FYI • August 6, 2010 • No. 16

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FYI • August 6, 2010 • No. 16
The next FYI bulletin will be issued August 20, 2010


Register now for Sept. 15–17, 2010 Senior Management Conference!
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• Legislative update—With the August 3 primary elections behind us, we look forward to work on the state budget to resume in mid-August. The legislature returns August 11 for a one-day session then resumes its three-day a week session on August 17. Lansing will look to Washington DC next week as the U.S. House breaks from its summer recess to vote on legislation that would restore funding for state Medicaid programs and state teacher funding. The U.S. Senate approved the funding Thursday. With the expected federal House approval, Michigan should receive around $330 million from the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) program. Michigan budget leaders said without the FMAP funds, the state would have to cut another $560 million from Medicaid program funding. The U.S. House vote next week also is expected to approve about $10 billion nationwide for states to fund teachers. Michigan is expected to receive about $318 million of the teacher funding grant. Michigan legislative leaders have appointed joint conference committees to resolve differences on the 14 remaining state budgets (only the K-12 funding has been approved), but conferees are not expected to reach any agreements next week. Governor Granholm reiterated her commitment this week that she does not support a continuation budget and called on legislative leaders to complete work on state spending well in advance of the October 1 start of the new fiscal year.

• DHS communications posted at—The items listed below can be found within; log in with your user name and password and go to “DHS Communications” in the righthand column. Need a Federation user name and password? Contact Here is a list of items issued since the last FYI:
➢ July 28: August 2, 2010 Caseload Count – Private Agency
➢ July 28: L-Letter Child Welfare Act Training
➢ July 28: L-Letter Medical & Mental Health Training Series – Additional ADHD & Anxiety Training Date
➢ August 2: 7-30-2010 Transition of FC Children into Medicaid Health Plans (MHPs)
➢ August 2: L010-095-CW ICHAT
➢ August 2: L-10-096-CW Transitioning Foster Youth: Housing Resources, Referrals and Reporting Requirements
➢ August 2: L-10-097 Revised Family Incentive Grant
• August 25: DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting—Deb Buchanan confirmed this week that the DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting will be held Wednesday, August 25, 1:00-3:00 PM at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing.

• September 20: “Dancing in September” Federation of Youth Services annual dinner fundraiser—The Federation of Youth Services invites you to the agency’s annual dinner fundraiser, Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:00 PM at the Laurel Manor Banquet Center, 39000 Schoolcraft road, Livonia. Tickets are $75 per person. RSVP to (313) 571-4707.
• Individual Member renewals—The Federation is pleased to report receipt of Individual Member renewals from the following supporters:
➢ James V. Ballenca, Jr., Managing Partner, Bellanca, Beattie & DeLisle, PC, Board member of Holy Cross Children's Services
➢ Janet Flanegin, Macomb County Regional Director, Judson Center
➢ George D. Goodman, retired, former Executive Director, MI Municipal League, volunteer for Starr Commonwealth
➢ Dick Gritter, retired, former President/Executive Director Wedgwood Christian Services
➢ James Haveman, President, Haveman Group
➢ John P. Jacobs, President, Jacobs & Diemer, PC, Board member of Holy Cross Children's Services
➢ Robert Miles, President/CEO, Lutheran Child & Family Service of MI
➢ Catherine O'Malley, General Manager, Fairlane Town Center, Board member of Holy Cross Children's Services
➢ Joseph Pasman, Jr., Investment Adviser Representative, Eagle Strategies Corporation, Board member of Lutheran Child & Family Service of MI
➢ Jeff Roley, Director of Child Welfare Services, Bethany Christian Services
➢ Albert L. Schaller, Chairman of the Board, Schaller Corporation, Board member of Holy Cross Children's Services
➢ Chris Smith, Executive VP & CFO, Starr Commonwealth
➢ Alicia Winget, retired General Manager, the Wyndgate Country Club, Board member of Lutheran Child & Family Service of MI

• Calendar for Federation
September 15-17: Federation Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership and Board Meetings at Crystal Mountain
October 6: 11:30-2:00 HR Lunch & Learn, topic: Health Care Reform
October 6: 2:00-3:30 Staff Training MIN
October 13: 10:00-12:00 Adoption MIN
October 13: 12:30-1:30 Licensing MIN
October 13: 1:30-3:00 Foster Care MIN
October 13: 3:00-4:00 Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN
October 20: 10:00-12:00 Residential Treatment MIN
November 10: 1:00-3:30 Board of Directors meeting (lunch served at noon)

• Senator Jacobs named to lead Michigan Human for Human Services—Sen. Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) will take over as president/CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services when her legislative term expires at the end of this year. She will replace Sharon Parks who will retire after 33 years with the organization.

• August 13: Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Northern Michigan Training—This day-long series of workshops will be held in Gaylord; topics include: Tools, Tips & Other Tricks, Anxiety Disorders, Teen Suicide & Depression, Attachment RAD, and Teen Alcohol/Drug Use & Treatment. The training is free for all MHBFSA members; $50 for all others. Visit for details.
• August 17: SCAO hosts Educational Issues in Child Welfare (at Kellogg Center in East Lansing)—This one-day conference is focused on improving educational outcomes for kids in foster care by addressing barriers in the areas of attendance, behavior, and academic achievement. A main function of the conference is to connect professionals across multiple disciplines to encourage collaboration across service systems. There is a lot of interest in thinking through how the systems can work better together (courts, schools and CPS) to increase expectations for these kids AND utilize resources and legal requirements that exist around service provision for them. The agenda for the conference includes a presentation by DHS on the role/expectations/etc. of their Educational Planners and a presentation about federal requirements through McKinney-Vento and Fostering Connections Acts as they relate to educational options and supports for foster youth. The last 1½ hours of the training will be an exercise for small groups to look at scenarios of foster youth and discuss how different systems could be supportive of that youth in improving their educational success. Broad participation from all the systems that impact the educational success of kids in care is necessary for this important conversation. There is no cost for attending this training, and CEUs are available. Here is the direct link for registration:
• August 23-24: ACT Against Violence Parenting Program training—Participants in this workshop will learn to conduct a program for parents of children ages 0 to 10 years. The goal of the program is to build parents’ positive, nonviolent discipline techniques, prevent child maltreatment and family violence, help families to handle behavior problems and raise non-violent children. Once trained, participants will be part of a network of over 3000 ACT Against Violence-trained professionals across the nation, and will benefit from technical and networking support from the American Psychological Association’s ACT Against Violence Program. For more information about ACT:
• August 24-25-26: SCAO hosts Indian Child Welfare Act Regional Trainings—In September 2009, the State Court Administrative Office, Child Welfare Services Division, published the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Court Resource Guide. Drafting the Guide marked the beginning of a state-tribal collaboration to increase Michigan’s compliance with the federal ICWA and to improve communication between the tribes, courts, and DHS/private agencies. This training will cover the history of tribal sovereignty, the new ICWA Court Resource Guide, the 1978 Federal ICWA, and Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes’ contacts and resources for helping Native American children. The training will utilize a team approach to encourage DHS, state court, and tribal collaboration. Attendees will work as teams, using a hands-on approach to resolve fact-based issues that require interpreting and applying the ICWA. Even if you do not already have a team assembled for this training, please still plan to attend. You will be assigned to a team on the day of the training. Go to to find the fliers for these day-long sessions:
➢ August 24: Indian Child Welfare Act Regional Training for Upper Peninsula Marquette
➢ August 25: Indian Child Welfare Act Region III Training Mt. Pleasant
➢ August 26: Indian Child Welfare Act Region IV Training Petoskey
• Additional SCAO Child Welfare Services-hosted training opportunities—Links to the details can be found at
➢ August 12: Handling the Child Welfare Case – Applying Law to Practice, Lexington Lansing Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel), Lansing
➢ August 19: Michigan’s 2009 CFSR and Program Improvement Plan Webcast
➢ September 1-2: The Essentials of Parent Representation: A Two-Day Training for Attorneys Representing Parents in Child Protective Proceedings, Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor
• September 13-14: 11th Annual Substance Use Disorder Conference—Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Substance Use Disorder Conference at the Lansing Center. Hosted by the Michigan DCH, MH Substance Abuse Administration and the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services, the conference will focus on transforming the SUD system into a Recovery Oriented System of Care. Topics include the DSM-V, prescription drug abuse, cultural competency, coalitions, prevention tool-kit, advocacy, recovery management, story-telling and more! Cost is $180 until August 20, 2010, or $145 to attend one day. After August 20, 2010, the cost of registration will be $200. Registration will close on September 1, 2010. 12 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the full conference. Please visit to register and take advantage of the early-bird rate!
• September 21-22: “Meaningful Lives…Making It Happen”—This conference is hosted by the Michigan Association of CMH Boards and will be held in Dearborn. The goals are to:
➢ Share methods and strategies for assisting people with developmental disabilities to build successful relationships and community membership
➢ Foster supports and services that encourage contributions to the community
➢ Promote a culture of gentleness in environments where individuals with developmental disabilities and the people who support them interact
➢ Enhance relationships among people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers
➢ Better understand the ways to support caregivers who serve people with developmental disabilities
➢ Provide opportunity for networking and leadership among caregivers throughout the state
Social work CEs will be offered. For more information, visit
• September 27: Take Your Fundraising Efforts to the Next Level; special rate for MichFed members!—This day-long session focuses on the role of board members in communicating the importance of mission and organizational impact to prospective donors within their personal networks. This high-level workshop will provide attendees with the tools to work most effectively with board members as ambassadors to potential donors. Attendees will learn how to empower board members to initiate comfortable conversations on mission and vision, as well as lay the foundation for the successful solicitation of charitable gifts. Members of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families can register for the Alliance-member rate! The seminar will be hosted at Starr Commonwealth in Albion. Find details at
• October 13-14: Determining Change: Increasing Choice & Control for Older Adults—The Office of Services to the Aging is proud to co-sponsor the "Determining Change" conference with the Center for Self-Determination. The conference will offer practical tools for implementing and enhancing Person-Centered Planning and Self-Determination in the aging and disability communities. The two-day conference will be held in Lansing and will offer continuing education units for nurses, social workers and nursing facility administrators. Scholarships are available for people who use long term care supports and services to attend. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are also offered. Find details at:
• October-December: Wedgwood Institute Tuesday Training Breaks—Visit for more information and a link to the flier with full details for these sessions:
➢ October 12: Children and Families: Understanding Attachment and Attachment Theory
➢ November 9: Understanding Childhood Broken Attachments (intermediate and advanced skill levels)
➢ December 7: Continuing the Journey Assessing Child and Family Attachments for Treatment Planning (intermediate and advanced skill levels)

Check (scroll down the home page) to find details about additional announcements:
• August 19: Dirty Little Secrets: Identifying and Investigating the Perpetrator – Grand Rapids
• August 27: Medical and MH Training Series: Meeting the Needs of Children in the Child Welfare System – Traverse City

Job listings are found at; click on Job Postings. Full and Affiliate Members can list postings for free; email your text and/or attachments to; include a date for the posting to be unpublished. Current listings include: Catholic Charities West Michigan, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, and Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

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