FYI • February 5, 2010 • No. 3
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 19, 2010
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Governor’s State of the State Address—Gov. Jennifer Granholm delivered her final State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Legislature. The speech focused primarily on the state doing more to promote entrepreneurial development, in areas like alternative energy, the bio-sciences and new automotive developments, Granholm brought lawmakers of both parties to their feet, cheering. The Governor also called on the Legislature to restore the Michigan Promise Scholarship, which was cut in the 2009-10 budget. She said she would put the scholarship back in her budget, saying there would be a novel way to finance the scholarship and that it would be geared toward keeping graduates of state universities in the state. She also said she would not support any more cuts to education. In other policies and proposals, Granholm called for the creation of 10 centers in Detroit through its “No Worker Left Behind” program to help individuals in remedial education and technical training. If you’d like a copy of the entire SOS speech, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 18 at 10:00 a.m., member CEOs are encouraged to join a Legislative Conference Call with lobbyists Becky Bechler and Bruce Ashley to discuss the Governor’s budget that will be released February 11. Please join us for this conversation and planning session; call-in information will be emailed.
STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee met February 4—The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services held a hearing Thursday morning. Discussion covered several topic areas, including the new section within the 2009-2010 Human Services budget for the Children’s Rights settlement agreement spending, recommendations of FTE position cuts within the Department, and boilerplate language reports submitted by the DHS to the Legislature. This was the first of several hearings the subcommittee will hold; future meetings will be joint hearings with the Senate Committee for Family and Children’s Services. Federation staff will attend these hearings and provide you with updates on these important subjects! You are welcome to attend meetings, as well—Room 352 of the Capitol Building:
February 4, 8:30 am, topics:
• Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Budget Review
• New Children's Rights Settlement Section
• Implementation of FTE position cuts
• Multicultural integration funding line item
• Boilerplate reports
• Funding of Michigan Home Based Child Care Council
February 9, 8:30 am: Presentations from Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing, Purchased Services
Unit, and Contract & Rate Setting Unit
February 16, 8:30 am: Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Budget Presentation
February 18, 8:30 am: Update on federal Title IV-E funding
February 23, 8:30 am: Presentation on JET and employment and training support services
February 25, 8:30 am: Update on TANF and TANF maintenance of effort
• Request for Youth in Transition Resources/Program Information for SCAO—The Child Welfare Services Division at the State Court Administrative Office is in the process of planning a Youth In Transition training at the Kellogg Center on May 11, 2010. The event is free and will accommodate a cross-disciplinary audience of 250. The audience will be DHS and private agency foster care/adoption workers, judges/referees, attorneys, and tribal counterparts from Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes. SCAO would like to have several “unmanned” resource tables at the event that would have information from YIT programs/resources from around the state. If your organization has brochures, tri-fold display on your program, or any other information you would like to get out, they would be welcome. It is not necessary to have someone staff the resource table, as SCAO staff will replenish the supplies as needed. They will also arrange to return your display and/or any pamphlets that remain at the end of the day. To register for the event, visit http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/CWS/TrainingDevelopment.htm; click on the “off site” link and it will take you to the registration page. Please contact Maribeth Preston if you would like to submit materials on behalf of your organization. Additionally, if you have an interest in joining the planning committee, please feel welcome to contact her and she will add you to the work group. Contact information: Maribeth D. Preston JD, MSW, Management Analyst, SCAO Child Welfare Services, ph# 517.373.8995, fax# 517.373.8922, email@example.com.
• DHS Contractors meeting held February 3; next date is April 28—Numerous updates were provided by DHS staff at the Quarterly Contractors Meeting on February 3. The PowerPoint handouts will be available soon. Mark your calendar for the next date: Wednesday, April 28, 1:00-3:00 pm. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. The Federation’s Residential Treatment MIN will plan to meet that same day in the morning at the Federation office.
• Recent DHS communications—A number of new communications were issued via email by DHS since the last FYI. If you need a copy forwarded to you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org:
• February 1: Caseload Reporting for adoption and placement agency foster care contractors
• February 2: Advance Policy Bulletins:
— Foster Care Policy: regarding consent for psychotropic medications and payment for foster family care
— Native American Affairs Policy: SWSS alerts, Bridges terminology, legal basis, contact information, case management, placement priorities, state court administrator resource guide, relative licensing
— Juvenile Justice Case Record, Record Retention Policy: Minor edits.
• Legislative focus for 2010—Federation member executives gathered on January 27 for a meeting to discuss a legislative action plan for the 2010 legislative year. Federation members, along with our lobbyists, Bruce Ashley and Becky Bechler of Public Affairs Associates, discussed the critical need to be aggressive, nimble, and quick in our actions and advocacy in this unprecedented budgetary year. Although the political climate may change, requiring different approaches, the Federation will focus its legislative efforts on seven key issues in the coming year, which include:
1. Reimbursement Rates: Advocate for necessary resources that allow the membership to meet the requirements of the consent decree.
2. Receivables Past Due: Pursue unpaid bills dating back to 2003.
3. Contracts and Bidding: Per boilerplate, DHS is not required to put up for bids a contract where the service provider is nationally accredited or if the only service provider in that area.
4. Business of Contracts: Collaborate with DHS on a process for how contracts are negotiated, awarded, monitored, and the impact of policy changes on contracts.
5. Child Welfare Training Institute (CWTI) Procedures: Per boilerplate, accredited agencies can conduct their own staff training.
6. Out-of-State Placements: Per boilerplate, DHS shall not spend state dollars to pay for placement of a child in out-of-state facilities.
7. Juvenile Justice Strategy Development: Assist legislative leaders and administration in developing a comprehensive JJ strategy.
Board President Gary Tester and Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder met with Michigan DHS Director Ismael Ahmed on February 3, the first of collaborative meetings this year.
• Residential Treatment MIN met on January 27; next meeting April 28—The Residential Treatment MIN welcomed guest BJJ Director John Evans, who spoke with the group about his review of the recent study regarding sexual victimization in juvenile justice facilities across the country, and Michigan data in particular. Other agenda items included an agency presentation by Whaley Children’s Center, a report from MIN Chair Fred Prasser regarding a January conference that featured the CASII assessment tool, updates on seclusion/restraint and the residential rate adjustment, consideration of training for JJ facilities staff, and discussion of difficulties getting approvals for pre-10 waivers and other exception-based placements. Minutes were issued and emailed earlier this week; resource materials were included with the email. The Residential Treatment MIN will plan to meet on Wednesday, April 28, 10:00-12:00, at the Federation office—the same day as the DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting.
• Adoption, Licensing, and Foster Care January 13 minutes issued—Minutes of these meetings were issued earlier this week. The next meeting date is Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the Federation.
• Calendar for Federation—Meetings will be held at the Federation office unless otherwise noted:
February 18: 10:00-10:30 Legislative Strategy Conference Call with Member CEOs; call-in info will be emailed to CEOs
March 10: 1:00-3:30 Board of Directors Meeting [lunch at noon]
March 31: 10:00-Noon Adoption MIN
March 31: 12:30-1:30 Licensing MIN
March 31: 1:30-3:30 Foster Care MIN
March 31: 3:30-4:30 Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN
April 14: 12:30-2:00 HR MIN
April 14: 2:00-3:30 Staff Training MIN
May 12: 8:30-3:30 Annual Spring HR Training Day
June 22-23: 2010 Michigan Teen Conference at Central Michigan University
September 15-17: Federation Senior Management Conference & Annual Membership and Board Meetings at Crystal Mountain
• St. Peter’s Home for Boys welcomes new executive director—Crystal Mosby, LLPC, has been appointed executive director of St. Peter’s Home for Boys located in Detroit. Crystal had served as the agency's assistant executive director for several years prior to her appointment in January. You can welcome Crystal via email@example.com.
TRAINING & EVENTS
• Building a Home with Heart Couples Weekend Retreats: One each in April, May and June—This is a training program for strengthening healthy marriage and couple relationships, designed for adoptive, kinship and fostering parents and sponsored by Michigan State University and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. These are very popular...spread the word so couples can sign up soon! Find all the details at www.michfed.org; click on Training.
• April 29-May 2: MAFAK Parents Spring Training Conference—The full conference booklet for the 2010 MAFAK Conference will be in the mail soon. Get your advance copies from www.michfed.org and get them into the hands of your adoptive/foster/kinship parents. Themed “Every Child…Every Family…One Michigan,” the conference will be held in Lansing at the Causeway Bay Hotel & Conference Center. Guest speakers include: author Dr. Foster Cline, co-founder of the Love and Logic Institute and co-author of the Parenting with Love and Logic series; and Stephen Youngs, minister, school principal, and foster/adoptive parent. Twenty-eight workshops are offered. This conference is an amazing value. Special conference rates for overnight accommodations at the Causeway Bay are $71.99 for reservations made by April 8.
Check www.michfed.org (click on Training) to find details about these recent announcements:
• Wedgwood Institute issues January–March 2010 workshops schedule
• January 27: Treating Bipolar Disorder (free)
• MSU SSW Continuing Education Spring 2010 Catalog now available
• February 19: 8th Annual Michigan Fatherhood Conference
• February 23-24: MACMHB Winter Conference, “Circles of Support…Engaging the Community”
• February 26-27: 2010 MIAPT Annual Conference
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
• Charity gala ticket sales to top last year, official says (Children's Center of Wayne County)
• Children's Home property to be sold (Starr Commonwealth)
• Amway executive discusses importance of mentors at Inforum dinner (Bethany Christian Services)