conducting Employment Interviews" 

                We will discuss best practice techniques for developing interview questions. 

                In addition, we will discuss what to include on your employment application….bring yours with you to share (20 copies)!


1:00 - 2:30           HR MIN meeting …. request agenda items when you RSVP.

Adoption, Licensing, Foster Care & Independent Living MINs Meet

Federation member's only
July 16, 2014
Adoption MIN
Licensing MIN
Foster Care MIN
Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN

Federation Board of Directors Meeting

Federation Board Members and Agency Representatives Only

November 12, 2014
Noon - 3:00 PM


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