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2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 

What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now? Yesterday The Michigan League for Public Policy released the 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book to find out.

The book examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2008/2009, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom half of states in the national KIDS COUNT rankings and there are significant disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, place and income.

Child poverty continues to be a major problem facing Michigan kids. More than 1 in 5 (22%) Michigan children lived in poverty in 2015, a 15% rate increase since 2008. Poverty rates are significantly worse for kids of color, with 47% of African-American kids and 30% of Latino kids living in poverty compared to 15% for White kids in 2015. Nearly 28% of children in rural counties live in poverty, 24% in midsize counties and 22% in urban counties, although poverty increased at the highest rate for urban areas.

Other key data findings:

  • Rate of confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect rose by 30% from 2008; over 80% of incidents were due to neglect;
  • Working a full-time, minimum wage job leaves a parent with a family of three $1,657 below poverty each year;
  • Nearly 20% of mothers report smoking during pregnancy, with higher rates in rural communities;
  • 31% of mothers did not receive adequate prenatal care throughout their pregnancy;
  • About 10% of children in Michigan are impacted by parental incarceration;
  • On average, monthly child care consumed 38% of 2016 minimum wage earnings; and
  • Nearly 17% of Michigan children live in high-poverty neighborhoods—but the rate is 55% for African-American kids and 29% for Latino children.

If Michigan is to progress and become a place where people want to work and raise families, then resources and strategies must be targeted to ensure that all children are able to thrive and reach their full potential regardless of race, ethnicity, family income or where they live.

MDHHS submits final 298 report to the legislature

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the final report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan legislature. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The initiative is based upon Section 298 of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations act, which directed MDHHS to develop a report with recommendations to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The final report chronicles the history of the statewide discussion and summarizes feedback and input from consumers, providers, payers, and advocates on this issue.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the 298 Workgroup for their commitment and shared belief that we can do more to improve the integration of behavioral and physical health services,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We look forward to continued dialogue with our partners and supporting the legislature as they review the recommendations.”

Building on the interim report issued in January, the final report includes a series of recommendations developed by the workgroup. The recommendations are for the legislature on the best strategies to improve the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report includes the 70 initial policy recommendations outlined in the interim report, and also incorporates several new recommendations from the workgroup on financing models and benchmarks for implementation.

MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to assist with the development of the report. Over the last few months, MDHHS and the workgroup have led a statewide discussion on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. The final report will support and inform upcoming legislative discussions on the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services. MDHHS will work with the legislature on reviewing the recommendations and help support upcoming discussions.

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

Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force report

Attached please find a copy of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force report issued by Chair Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. This report details the Task Force’s findings and recommendations for action. A Subcommittee summary is also attached.

 

2016 Annual Report to Membership

2016 Annual Report to the Membership—As you know, the Federation is in the forefront of advocacy and action on behalf of vulnerable children and families in Michigan. Not only is our input and feedback sought out by the state’s leadership, it is well respected and acted upon. Find a summary of the past year’s highlights in our 2016 Annual Report to the Membership, attached below. Request print copies by emailing jenny@michfed.org.

2016 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report available for purchase

The 2016 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report was mailed on September 30, 2016, to each Federation member agency representative and HR director, as per Executive Committee policy. It is available for purchase by other interested parties.

Data in this 2016 report was provided by 50 private, nonprofit human service agencies across Michigan. The Salaries section summarizes over 8,600 actual hourly wages reported. All report information is displayed in aggregate and in two subsets to permit a closer comparison among similarly sized organizations—agencies with annual budgets less than $6 million and agencies with annual budgets more than $6 million. When fewer than five data items were reported for a particular survey element, the information is not displayed, in keeping with guidelines of the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Rose Homa, rose@michfed.org. Many thanks to those who invested their time and energy completing this survey; you’ve made this an especially valuable resource for yourselves and your colleagues!

To purchase the 2016 report, the following prices apply: $150 for Federation Members and Corporate Sponsors; $200 for non-participating non-Federation entities. Send your request and payment to Michigan Federation for Children and Families, 320 N. Washington Square, Suite 100, Lansing, MI 48933. Or e-mail your request to jenny@michfed.org and pay via credit card at this link (a 4% administrative charge will be added to your order): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MichfedPayment

 

The 2018 Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey will open for submissions at the end of January 2018. 

Schuette Issues 2015 Human Trafficking Commission Report

Report outlines important work of Human Trafficking Commission, highlights next steps in stopping modern day slavery LANSING ­– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the 2015 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report to the governor and legislature, highlighting the important work the commission has accomplished and setting the stage to continue the fight against this form of modern slavery. “Human trafficking has been one of my top priorities since taking office. The challenging nature of these cases require a focus on the victims and the desperate circumstances they find themselves in,” said Schuette. “And my office has worked closely with law enforcement across the State of Michigan to prosecute traffickers in our state and put an end to their trade.” Over the last year, the Human Trafficking Commission worked on the following: Developed recommended legislative changes involving human trafficking, including increasing the penalty for sex traffickers and allow victims to clear prostitution-related juvenile convictions; Began development of expanded human trafficking training videos to educate medical professionals on the mental and physical signs of human trafficking with the Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County Medical Societies ; Gathered information to assist victim service agencies identify safe locations for human trafficking victims; Identified grants for local and state law enforcement, medical professionals and others to assist in countering human trafficking. The full 2015 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report is available at the bottom of this press release. The next meeting of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission will be on April 26, 2016, followed by meetings on July 27 and November 2, 2016. Michigan Human Trafficking Commission In 2014, several bills recommended by Michigan's first-ever Commission on Human Trafficking passed the Michigan legislature and were signed into law. The Commission-recommended bills included measures to provide ‘safe harbor' for victims of human trafficking, strengthen the tools of law enforcement to hold traffickers accountable, and, 2014 PA 325 created a standing Michigan Human Trafficking Commission within the Department of Attorney General to continue the work of the first Michigan Human Trafficking Commission. The Commission is comprised of representatives from government, law enforcement, medical professionals and advocates. Human Trafficking in Michigan Second only to drug trafficking, human trafficking is the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world. Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, solely for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation. Children are especially vulnerable, and existing data sources strongly suggest that the current reported human trafficking statistics do not provide a complete picture of the prevalence of human trafficking in Michigan. Upon taking office in 2011, Schuette launched the state's first Human Trafficking Unit in the Attorney General's Office to prosecute human traffickers under state law. Since 2011, eleven people have been charged with human trafficking by the Department of Attorney General. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also had an active presence in human trafficking cases in Michigan. In October of 2015, 19 underage victims were recovered and 12 pimps were arrested in the Detroit metro area as part of the FBI’s Operation Cross County IX. Schuette served as one of ten attorneys general nationwide selected to lead the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative on Combating Human Trafficking, called Pillars of Hope. Schuette works closely with his colleagues to craft a coordinated national strategy to combat human trafficking, including efforts to prosecute offenders, assist victims, analyze the impact of this crime and raise public awareness nationwide.

Youth Behind Bars: Report Exposes High Cost of Kids in Michigan's Adult Criminal Justice System

The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) has been working for over a year on a crucial report: Youth Behind Bars: Exploring the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan's Criminal Justice System. The report states that from 2003 through 2013, more than 20,000 Michigan youth were placed on adult probation, detained in jail, or imprisoned for an offense committed when they were younger than 18 years old. Michigan is one of ten states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults, accounting for 95 percent of youth in the adult system. The majority of these charges were for non-violent offenses that did not include a weapon.

Take some time to read the report and find out what is happening to kids in our adult system. The report is posted below.. Click here to view all of the report materials prepared by MCCD.

Mental Health and Wellness Commission report released this week

In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder issued an Executive Order to assemble a Mental Health and Wellness Commission and charged it with making recommendations for improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders in our state. The charge of the Commission was “to address any gaps in the delivery of mental health services and propose new service models to strengthen the entire delivery spectrum of mental health services throughout the state of Michigan.” You will recall that Federation membership had the opportunity to participate in a needs assessment developed by the Federation last summer titled “Statewide Mental Health Services Assessment.” The results of the survey were shared with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and the Commission. The bipartisan, bicameral Mental Health and Wellness Commission released their final report of recommendations on Tuesday before a joint Health Policy Committee hearing, and quickly got a promise of fast legislative action on some of the 60 proposals. There is a large focus in the report on recommendations for children, which is a testament that the Federation membership needs were well heard by the Lieutenant Governor. The “Addressing the Needs of Children” section on pages 11-12 features direct recommendations of Federation membership. You will also find the “Residential Treatment” and “Juvenile Justice” recommendations relevant to the work of the membership. Thank you, Federation members, for your good work on this!

Michigan Child Death State Advisory Team Tenth Annual EXECUTIVE REPORT

Michigan Child Death State Advisory Team Tenth Annual EXECUTIVE REPORT

Please find the attached report on child deaths in Michigan which provides county specific data as well as statewide recommendations.

Teens in Foster Care Face Elevated Risk of Becoming a Teen Parent

Teens in foster care face considerable individual and family challenges that place them at an elevated risk of becoming a teen parent. Child Trends has released a new research brief, Teen Parents in Foster Care: Risk Factors and Outcomes for Teens and Their Children, which reviews existing research literature on teens in foster care and examines analyses of primarily regional data to assess the extent to which teens in foster care are at risk of teen pregnancy and parenting. Existing studies suggest that teens in foster care have higher rates of teen pregnancy and parenthood than youth not in care. More than 160,000 of the children in foster care were over 12 years old in 2009.

On the basis of the research highlighted in this brief, Child Trends identifies several challenges to reducing rates of pregnancy and childbearing among teens in foster care and to preventing negative outcomes for these teen parents and their children. With this brief, we hope to increase understanding of this high-risk population; to inform strategies to reduce teen pregnancies in foster care and support teen parents in foster care and their children; and to identify issues that need further research.

This research was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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