MHBFSAâ€™s 20th annual conferenceâ€”themed â€œExpanding Home-Based Connectionsâ€â€”will be held at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth September 27-28. Conference keynote speakers are David Austin Sky, speaker, trainer, author and storyteller, and Cea Cohen Elliott, professional motivational speaker, wellness and fitness coach and seminar and workshop leader. The two-day conference will include 16 workshops and a special annual meeting/awards luncheon to celebrate the organization's 20th anniversary.
Deadline to apply for Kinship Assistance Program is September 30, 2007: The Kinship Care Resource Center, through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University (MSU), announces the Michigan State Kinship Assistance Program. Attached with this e-mail is an application. The program is designed to help kinship families statewide. Kinship care is a term used to describe relative caregivers for children including grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other extended family members.
Program funding is made possible by the state through the Department of Human Services.
Sept. 20 in Bowling Green, OH: Preparing Your Agency for Federal Medicaid Audits: Building Compliance Solutions That Do Not Compromise Quality
Do you serve any clients funded by Medicaid for behavioral health care services?Â If so, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 has drastically changed requirements for case management and case notes and tracking of care!Â And you don't know what they are! In Michigan, your organization is often not the direct biller, and you have to rely on the Community Mental Health system to set out these requirements.
You can download here the just-released MSU SSW CE Fall 2007 Catalog of offerings for September through December 2007. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education program offers courses with a focus on Clinical Issues, Leadership, Specialty Programs, Contemporary Issues in Aging, and Supervision Certificate in Child and Family Services.
In a letter to DHS staff on August 1, 2007, Marianne Udow, Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services announced â€œas of August 31, I will be leaving the department to become the director of the Center for Health Care Quality and Transformation at the University of Michigan Health Center. Read her letter here.
For use by the Federation Nominating Committee, July 28, 2008.
National Council For Adoption launches online trainingâ€”"The Intercountry Adoption Journey"â€”for adoptive parents and adoption professionals
The National Council For Adoption (NCFA) has launched an online training titled The Intercountry Adoption Journey at www.hagueadoption.org. This eight-hour online training program provides prospective adoptive parents with eight of the ten hours of education required by The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, while also fulfilling eight of the 20 hours of biannual education on intercountry adoption required of adoption professionals.
Choose from nine different workshops geared to home-based services professionals at the MHBSAâ€™s summer conference in northern Michigan (Gaylord). Registration is free to MHBSA members; $50 for general admission. CECHs for social workers are pending approval. Registration deadline is August 1. Download the full details and registration form here: MHBFSA summer conference
September 18-19: Summer Series on Foster Youth in Transition to Adulthood: Striving to Make Permanency Permanent
September 18-19, 2007
Kellogg Center, East Lansing
7:30 a.m. â€“ 4:30 p.m.
NO REGISTRATION FEE; funded by the Governorâ€™s Task Force on Childrenâ€™s Justice
Download the full brochure here. Sep 18-19 SCAO Training
September 18thâ€™s â€œFocus on Permanencyâ€ will begin with an address by Kevin Campbell and anÂ exciting demonstration of his innovative â€œFamily Finderâ€ model.
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.
Starr Commonwealth is proud to announce that Henry Winkler, the actor known as â€œThe Fonzâ€ from his performance on the sitcom â€œHappy Days,â€ will appear at the 2007 Founderâ€™s Day event scheduled for Oct. 7.
Founderâ€™s Day is held the first Sunday of every October at Starr Commonwealthâ€™s Albion campus and is open to the public. It marks the anniversary of Floyd Starr, his family and 13 boys moving into Gladsome Cottage on Oct. 3, 1913.Winkler, an actor, producer, director, author and childrenâ€™s advocate, was chosen to appear at Starr Commonwealthâ€™s 94th anniversary celebration for multiple reasons.â€œHenry Winkler is multi-generational and someone who relates to all our staff, our children, their families and our friends,â€ said Dr. Martin L. Mitchell, President and CEO. â€œMr. Winkler is dedicated to the well-being of children and serves as an inspiration to all those who have suffered from low self-esteem. Weâ€™re honored heâ€™s joining us on this important day.â€
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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.
The Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP) and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness are looking for school-age programs operating this summer and fall willing to pilot an activity program in a game format designed to help 8-12 year olds be physically active. Download the documents (below) needed to apply for this FREE Michigan pilot program. Hurry, deadline to apply is July 10, 2007.
LANSING â€“ Foster youths aging out of care are just a click away from services and support as they transition to self-sufficiency, Department of Human Services officials announced today.
A new Web site, www.michigan.gov/fyit, offers information on a variety of issues and resources important to current and former foster youths, including housing, education, legal assistance, transportation, financial management, health and more. The site is the result of recommendations made by the Statewide Task Force on Youth Transitioning from Foster Care in 2006 and included input from foster youths.