FYI

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services!

Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services—The Federation Board has voted to approve the Full Member application of Family and Community Services, Inc. submitted by Brandon Hannah, director of the agency’s DHHS programs. With a main office located in Sterling Heights and branch offices in Howell and Monroe, the agency serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson and Monroe counties. The agency also serves Ohio, China and the Philippines. The agency is COA accredited and provides adoption, family services and foster care. Learn more about the agency at http://www.facadopt.org. Welcome, Brandon Hannah and staff!

Welcome to Ruth Ellis Center and Executive Director Jerry Peterson!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member Application of Ruth Ellis Center, which is located in Highland Park and serves Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The agency operates three programs: Ruth’s House, a residential housing program for youth ages 12-17 who are in the foster care or juvenile justice systems; Second Stories Drop-In Center, which provides basic services and safe space for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24; and Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services. To learn more about the agency, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/.

FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13

FYI • June 24, 2011 • No. 13
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 8, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Michigan Teen Conference draws 100+ youth and 100+ adults!—Thank you to everyone who helped plan and arranged for youth and chaperones to attend this year’s Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University. The conference was a huge success! Special thanks to the many session presenters, Walk through Life vendors, and generous sponsors and donors who stepped forward to offer expertise and support. As was shared on several evaluation forms by participants, this year's conference was very informative and positive…many youth are already looking forward to next year's conference!

FY 2011-2012 State Budget signed by the governor—Program planning for next fiscal year can now occur based on a FY 2012 state budget signed into law June 21 by Governor Rick Snyder. Related to the Human Services budget specifically, the Governor vetoed the proposed $4.25 million for new language that would have permitted adoptive parents to submit an adoption subsidy adjustment request up to one year after placement of an adoptive child in their home. Although this language is something the Federation has advocated for, the veto does not mean a loss of existing funding. This additional funding had been placed in the budget pending the development of legislation or policy that would allow for this practice. The Federation will continue to work with the Department and the Legislature on developing this resource.

FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 27, 2011 • No. 11
The next FYI bulletin will be issued June 10, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• Public-Private Partnership Strategic Planning to benefit Michigan—Five agency executives from the private provider sector and five administrators from the Michigan Department of Human Services attended a special, two-day, intensive strategic planning session in Ohio this week, funded by the Children’s Bureau. The Michigan Federation for Children and Families, on behalf of Michigan's private providers and the Michigan Department of Human Services, had submitted the proposal for Michigan’s involvement to the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services. Chosen as one of five states from 20 applicants, Michigan will benefit from the in-depth technical assistance around building and maintaining a strong public/private partnership of child welfare leaders. Other states represented were: NE, NC, TX and WA. Attendees of the Sept. 14-16 Senior Management Conference will hear more about these strategic planning efforts!
• Public Act 30 of 2011 was signed into law by Governor Snyder on Monday, May 23, 2011—This Public Act amends the Michigan’s Children’s Institute Act to permit the MCI Superintendent, currently Bill Johnson, to appoint a designee with authority to consent to adoption, marriage, guardianship or emancipation of a child who is an MCI ward. Bill Johnson has appointed the county child welfare directors as designees to consent to adoption in cases which meet criteria for “Expedited Consent Requests” in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Ingham and Kent. Private agency adoption staff shall forward expedited consent requests to county child welfare directors for review and approval in these counties if that is where jurisdiction of the child's case was held at the time of the court proceedings. Per DHS communication sent out by Amanda Doane on May 25th, further details about these processes will be forthcoming.
• Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption approved for membership—Please join the Board and staff in welcoming Dale Boyer, Executive Director, and staff of Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption as the Federation’s newest member agency! Located in Battle Creek, the agency offers services for children, teens, adults and families in and the counties surrounding Calhoun County. For more information, visit www.citylinc.org and/or email Executive Director Dale Boyer at daleboyer@citylinc.org. Welcome, Dale and staff!

FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10

Greetings, Federation members.

Attached is this week's bulletin: FYI • May 13, 2011 • No. 10
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 27, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• HR Spring Tune-Up another success!—Thirty-plus private agency staff took advantage of the expertise offered at this year’s Federation-sponsored annual HR Spring Tune-Up training in Lansing. Topics covered national health care reform and what you need to know now/next; creating a customer service culture and program; and steps to take if you’ve been sued, starting with “don’t panic!” Many thanks to Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency for putting this program together on behalf of the Federation’s HR MIN. Handouts from the training have been emailed to HR MIN members. Attendees are already looking forward to next year’s training!

• Adoption contract negotiations resume—The group of private agency representatives, which met previously with DHS officials both last summer and in February, meets on Monday with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade at the Federation office to work on the new adoption contract for October 1, 2011.

SPECIAL NOTE: Sponsor can cover cost of youth attending Michigan Teen Conference!
We encourage agencies to promote in your communities the new sponsor opportunities available to support the Michigan Teen Conference.
Sponsor options include a special Youth Sponsor category, at a cost of $150, which covers the registration fee and overnight stay for one youth attending the two-day conference.
Knowing private agency and YIT funding are both limited, why not ask local businesses and friends to help out!
The Teen Conference sponsorship flier is attached for your convenience.

FYI • April 29, 2011 • No. 9

FYI • April 29, 2011 • No. 9
The next FYI bulletin will be issued May 13, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

• DHS contract negotiations to resume—The Federation is pleased to report that contract negotiations will resume shortly, with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade taking the lead for the department and the Federation facilitating. Dates are being established now for two groups of private agencies that had met last year—adoption and residential treatment—to reconvene.

• May 10: HR Spring Tune-Up—Still time to register for the HR training day by calling the Federation office, 517.485.8552. Cost for Federation agencies is just $35 per person; parking is free; what you will learn…priceless!

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• MCI legislation moving through legislative process—The package of bills to amend the Michigan Adoption Code to permit the designee of an authorized representative of the Department of Human Services to consent to the adoption or guardianship of a child have been passed out of the respective House and Senate Families, Children, and Seniors Subcommittees. The bills would allow for adoptions that are not contested to be signed off on by a Department designee. The bills will now be taken up for discussion and vote on the House and Senate floors. Director Corrigan testified in strong support of these bills, and believes they would allow decision making to be brought back to the local level through the approval of adoptions by an MCI designee. Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly also testified in support of the bills and assisted in drafting the legislation. Justice Kelly noted that the courts are a partner with the Department and private agencies, but this legislation is critical to speeding up the adoption process.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• SWSS web application: Access for private agencies—In a letter dated April 14, an announcement was made that all private agency providers will soon be required to use the SWSS Web system to update foster care, supervised adoption and dual-ward cases assigned to their agency. Planned implementation is for late July 2011 and is a temporary solution until DHS implements the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) in October 2012. Trainings will be provided via the web for both DHS and private agency staff. Watch your email for the web-based training and implementation schedule. Thank you to Nancy Willemin of Child & Family Services, Capital Area, and Heather Akers of St. Vincent Catholic Charities, who both participated on behalf of Federation members in workgroup meetings with the department to help develop this interface and who reported on this development at the April 21 Foster Care MIN meeting.
• Employment & Housing Referrals for youth aging out of foster care—In a memo to the field dated April 13, 2011, DHS provided guidelines in regard to employment and housing referrals for foster care youth and entry of this information into SWSS FAJ. The assigned DHS direct foster care or PAFC caseworker must refer all foster youth age 14 and older without a goal of reunification to the local Michigan Works! service provider for employment or job training services. The assigned caseworker must also refer all foster youth age 18 and older without an identified housing situation at the time of foster care case closure to MSHDA or another appropriate housing resource. The PAFC caseworker must submit a copy of the referral to the local office DHS monitor within five business days of completion. The letter goes on to describe when this information must be entered into the SWSS-FAJ system and where documentation must be kept. If you have any questions regarding this matter, contact Ann Rossi at 517.373.2851, RossiA@michigan.gov.
• Required participation in National Youth In Transition Database Survey—In a memo dated March 18 but emailed to private agencies on April 26, 2011, PAFC agencies were provided information and instructions related to surveying all youth in foster care within 45 calendar days after the youth’s 17th birthday. Follow-up surveys are then expected when the youth reaches ages 19 and 21. The information feeds into the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) created by the federal government to collect information about the services that are provided to older youth in foster care and the outcomes resulting from those services. Implementation in Michigan began in March 2011. On a monthly basis, agencies will receive a list of eligible youth who are required to take the initial survey in 2011. Tips for conducting the surveys were provided with the letter. For questions, please contact Paula Young in the Youth Services office at 517.241.8904 or youngp3@michigan.gov.

MEMBER NEWS
• Full Member application received from Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption—We are pleased to announce an application for Full Membership has been received from Living in Christ Ministries, DBA CityLinC–Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption, based in Battle Creek and led by Executive Director Dale Boyer. The agency offers a variety of services for children, teens, adults and families in the greater Calhoun County area. Established in 1968, CityLinC programs have grown to include: Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption; Second Wind Mentoring & Counseling; Women’s Resource Center; Pregnancy Help Center; Community Connections; and Ministry Network. For more information, visit www.CityLinC.org. Anyone wishing to comment on this application is asked to call Janet Reynolds Snyder at 517.485.8552 or email janet@michfed.org. The application will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and Board in the coming weeks.
• Individual Members—The Federation is pleased to announce one new and one renewing Individual Member: Jean Stenzel, President/CEO of Forever Families (renewing); Beth Tarquinio, Executive Director of Methodist Children’s Home Society (new).

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• Residential MIN hosted DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade—At the April 20 meeting, Residential MIN members received updates from DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade regarding considerations for contracts, most of which are due to expire 9/30/2011. The entire process of contracting is under review, including: pricing models from standardized pricing to competitive bidding; licensing standards; the basis for contract language (statute, policy); accreditation standards; consent decree implications; placement exceptions; payment systems. Dudley reported he is taking a close look at how agencies are monitored for contracting, licensing, accreditation, etc. Janet Reynolds Snyder has provided to Dudley materials that document how North Carolina has accomplished a dramatic streamlining of its oversight systems. The contracts workgroup involving private agencies that met several times last summer, will be reconvened to meet with Dudley and focus on the residential contract.
• Adoption MIN agenda covered numerous topics—At the meeting on July 21, Adoption MIN members received updates from the MARE office and Adoption Oversight Committee, discussed delays in adoption subsidy processing, suggested areas of focus in upcoming adoption contract negotiations, and suggested uses for the Adoption Incentive monies. It was also suggested we look at the statistics that members provided for adoption referrals and the MARE statistics to better understand the flow of cases. Kadi Janssen updated members on the legislation proposed to allow for MCI Superintendent designees who would be authorized to approve adoptions for uncontested cases. It was suggested that Bill Johnson be invited to our next MIN meeting to talk with members about guardianships. Within the next few weeks, meetings will resume with Dudley Spade for the purpose of negotiating the adoption contract language to be in place by October 1, 2011.
• Licensing MIN hosted DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Janice Tribble of BCAL—On July 21, the Licensing MIN hosted DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Janice Tribble of BCAL, who had asked to meet with private agencies to discuss strategies to speed up the process of licensing foster homes. Discussion included the special challenges of licensing relative homes. Statistics from the department showed a breakdown of the number of days it takes to license foster homes. Statistics collected from Federation member agencies for October 2009-December 2010 showed that approximately 37% of cases referred by DHS were returned without being licensed. The Federation will follow up with agencies to zero in on the reasons, which can then inform the screening process and hopefully save valuable time and expense. Member suggestions for licensing process refinement included making minimum requirements uniform across the state and incorporating them into the DHS 3130; developing PRIDE training specific to relatives; applying common sense to the mandated reporter law’s implementation. Dudley stated that the department’s entire training curriculum is under review and that certain training segments for foster parents will be out soon on DVD. He also stated that the budgeted transfer of approximately 2,200 foster care cases from DHS to private agencies is still intended to occur before the fiscal year ends September 30, 2011; exactly how that transfer will take place is not yet determined.
• Foster Care MIN alerted to new processes—At their meeting on July 21, the Foster Care MIN learned about the soon-to-be-implemented private agency access to the state’s SWSS system for certain data that has up to now been submitted on spreadsheets; agencies will also be able to upload and download certain reports. Agencies will be hearing soon about the specific computer technology that will be needed for this access. Heather Akers of St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Nancy Willemin of Child and Family Services, Capital Area, participated in a work group with the department as it developed this access. Teresa Postema of Catholic Charities West Michigan and Cindi Williams of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan will represent Federation members as the department works on a protocol for implementing unannounced visits to private agency foster homes, as is called for in the consent decree. This work group’s first meeting will be April 29. Laura Mitchell of LSSM and chair of the Teen Conference Planning Committee updated the group on the conference, for which registration is now open! Several trouble spots in the foster care contract were identified for consideration as language for the next foster care contract is worked on. Members were also alerted that a new ISP template is in use and a new USP template should be available soon.
• Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN learns about new reporting requirements—Also on July 21, Mary Chaliman of DHS met with the Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN and alerted members about the new reporting efforts required to feed into the National Youth in Transition Database. The communication regarding this has since been sent to private agencies and is described earlier in this FYI bulletin. Mary also talked with members about A Foster Youth’s Guide to Preparing for Health Care Emergencies, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. Mary is advocating for the independent living contract reimbursement rate to be changed to the foster care rate of $37 per day, to be consistent with the new policy that allows youth to remain in foster care beyond the age of 18.
• Staff Training MIN discussed programs for victims of human trafficking—The Staff Training MIN’s April 27 meeting featured a presentation and discussion led by Wedgwood Training Specialist Andy Soper, who has a strong interest in developing treatment programs for victims of human trafficking. The statistics and stories were eye-opening. Anyone wishing more information or interested in having a presentation done locally is asked to contact Andy, asoper@wedgwood.org.
• June 8 set for Meet & Greet with DHS Top Administration—Federation member representatives and CEOs will welcome Director Corrigan and several of her top administrators on June 8 at 12:30 PM in the Federation office for a Meet & Greet during our June Board meeting. Joining us along with Director Corrigan are expected to be Chief Deputy Duane Berger, Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Acting Deputy Director for Children's Services Administration Steve Yager. More information will follow closer to the date.
• Calendar for Federation:
May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day, 9:00-3:30, at Lansing Community College West Campus
June 8: Meet & Greet with DHS Top Administrators and Board of Directors, 12:30-3:00 (lunch available at noon)
June 21-22: Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University in Big Rapids
July 13: Adoption MIN, 10:00-12:00
July 13: Licensing MIN, 12:30-1:30
July 13: Foster Care MIN, 1:30-3:00
July 13: Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN, 3:00-4:00
July 14: Accreditation MIN, 10:00-12:00
August 10: HR Lunch & Learn, 11:30-1:00
August 10: HR MIN, 1:00-2:30
September 14-16: Federation Annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs

TRAINING and EVENTS
• May 21: Grand Rapids Abolitionist Project at Davenport University—This full-day event will educate and prompt action to help end slavery in the Grand Rapids area. Presenters will provide an overview of modern-day slavery around the world, labor trafficking in Michigan, runaways and child exploitation in the USA, and then specifically, sex trafficking in Grand Rapids. Register by emailing GRAbolitionistProject@gmail.com; type “Registration Form” in the subject line, and you will be emailed a registration form to fill out. Registration deadline is May 14. There is no cost to attend.
• May-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops—Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops at http://www.wedgwood.org/sinstitute.html. Sessions include:
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar
➢ June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
• May-June: Adoption Curriculum Training FREE through National Resource Center for Adoption—The National Resource Center for Adoption is offering training in May and June 2011 on five modules of its Adoption Competency Curriculum:
➢ May 12: Module 1: Federal Laws Impacting Adoption Placement
➢ May 25 & 26: Module 2: Child/Youth Assessment & Preparation
➢ June 8 & 9: Module 3: Family Assessment & Preparation
➢ June 9: Module 4: Decision Making & Placement Selection
➢ June 15: Module 5: Post Adoption Services
This series is designed as a comprehensive curriculum for training child welfare practitioners in public and private agencies who provide adoption services for children/youth who have been abused or neglected. Registration for each module is limited to 25 participants. All course materials and lunch are provided free of charge. Social Work CECHs are offered for participants who complete one or more modules. An Adoption Competency Overview booklet is available, along with registration information at www.michfed.org; click on Training.
• May-November: FREE Training: Toward Successful Adoption: Your Child, Your Family, Your Community—Please promote this free training with foster and adoptive families in your community. The flier is posted at www.michfed.org; click on Training & Events. Print it. Email it. Post it on your website! This FREE training is for those who have adopted or who are thinking of adopting a child from the child welfare system. Three important areas will be covered: (1) Helping families cope with the stress of transitioning children from foster care to adoption; (2) Understanding the unique needs of children who have been traumatized; (3) Helpful strategies for finding and using post adoption resources. Training sessions run Friday evening through Saturday on a dozen sets of dates, starting in May and ending in November 2011. Locations include Grand Rapids, Lansing, SE Michigan, Traverse City, Marquette, Alpena, Flint and Saginaw. This program is funded by the Michigan Department of Human Services and cosponsored by the Michigan State University School of Social Work.
• Author Jaiya John and Dr. Marcella Wilson are confirmed as guest presenters for Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University—Founder of Soul Water Rising, Jaiya John is confirmed as the guest keynote presenter for the 2011 Michigan Teen Conference to be held this year June 21-22 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Jaiya is a professional speaker, poet, author, and youth mentor and advocate. His passionate, poetic presentations offer inspiration to transform heart and mind. On June 22, Dr. Marcella Wilson, President/CEO of Matrix Human Services, will present “Silent No More,” a powerful presentation that speaks to youth regarding the issues of racism, intolerance and bullying. In addition to the general sessions, more than a dozen excellent workshops are scheduled. Find the full conference brochure at www.michfed.org; click on Training. Consider the new, special sponsor opportunities, also described at www.michfed.org.

Find details about these previously featured events at www.michfed.org:
➢ May 18-19: Michigan Leadership Institute: Leadership & Change Management in Systems Change
➢ May 21: Rising Above the Odds Against Me: Girls Only Summit

JOB POSTINGS at www.michfed.org
Current listings include position openings at: Whaley Children’s Center, Highfields, Lutheran Social Service of Michigan, The Children's Center of Wayne County, and Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan.

The Federation is grateful for the support of its Sponsors!

Accreditation Guru, Inc. • www.accreditationguru.com Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency • www.bhsins.com
Layton & Richardson, PC • www.lnrcpa.com Michigan Specialty Insurance Agency • www.mispecialtyins.com
Public Affairs Associates • www.paaonline.com SPAN Corporation • www.spancorp.com

FYI • April 15, 2011 • No. 8

FYI • April 15, 2011 • No. 8
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 29, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

• June 8 set for Meet & Greet with DHS Top Administration—Federation member representatives and CEOs will welcome Director Corrigan and several of her top administrators on June 8 at 12:30 PM in the Federation office for a Meet & Greet during our June Board meeting. Joining us along with Director Corrigan are expected to be Chief Deputy Duane Berger, Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Acting Deputy Director for Children's Services Administration Steve Yager. More information will follow closer to the date.

• Federation leadership met with DHS Director Corrigan—Federation Board President Gary Tester, Bruce Ashley of Federation lobby firm Public Affairs Associates, and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder, on behalf of all Federation members, met April 7 with DHS Director Maura Corrigan and Deputy Director Dudley Spade. The purpose of the meeting was to share with Director Corrigan the priority interests and efforts of the Federation. Gary, Bruce and Janet were encouraged by the initiative of and tone from Director Corrigan and Deputy Director Spade. Director Corrigan is focused on meeting all the requirements of the consent decree and coming out from under federal oversight within the next four years. She has clearly shown a quick start in addressing a number of priority issues as well as the expertise and strength to continue this stride, with a strong team around her. Updates on several key areas are provided in the Legislative and Executive/Administrative Activities sections below.

• Federation membership met with Federal Monitoring Team—Nearly half of Federation provider agencies participated in the April 13 meeting with Federal Monitoring Team members Eileen Crummy and Lisa Alexander-Taylor. Focus of the meeting was training—what’s working, what’s not working, recommendations for change. Members’ input was extremely important as discussions continue among the Monitoring Team, Federal Court Judge Nancy Edmunds, Children's Rights, the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, and DHS Director Maura Corrigan, regarding possible modifications of the settlement agreement.

• Author Jaiya John and Dr. Marcella Wilson are confirmed as guest presenters for Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University—Founder of Soul Water Rising, Jaiya John is confirmed as the guest keynote presenter for the 2011 Michigan Teen Conference to be held this year June 21-22 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Jaiya is a professional speaker, poet, author, and youth mentor and advocate. His passionate, poetic presentations offer inspiration to transform heart and mind. On June 22, Dr. Marcella Wilson, President/CEO of Matrix Human Services, will present “Silent No More,” a powerful presentation that speaks to youth regarding the issues of racism, intolerance and bullying. In addition to the general sessions, more than a dozen excellent workshops are scheduled. Find the full conference brochure at www.michfed.org; click on Training. Consider, also, special sponsor opportunities, also described at www.michfed.org.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Sen. Jansen considering legislation to allow hiring of retired DHS workers—The Federation is working together with DHS to support Senator Mark Jansen's efforts in introducing legislation that would allow retired DHS workers to be hired by nonprofit agencies. The depth of experience and training gained by hiring a retired DHS worker would be of great benefit to agencies. We'll keep you posted through updates in the bi-weekly Policy Press.
• Legislative hearings—After a two-week Spring Break, members of the Legislature returned to Lansing this week. Many subcommittees have introduced budget proposals for discussion, and even voted some of the bills out of subcommittee. It is expected that a number of budget proposals will be discussed by members of the Appropriations Committees in the next week. As these broader discussions take place and bills are voted on, the Federation will provide the membership with budget updates in the Policy Press.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Private agency access to SWSS coming soon—Laurie Johnson and Jim Hogan from the DHS SWSS SACWIS Project Team reported at the April 7 meeting with Director Corrigan and Federation leadership that a July 2011 implementation date is planned for the SWSS Web Project, the Child Placing Private Agency Interface. The purpose of the Interface is to share case information to and from CPAs and DHS Foster Care and Adoption and direct input of social work contacts by private agencies. Contracted foster care and adoption agency staff will have access to SWSS Web to update foster care, supervised adoption and dual ward cases assigned to their agency, through certain secure roles within SWSS. Functions and benefits that will be available to CPAs include:
➢ Case assignment and case listing: At any time, an authorized CPA staffer can determine the assigned DHS case worker, supervisor and county of supervision for a particular case.
➢ Case summary information: Direct access to know exactly the current data that has been entered into the SWSS FAJ by the DHS worker.
➢ Social work contacts: Private agency staff will directly enter critical social work contacts. This will allow for improved tracking of visits, and the timeliness of data entry will improve compliance with CFSR reporting, making sure kids are being seen. This feature replaces CPAs’ current manual submission of Excel spreadsheets of case contact information. CPAs will be able to print both private agency and DHS agency worker contacts as appendices for court reports.
➢ Document management: DHS and private agency staff will have ability to upload and download documents, including service plans, determination of care, assessments and any case template to be maintained in an electronic case record. All exchanges of documents will be tracked. This system will increase accountability and reduce the need for faxing and mailing of documents.
• DHS contracts and process update—Deputy Director Dudley Spade is in charge of all DHS-private agency contracting activities, i.e., development, requirements, negotiations, etc., for the department. With that in mind, he will attend the Federation's Residential MIN meeting on Wednesday, April 20, to discuss the new residential contract; the current contract expires 9/30/2011. This discussion will include the requirements of the contract as well as an update on the pre-qualifications for the bid process and opening contracts up for providers that currently have non-contracted programs. Discussions for the new adoption contract will soon resume under Dudley's guidance for the DHS, and discussions for the new foster care contract will begin, also under Dudley's guidance. The Federation has made the request that the meetings that began last summer and focused on the contracting process be resumed soon to assure the best quality of all contracts. We will keep you updated.
• Recommendations sought to speed process of licensing foster homes—DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade, along with with Jim Gale of BCAL and Steve Yager, Acting Director of the Children’s Services Administration, will attend the will also attend the Federation's Licensing MIN on Thursday, April 21, to discuss strategies for speeding up the foster home licensing process.

MEMBER NEWS
• Individual Members—The Federation is pleased to announce a renewing Individual Member: Linda Snelling, retired, former HR Director at Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• Accreditation MIN consulted with Federation Sponsor Accreditation Guru, Inc.—At the April 7 Accreditation MIN meeting, the group reviewed a number of ways for incorporating stakeholder satisfaction results into the PQI process. Several agencies are using or beginning to use a more direct approach—interviews as opposed to surveys—to collect consumer satisfaction information. Although it is difficult to quantify the information, it is more specific and of greater value. The next MIN meeting will focus on the use of dashboards or other ways that information is shared; and risk management processes. In keeping with a quarterly schedule, the group plans to meet on July 14 from 10:00-noon at the Federation. Participation can be in person or via GoToMeetings. The group will continue to benefit from the Internet-based involvement of Jennifer Flowers, CEO of newest Federation Sponsor Accreditation Guru, Inc. Watch your email in June for a reminder and RSVP link.
• April 20: Residential MIN to discuss contract language—At their April 20, 10:00-12:00 meeting at the Federation, Residential MIN members will provide input to DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade regarding changes they would recommend for the next residential contract. Please come with your working hat on and your marked-up contract in hand, with a goal of streamlining the contract. This discussion will include the requirements of the contract, an update on the pre-qualifications for bidder process, and opening contracts up for providers that currently have non-contracted programs. RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April20residentialMIN
• April 21: Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/Independent Living-Homeless Youth MINs to meet—Agendas are in place for these upcoming meetings and were sent in preliminary form to MIN members on April 12. The Licensing MIN will host Jim Gale of BCAL, DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Acting Deputy Director of the Children’s Services Administration Steve Yager. The focus will be on strategies to speed up the process of licensing foster homes. Mary Chaliman of DHS will join the Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN and provide an update related to the National Youth in Transition Database. RSVP at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April21minsRSVP
• April 27: Staff Training MIN—Previously scheduled for April 20, the Staff Training MIN will meet on Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-2:30 PM at the Federation office. This meeting will feature a presentation and discussion led by Wedgwood Training Specialist Andy Soper, who has a strong interest in developing treatment programs for victims of human trafficking. Andy will share some of his ideas and would like to learn more about what others in the state are offering in regard to this problem. Additional topics for discussion are welcome; please include them when you RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April27StaffTrainingMIN
• May 10: HR Spring Tune-Up—This annual HR training includes an opening presentation of “Health Care Reform: Phase 2,” where Dominick Sicilano from Agent Alliance will present the most up-to-date information, with a special focus on Exchanges: What's happening and what you need to know. Next, Greg Heeres of BHS will present “Raving Fans: Creating a Customer Service Culture & Program,” described by prior attendees as a must-see session. The afternoon session, “You've Been Sued: Now What?” will feature Attorney Bob Stone, who will focus on severance agreements, what to do once you’ve been sued by an employee who believes they were wrongfully terminated, etc. This is becoming a bigger and bigger issue. Because the economy is so bad, positions are being eliminated, etc. People may be upset they lost their job, and when they can’t find another one, they find a reason to sue for money. Mr. Stone will talk about what you need to do once you’ve been sued, how to use your insurance company to help you, and real life examples. Cost for Federation agencies is just $35 per person; parking is free. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011HRtuneup.
• September 14-16: Sponsor opportunities available for Federation 2011 Annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting—Please mark your calendars for September 14-16, 2011, for the Federation’s annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs! New and exciting sponsor opportunities are available. Please consider a sponsorship and/or provide the information to your agency’s vendors. Find all the details at http://www.michfed.org/annualconference

• Calendar for Federation:
April 20: Residential Treatment MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 21: Adoption MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 21: Licensing MIN, 12:30-2:00
April 21: Foster Care MIN, 2:00-3:00
April 21: Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN, 3:00-4:00
NEW DATE…April 27: Staff Training MIN, 12:30-2:30
May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day, 9:00-3:30, at Lansing Community College West Campus
June 8: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:00 (lunch available at noon)
June 21-22: Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University in Big Rapids
September 14-16: Federation Annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs

TRAINING and EVENTS
• April-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops—Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops at http://www.wedgwood.org/sinstitute.html. Sessions include:
➢ April 19: Conflict Resolution
➢ April 26 and June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar
• May 21: Rising Above the Odds Against Me: Girls Only Summit—There are many unfortunate consequences that foster care youth face as they prepare to “age-out” of the system. Intervention on behalf of this “At-Risk” population can play a key role in motivating such individuals to excel and to rise above the limitations they often encounter because of their circumstances. This third annual event offers a variety of interactive sessions that will promote independence, security, self-esteem and personal development. A special focus of the conference will be to provide youth with a forum to discuss their challenges and ambitions and to encourage them to develop a plan for achieving their goals. It will be held in Dearborn on Saturday, May 21, 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM. Find the registration link at www.michfed.org; click on Training.

Find details about these previously featured events at www.michfed.org:
➢ April 27-28: “Partnering with Families for Optimal Outcomes: Assessment and Case Planning”
➢ April 29-May 1: MAFAK Spring Training Conference: “Believe in Magic: One Child at a Time” May-June-July in Lansing: Building a Home with Heart Couples Retreats
➢ May 18-19: Michigan Leadership Institute: Leadership & Change Management in Systems Change

JOB POSTINGS at www.michfed.org
Current listings include position openings at: Lutheran Social Service of Michigan, The Children's Center of Wayne County, Child & Family Services, Capital Area, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Spaulding for Children, and Lutheran Adoption Service.

The Federation is grateful for the support of its Sponsors!

Accreditation Guru, Inc. • www.accreditationguru.com Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency • www.bhsins.com
Layton & Richardson, PC • www.lnrcpa.com Michigan Specialty Insurance Agency • www.mispecialtyins.com
Public Affairs Associates • www.paaonline.com SPAN Corporation • www.spancorp.com

FYI • April 1, 2011 • No. 7

FYI • April 1, 2011 • No. 7
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 15, 2011

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

• Federation leadership to meet with DHS Director Corrigan—Federation Board President Gary Tester and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder, on behalf of all Federation members, will meet with DHS Director Maura Corrigan on April 7. The purpose of the meeting is to share with Director Corrigan the priority interests and efforts of the Federation. Payments, contracting, consent decree requirements, and more, are on our agenda.

• Federation membership to meet with Federal Monitoring Team—Kevin Ryan, the Federal Monitor for the state's child welfare reform, continues to want feedback from nonprofit agencies as to how agencies are experiencing the reform. Federation members have been extremely helpful in this process during the past several years when Kevin and the Monitoring Team have attended the Federation's senior management conferences as well as the trips they have made to individual agencies. As discussions continue with Kevin, Federal Court Judge Nancy Edmunds, Children's Rights, the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, and DHS Director Maura Corrigan, regarding possible modifications of the settlement agreement, your input continues to hold great weight.
Federation Executives/CEOs: Please plan to attend a meeting with the Monitoring Team on Wednesday, April 13, from 1 PM–2:30 PM. The main focus of this meeting is on training and changes in the current DHS implementation that would make the process more efficient. This event precedes a meeting the legal parties have in federal court the next day. Our meeting with the Monitoring Team is being graciously hosted by Lutheran Child and Family Service of Michigan, 15160 West 8-Mile Road, Oak Park, 48237. Please RSVP to Jenny Crichton to confirm your attendance: jenny@michfed.org.

• September 14-16: Location chosen for Federation 2011 Annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting—Please mark your calendars for September 14-16, 2011, for the Federation’s annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting. The location this year will be Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs!

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Legislative hearings—This week the House Subcommittee on Human Services Appropriations heard a presentation from Bureau of Juvenile Justice Director John Evans and Deputy Director Dudley Spade related to the Juvenile Justice system in our state. The Senate Subcommittee on Human Services Appropriations allowed for public testimony this week, of which a variety of community service programs testified before the committee. The Legislature is currently on spring break. Although legislative sessions will not be held during spring break, many committees have still scheduled hearings. When the full Legislature returns the week of April 11, it is expected that budgets will be released in subcommittees for discussion. The Federation will send out a budget analysis when the Human Services budget is released.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• New roles for Debora Buchanan and Christine Rehagen—DHS announced via email on March 23 that Debora Buchanan has been temporarily re-assigned to be the manager of the Logistics & Rate Setting (formerly Contracts & Rate Setting) office within DHS. Christine Rehagen has agreed to fill in for Debora in her absence from the Child Welfare Contract Compliance Unit. You may e-mail Christine at RehagenC@michigan.gov, or call her office 517-241-1771 or her cell phone 517-643-7179.

MEMBER NEWS
• Individual Members—The Federation is pleased to announce a renewing Individual Member: Roger C. Johr, Principal, Williams & Works, Inc., Board member of Lutheran Child & Family Service of MI.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• April 7: Accreditation MIN to meet; Jennifer Flowers joins via Internet Teleconference—The focus of this particular meeting will be incorporating consumer satisfaction information (or any external data) into PQI planning. The group will meet at the Federation on April 7, 2011, 10:00-12:00. Participation is welcome in person or via GoToMeetings, the avenue for involvement of Federation Sponsor Jennifer Flowers, President, Accreditation Guru, Inc. RSVP at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April7accreditationMIN.
• April 20: Residential MIN to discuss contract language—At the April 20, 10:00-12:00 meeting at the Federation, Residential MIN members will provide input to DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade regarding changes they would recommend for the next residential contract, with a goal of streamlining the contract. RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April20residentialMIN
• April 21: Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/Independent Living-Homeless Youth MINs to meet—Agendas are in the development stage for these upcoming meetings. We have confirmed that the Licensing MIN will host Janice Tribble of BCAL, DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade and Acting Director of the Children’s Services Administration Steve Yager. The focus will be on strategies to speed up the process of licensing foster homes. A special announcement with more information about the April 21 MINs will be forthcoming and will include the chance to RSVP.
• April 27: New date for Staff Training MIN—Previously scheduled for April 20, the Staff Training MIN will meet on Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-2:30 PM at the Federation office. This meeting will feature a presentation and discussion led by Wedgwood Training Specialist Andy Soper, who has a strong interest in developing treatment programs for victims of human trafficking. Andy will share some of his ideas and would like to learn more about what others in the state are offering in regard to this problem. Additional topics for discussion are welcome; please include them when you RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/April27StaffTrainingMIN
• May 10: HR Spring Tune-Up—This annual HR training promises to be informative and fun! Dynamic presenters have been arranged by Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency. The morning will open with “Health Care Reform: Phase 2,” where Dominick Sicilano from Agent Alliance will present the most up-to-date information related to Health Care Reform, with a special focus on Exchanges: What's happening and what you need to know. Next, Greg Heeres of BHS will present “Raving Fans: Creating a Customer Service Culture & Program,” a must-see session. The afternoon session, “You've Been Sued: Now What?” will feature Attorney Bob Stone, who will focus on severance agreements, what to do once you’ve been sued by an employee who believes they were wrongfully terminated, etc. This is becoming a bigger and bigger issue because the economy is so bad, positions are being eliminated, etc. People are upset they lost their job, and when they can’t find another one, they find a reason to sue for money. Mr. Stone will talk about what you need to do once you’ve been sued, how to use your insurance company to help you, and also will give real life examples. Throughout the day will be plenty of fun, unique trivia, giveaways and snacks related to Michigan. The training will be held at Lansing Community College West Campus’ state-of-the-art auditorium. Cost for Federation agencies is just $35 per person; parking is free. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011HRtuneup.
• Check out new Sponsor Opportunities for the Michigan Teen Conference! The 2011 Michigan Teen Conference Planning Committee has developed a set of sponsor opportunities to help support this year’s conference. Sponsor categories include: keynote, conference bag (corporate only), t-shirt, workshop, activity, prize and youth sponsorships. Spread the word! Find details at www.michfed.org.
• Calendar for Federation:
April 7: Accreditation/CQI MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 13: Federation Member CEO and Senior Staff meeting with Federal Monitoring Team, 1:00-2:30 PM at Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, 15160 West 8 Mile Road, Oak Park
NEW DATE…..THURSDAY, APRIL 21:
April 21: Adoption MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 21: Licensing MIN, 12:30-1:30
April 21: Foster Care MIN, 1:30-3:00
April 21: Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN, 3:00-4:00
April 20: Residential Treatment MIN, 10:00-12:00
NEW DATE…April 27: Staff Training MIN, 12:30-2:30
May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day, 9:00-3:30, at Lansing Community College West Campus
June 8: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:00 (lunch available at noon)
June 21-22: Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University
September 14-16: Federation Annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, at Boyne Highlands

RESOURCES
• Big Family of Michigan assists youth aging out—Big Family of Michigan is an organization helping to make life better for children waiting to be adopted. They work with adoption organizations, foster parents, social workers and the children to try to help make sure all are working in harmony and the children are receiving the love, care, and items they need and require to become successful adults. Big Family wants to assure that every youth aging out of foster care has a suitcase filled with the kinds of items they will need to live on their own. Hundreds of donation-filled suitcases are distributed each year, all across the state. Inquire about how your agency can tap into this marvelous resource: 586-445-7735 or email HelpKids@BigFamilyofMichigan.com
• Tomorrow’s Child offers education, outreach, advocacy and more—Tomorrow’s Child/Michigan SIDS started as a grassroots network of family support groups over 30 years ago. Since then, the organization has evolved into a nationally recognized resource whose broad-based programs are making a major contribution to the welfare of infants, families and professionals around the state. They offer education, outreach, advocacy and research to keep babies healthy and safe during their first year of life. Check out their website: www.tomorrowschildmi.org

TRAINING and EVENTS
• April-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops—Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops at http://www.wedgwood.org/sinstitute.html. Sessions include:
➢ April 12: Children and Teens with ADHD
➢ April 19: Conflict Resolution
➢ April 26 and June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar
• April 15: Michigan Home Based Family Services Association Spring Training Workshops—This annual spring training is FREE for MHBFSA members, up to six per agency membership. General admission is just $50 per person. Choose from 12 outstanding workshops, hosted at Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids. Find all the details at www.mihomebased.com.
• April 29-May 1: MAFAK Spring Training Conference: “Believe in Magic: One Child at a Time”—Registration is open for this annual training event for adoptive, foster and kinship parents and the human services professionals who work with them. Registration fee is only $45 this year (last year was $105!). Registration fee also includes a free one-year membership in MAFAK. Find all the details in the conference booklet posted at www.mafak.msu.edu and www.michfed.org.
• June 21-22: Author Jaiya John is confirmed as keynote presenter for Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University—Founder of Soul Water Rising, Jaiya John, is confirmed as the guest keynote presenter for the 2011 Michigan Teen Conference will be held this year June 21-22 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Conference planning is moving forward smoothly. Full details to be released in early April. Plan now, though, for use of YIT funds to cover youth registrations! Go to www.michfed.org; click on Training.
• Find details about these previously featured events at www.michfed.org:
➢ April 27-28: “Partnering with Families for Optimal Outcomes: Assessment and Case Planning”
➢ May-June-July in Lansing: Building a Home with Heart Couples Retreats
➢ May 18-19: Michigan Leadership Institute: Leadership & Change Management in Systems Change

The Federation is grateful for the support of its Sponsors!

Accreditation Guru, Inc. • www.accreditationguru.com Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency • www.bhsins.com
Layton & Richardson, PC • www.lnrcpa.com Michigan Specialty Insurance Agency • www.mispecialtyins.com
Public Affairs Associates • www.paaonline.com SPAN Corporation • www.spancorp.com

FYI • February 18, 2011 • No. 4

FYI • February 18, 2011 • No. 4
The next FYI bulletin will be issued March 4, 2011

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Adoption Contract— The private agency negotiating group, which last met with DHS officials on November 1, 2010, resumed negotiations for the adoption contract on Thursday, February 10, with DHS Deputy Director Dudley Spade at the Federation office. The negotiating committee worked with Dudley Spade to come to an agreement on making three languages changes to the existing contract dated effective October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. The new contract, will be issued with a 15% increase to the adoption rates! Agencies can bill at the adjusted rates effective March 1, 2011.

Agencies are encouraged to quickly review the content of the contract, and sign and return the new contract in a swift manner so that payments can begin to be processed immediately. If your agency has already signed the adoption contract, details will be forthcoming on how to proceed with the new contract and procedure.

Moving forward, DHS and the negotiating group will concurrently be working on restructuring the new three-year contract to become effective later this year, October 1, 2011. The negotiating group has made several recommendations for rate structure reform, and contract language amendments that will allow agencies to operate more efficiently, and these changes will all be taken up for further consideration.

Thank you for all of your patience during this time, we know it has been very trying on some of your agencies and the ability to perform business. We are also grateful to all of the members of the negotiating committee who dedicated their time to resolving and working through these matters, as well as the leadership that Deputy Director Dudley Spade has exercised to resolve this critical matter.

Welcome newest Full Member Agency Sunny Crest Youth Ranch!—We are pleased to announce Sunny Crest Youth Ranch as the newest member of the Federation. Sunny Crest Youth Ranch is a vision of lifelong educators Ron and Ellyn Coppess, and a cadre of caring Ranch partners willing to commit to mentoring some of the most vulnerable in our communities. At full capacity, Sunny Crest Youth Ranch provides a loving, nurturing and secure environment for as many as 48 children who deserve a new start. Sunny Crest offers every rancher a safe place to learn from mistakes without fear of rejection and to practice the skills necessary to become a successful adult. Sunny Crest is designed to be a working ranch operation that offers at-risk boys the experiences and activities any child must have to develop in mind and spirit. Educational programs, mentoring, and skilled adult intervention coupled with cutting edge methods create the Sunny Crest environment – a safe place to explore the opportunities young men need to meet the challenges life has presented them. Please welcome Executive Director Ron Coppess by sending him an email at ron@sunnycrestyouthranch.org or by phone at 517-566-7224.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Federation Provides Testimony to House Families, Children and Seniors Committee — On Tuesday, February 15th, Federation Board President Gary Tester, and Federation Policy Analyst Kadi Janssen provided testimony to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. Kadi Janssen described the membership of the Federation and explained the roles and significant impacts of private agencies in the child welfare system. Kadi also spoke to the public private partnership in the State, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities private agencies face related to the consent decree. Gary Tester articulated an overview of an individual agency roll in the Federation and the interaction between a private agency and the Department of Human Services. Gary spoke to issues related to private agency training, data collection and analysis, identification of service needs and program solutions, and juvenile justice services. The testimony presented by both Gary and Kadi are attached to this week’s FYI.
• Governor Snyder’s 2012 Executive Budget and a 2013 projected budget—Governor Snyder, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and State Budget Director John Nixon outlined the recommendations for the FY 2012 budget, and 2013 budget projections to a joint session of the House and Senate appropriations, finance and tax policy committees on Thursday. Snyder described the budget as a “comprehensive plan to lay a new, sound foundation for Michigan’s reinvention and put an end to the significant budget deficits the state has experienced for the past decade.” Governor Snyder’s budget recommendations and a summary of the budget proposal were distributed to the membership on the morning of Thursday, February 17th, following Snyder’s presentation. We continue to review the documents here at the Federation, along with additional discussion with DHS and our PAA Lobbyists, Becky Bechler and Bruce Ashley. We will provide you the membership with summary information soon.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS communications posted at www.michfed.org—Log in and go to “DHS Communications” in the right-hand column. Items issued since the last FYI:
February 8: FOB 2011-003: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
February 16: DHS Organizational Chart

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• HR Lunch & Learn—Thank you to all who attend the recent HR Lunch and Learn hosted by Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency. The guest presenter was Kevin Roehling, Risk Controller for BHS, who presented “Management of Worker Comp claims – Practical solutions for a challenging exposure.”
• Calendar for Federation:
March 9: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:30 (lunch available at noon)
April 13: Adoption MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 13: Licensing MIN, 12:30-1:30
April 13: Foster Care MIN, 1:30-3:00
April 13: Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN, 3:00-4:00
April 20: Residential Treatment MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 20: Staff Training MIN, 12:30-2:30
May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day, 9:00-3:30, at Lansing Community College West Campus
June 8: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:30 (lunch available at noon)
June 21-22: Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University
September 14-16: Federation Annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, location TBA

MEMBER NEWS
• Individual membership—Welcome to our newest Individual members: Candace K. Spaulding, President, C.K. Spaulding & Associates and Board member of Spaulding for Children and Donald Nitz, CEO, Lakeside for Children.

TRAINING and EVENTS
• June 21-22: Dates set for Michigan Teen Conference at new location—The 2011 Michigan Teen Conference will be held this year June 21-22 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. The conference planning committee, chaired by Laura Mitchell of fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, has commenced its twice-monthly meetings (one a conference call, the other in person in Lansing). Stay tuned for additional details, including the schedule of events and new and exciting sponsorship opportunities this year!
• Dates set, September 14-16: Federation 2011 Annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting—While the location is not decided, the dates are confirmed. Please mark your calendars for September 14-16, 2011, for the Federation’s annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting!
• Find details about the following training and special events at www.michfed.org; click on Training & Events.

The Federation is grateful for the support of its Sponsors!

AccreditationGuru/Jennifer Flowers Consulting • www.accreditationguru.com
Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency • www.bhsins.com Layton & Richardson, PC • www.lnrcpa.com
Michigan Specialty Insurance Agency • www.mispecialtyins.com Public Affairs Associates • www.paaonline.com
SPAN Corporation • www.spancorp.com

FYI • February 4, 2011 • No. 3

FYI • February 4, 2011 • No. 3
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 18, 2011

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Adoption Contract negotiations to resume—The already established private agency negotiating group which last met with DHS officials on November 1, 2010, will resume negotiations of the adoption contract on February 10 with DHS officials in the Federation office. The urgency of this matter and the fact that adoption agencies have not received payments for services since October 1 has been discussed with new leaders within the Snyder Administration, the DHS, the Federal Monitor and Children’s Rights. It is a matter that was further discussed last week in the meeting between Governor Snyder, the Attorney General's office, DHS Director Corrigan, Children's Rights and the Federal Monitor. The status of the situation will be reviewed by Judge Nancy Edmunds in the Federal Court next week. We are working aggressively with all means to resolve this terribly outstanding issue.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS Appropriations Subcommittee—The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services held a hearing on Tuesday, February 1, as a follow-up to the Background Briefing presentation given by the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) the week prior. Kevin Koorstra and Bob Schneider, House Fiscal Analysts, provided committee members with a memorandum in response to the questions members had asked, including the difference in cost between public and private foster care services, and the Wayne County Juvenile Justice Model. Committee members were especially interested in how Wayne County developed its Care Management Organization system, and how effective it has been. The committee also dedicated a lot of time to discussing the Family Independence Program administered by DHS, and will schedule a future hearing to discuss issues concerning Bridge Card fraud and abuse. The standing committee hearing time is 9:00 am on Tuesdays.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Michigan 1 of 5 states chosen to participate in special public-private strategic planning session—The Michigan Federation for Children and Families, on behalf of Michigan's private providers and the Michigan Department of Human Services, recently submitted a proposal to the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services (QIC PCW) for Michigan to be considered as one of five states to receive in-depth technical assistance around building and maintaining a strong public/private partnership through a two-day strategic planning session for child welfare leaders. We are delighted to announce that Michigan has been chosen as one of the states to be part of this great event, with focus given specifically to our state. This national initiative was designed in 2005 and funded by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other states chosen to attend are: Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. Twenty states applied overall. Five agency executives from the private provider sector and five administrators from the Michigan Department of Human Services will attend this intensive session in May.
• New role for Steve Yager in DHS administration—There are a number of changes ongoing at the DHS, many of them to be announced soon. For now, one of the biggest changes is in the Children's Services Administration (CSA). Former Director of CSA, Kathryne O'Grady, is now overseeing a revenue maximization initiative at the request of Director Corrigan and will only be involved with Children's Services from a funding perspective. She will be pursuing previously untapped federal funding. Steve Yager has been named as the new acting director of CSA, effective immediately. Many of you have known and worked with Steve Yager previously, either in his role with the local offices or as the state's Family Advocate. We will bring Steve to a Federation event soon so that everyone has the chance to meet him.
• DHS communications posted at www.michfed.org—Log in and go to “DHS Communications” in the right-hand column. Items issued since the last FYI:
➢ January 12: In-Service Training Requirements
➢ January 19: Community Resource Program (aka Volunteer Services) FY 2011 Allocations, Spending Guidelines, Account Codes and Expenditures
➢ January 19: Family Incentive Grant Fiscal Year 2011
➢ January 25: DHS will no longer require a caseload count on a bi-monthly basis, rather, is moving to a quarterly reporting requirement.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• 2011 Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey open for data submission—Each Federation Full Member CEO and HR Director has been alerted to this important annual compensation survey. Thank you for making completion a priority and planning to meet the March 31 deadline.
• Residential Treatment MIN met January 26—The Residential Treatment MIN welcomed guests John Evans, Director of the DHS Bureau of Juvenile Justice, and Diane Henneman, Director of Residential Services and Karen Szyska, Director of Community Outreach, at Havenwyck Hospital. John talked with members about the remaining programs within the state juvenile justice system and his renewed optimism under the new administration that juvenile justice reform will be of interest. He is looking forward to discussions with the private agencies regarding treatment options for juvenile justice youth—residential, community-based, and aftercare/step-down programming. A year-old reintegration pilot in SE Michigan, based largely on the Department of Corrections Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, is seeing success and holds hope for future programming. Diane and Julie talked with members about the different types of programs at Havenwyck Hospital and how they are accessed. Minutes of the meeting will be issued soon. The next Residential Treatment MIN meeting will be April 20, 10:00-12:00 at the Federation office.
• Staff Training MIN met January 26—At the Staff Training MIN meeting, member agency staff demonstrated and discussed the advantages of several models of training, including Handle with Care, Safety Care and PCI. Thank you to everyone who made it such a valuable session. The next Staff Training MIN meeting will be April 20, 12:30-2:30 at the Federation office.
• February 9: HR Lunch & Learn at 11:30; HR MIN to meet at 1:00—Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency will host this HR Lunch & Learn session. The guest presenter will be Kevin Roehling, Risk Controller for BHS, and his topic will be “Management of Worker Comp claims – Practical solutions for a challenging exposure.” The HR MIN will meet from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The agenda was emailed to MIN members this morning. RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Feb9hrRSVP
• Calendar for Federation:
February 9: HR L&L, 11:30-1:00
February 9: HR MIN, 1:00-2:30
March 9: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:30 (lunch available at noon)
April 13: Adoption MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 13: Licensing MIN, 12:30-1:30
April 13: Foster Care MIN, 1:30-3:00
April 13: Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN, 3:00-4:00
April 20: Residential Treatment MIN, 10:00-12:00
April 20: Staff Training MIN, 12:30-2:30
May 10: Annual Spring HR Training Day, 9:00-3:30, at Lansing Community College West Campus
June 8: Board of Directors, 1:00-3:30 (lunch available at noon)
June 21-22: Michigan Teen Conference at Ferris State University
September 14-16: Federation Annual Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, location TBA

MEMBER NEWS
• Bob Miles named Board Chair of International Social Services–USA Branch—Congratulations to Lutheran Child & Family Services of Michigan President/CEO Bob Miles on recently being named board president of the International Social Services–United States of America Branch (ISS–USA). The ISS–USA mission is to promote resolutions in the best interests of children, adults and families separated by international borders. Bob has been on the ISS–USA board since 2007, and continues to devote his passion and expertise to this worthy cause. For more information on ISS–USA you can visit their website at http://iss-usa.org/pressdetails.asp?IdPress=35.

TRAINING and EVENTS
• February 10: UoM session: Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations—
Organizations must be continually learning and changing to be able to respond to our society’s needs now and in the future. This workshop will give participants hands-on practice with several tools that can be used to facilitate continuous learning by individuals, teams, agencies, and with their larger communities. The course instructor is 
Stephen Gill, PhD, who conducts organizational analyses, evaluates programs and services, and assesses the impact of employee performance improvement interventions. Gill has written over 50 articles and book chapters, and developed manuals and handbooks on needs analysis, program evaluation, and human resource development. The session is February 10, 9-12:00 at UoM School of Social Work, Educational Conference Center. Cost is $60 and includes 3 CECHs. To register, visit http://www.ssw.umich.edu/programs/CE/registration/index.html.
• February 18: Supervision Certificate #1: The Role of Leaders in Staff Retention…several openings!—The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education program offers core and elective courses that earn a Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate. The February 18 session for Certificate #1, “The Role of Leaders in Staff Retention,” has several openings. This interactive day-long session will provide the mindset, methods, and tools leaders need to accomplish agency missions and goals through focusing their efforts around staff retention processes. Reserve your seat today! Employees of member agencies of the Michigan Federation get a discount! Find details at www.michfed.org and/or www.socialwork.msu.edu/ceu.
• February 18: Michigan Fatherhood Conference: Lots of space; register today!—The Michigan Fatherhood Coalition’s 9th Annual Michigan Fatherhood Conference for Dads & Service is February 18, 2011, in Howell, Michigan. Capacity is 300 for the great line up of workshops during the day-long agenda. Thanks to MFC sponsors, the Coalition is offering a $45 per person conference fee and will feature a free continental breakfast and an amazing lunch. Participant CEU's (Social Work & Early Childhood) will be available for an additional $10. The registration materials can be found at www.michiganfatherhood.org and www.michfed.org.
• April 29-May 1: Special reduced rates for MAFAK Parents Spring Training Conference: “Believe in Magic: One Child at a Time”—The 2011 MAFAK Parents conference on April 29–May 1 in Lansing will feature guest presenter Derek W. Clark, former foster youth, author, and recording artist. Derek’s general session April 30 is titled, “Never Limit Your Life.” Other featured guests include Annie Lange, who will present the “Nurtured Heart Path,” and Rose Marie Wentz, who will present on “Achieving Quality, Not Just Quantity in Birth Home Visits.” A special reduced registration rate is offered this year of $45 per person (vs. $105); the fee includes the banquet, two lunches and 2.5 days of training. Also new this year, every registrant will receive a free one-year MAFAK membership. Please consider being a conference sponsor, vendor and/or advertiser. The full conference booklet with details and registration can be found at www.michfed.org.
• May 21: 2011 Rising Above the Odds Against Me, Ladies Only Summit—All girls in foster care ages 14-20 (free admission) and foster parents ($5) are invited to register for this day-long event, “A Diamond in the Rough to Princess Cut.” It will be held at the University of Michigan–Dearborn, Fairlane Center–North. It will include a component of foster parent training, “Parenting Teens,” which will be taught by UoM School of Social Work Faculty Dr. Kathleen Faller and Mary Ortega. Watch www.michfed.org for details coming soon.
• June 21-22: Dates set for Michigan Teen Conference at new location—The 2011 Michigan Teen Conference will be held this year June 21-22 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. The conference planning committee, chaired by Laura Mitchell of fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, has commenced its twice-monthly meetings (one a conference call, the other in person in Lansing). Stay tuned for additional details, including the schedule of events and new and exciting sponsorship opportunities this year!
• Dates set, September 14-16: Federation 2011 Annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting—While the location is not decided, the dates are confirmed. Please mark your calendars for September 14-16, 2011, for the Federation’s annual Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting! Stay tuned for more details.
• Find details about the following training and special events at www.michfed.org; click on Training & Events; Federation member-sponsored events are highlighted in blue:
Date(s) Training/Event Title Location Main Sponsor/
Link to Details
February 8 Stress Management Grand Rapids Wedgwood Institute
February 9 Traumatic Impingements
February 15 Generations at Work
February 17 Hard-to-Reach Families
February 18 9th Annual Statewide Michigan Fatherhood Conference Howell MI Fatherhood Coalition
February 19-23 43rd Annual Senior Leadership Conference Clearwater FL Alliance for Children & Families
March 8 The Face of God in the Face of Grief Grand Rapids Wedgwood Institute
March 10 Gangs in a Residential Setting
March 16-17 Michigan Leadership Institute: Leadership & Change Management in Systems Change Lansing Center Impact Learning Center
May 18-19
Save these dates • More information soon!
April 27-28 Partnering with Families for Optimal Outcomes: Assessment & Case Planning
SCAO and Governor’s Task Force Annual Conference East Lansing State Court Administrative Office
Apr. 29-May 1 Believe in Magic: One Child at a Time
2011 Annual Spring Training Conference for Foster, Adoptive, Kinship Parents & Child Welfare Professionals Lansing MAFAK Parents
May 10 Annual Spring HR Training Day Lansing Michigan Federation for Children & Families

JOB POSTINGS at www.michfed.org
Current listings include: Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, The Children’s Center of Wayne County, Whaley Children’s Center, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Starr Commonwealth, Holy Cross Children’s Services, and Child & Family Services, Capital Area.

The Federation is grateful for the support of its Sponsors!

AccreditationGuru/Jennifer Flowers Consulting • www.accreditationguru.com
Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency • www.bhsins.com Layton & Richardson, PC • www.lnrcpa.com
Michigan Specialty Insurance Agency • www.mispecialtyins.com Public Affairs Associates • www.paaonline.com
SPAN Corporation • www.spancorp.com

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