FYI • July 23, 2010 • No. 15
The next FYI bulletin will be issued August 6, 2010
• The National Council of Nonprofits seeks input from private agencies contracting with state and local governments—At a time when human services organizations are still struggling with the economy, some nonprofits are reporting another worrisome trend: state and local governments are not paying the organizations what they promised, when they promised, or with enough funding to pay the full cost of services. We have certainly seen this trend in Michigan. According to an ongoing analysis by the National Council of Nonprofits, governments are finding new ways to shortchange nonprofits and exploit the contracting relationship. See the five worst government contracting abuses. Has your agency experienced any of the following practices or abuses by state or local governments?
• Delayed payments
• Contract terms amended in mid-contract
• Imposition of fees or deductions from what the government would otherwise owe
• Failure/refusal to pay indirect costs
• Failure to pay the full cost of providing services under the contracts
If so, please share your story with the National Council of Nonprofits, and any documentation you have, so they can investigate the seriousness of the government contracting challenges in your state. You will find a link called “share your story” at this website: http://unca-acf.org/insider/?p=537.
STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Legislative update—All is quiet at the State Capitol, with further work on the state budgets expected to resume mid-August following the primaries. Don’t forget to get out and vote in the August 3 primary election!
STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS communications posted at www.michfed.org—The items listed below can be found within www.michfed.org; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of items issued since the last FYI:
➢ July 9: Caseload Count Letter
➢ July 14: Residential Treatment and Transition Unit
➢ July 16: Status of Relative Caregiver Backlog Cohort by County as of June 1, 2010
➢ July 21: AFPRR plan for FY 2011 deadline extended to October 31, 2010
• August 25: DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting—As of today, the DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting is still scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 1:00-3:00 PM at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing.
• Jim Gale guest at Residential Treatment MIN meeting—BCAL Director Jim Gale met with Residential Treatment MIN members July 21. Jim announced that Janice Tribble has been promoted to Director of the Child Welfare Services Division within BCAL. Discussion with Jim included the CWLA recommendations issued earlier this year regarding seclusion and restraint as they relate to the settlement agreement. We continue to encourage Federation member agencies to review these recommendations and provide feedback through Janet Reynolds Snyder, who will continue to relay input to the federal monitor. Jim updated members regarding the CCI, CPA and Foster Home licensing rules, which are all “in process” of review and updating. Protocols for CPS investigations as they relate to residential facilities were discussed. Jim encouraged members to train new staff related to mandated reporter requirements given the serious consequences of failure to report, about which there was significant discussion during the meeting, reflected in the minutes. Jim also mentioned SBs 1100-1102, if passed, will bring consistency to the requirement for criminal background checks across the various adult and child services programming. Minutes of the meeting will be issued soon. The next meeting date is set for Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:00-12:00 at the Federation.
• 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)
TRAINING and EVENTS
• July 30: Cultural Competence in the New Millenium: Addressing the Changing Demographics—Hosted by Judson Center, this training is for anyone working in the social work field looking to enhance their knowledge and skill regarding Cultural Competence. This course is intended for anyone seeking continuing education for their LMSW, LBSW or SST licensure. This program has been approved for 3 continuing education contact hours. By attending this training, attendees will: be able to define cultural competence and identify multiple models; increase their knowledge of cultural end ethnic shifts experienced within the child welfare system over the past decade; be able to identify the principle changes to current practice required to meet the needs of the changing population; and learn effective tools for evaluating the cultural competence of staff, and methods for maintaining and improving on existing knowledge and skill. Details are posted at www.michfed.org.
• August 6: KidSpeak 2010—This year’s KidSpeak event will be held at MSU’s College of Law and is sponsored by Michigan’s Children, the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, MSU’s Chance at Childhood, State Court Administrative Office, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth and is funded in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The purpose of this KidSpeak is to give young people ages 14-21 who are aging out of the foster care system a voice in the public policy debate by giving them the opportunity to speak directly to federal, state and local decision makers about educational barriers that impede a successful transition from high school to college. Registration for the audience opens at 9:30 a.m.; the event runs from 10:00 a.m. until noon. A “Listening Panel” of policymakers has been invited, including Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder. Your participation as an audience member is welcomed and encouraged. For more information, contact Angelique Day, email@example.com and/or visit the www.michfed.org home page.
• 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, Atachment RAD, and Teen Alcohol/Drug Use & Treatment. The training is free for all MHBFSA members and $50 for all others. Find details and registration information at www.mihomebased.com.
• August 17: SCAO hosts Educational Issues in Child Welfare (at Kellogg Center in East Lansing)—Members of the Michigan Coalition for Children and Families have been working with the State Court Administrative Office, DHS, MDE and others to develop this one-day conference 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: http://webcast.you-niversity.com/youtools/companies/viewSchedule.asp?aff...
• 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 www.michfed.org 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 www.michfed.org:
➢ 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 www.mi-pte.org 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. Watch for more information at www.macmhb.org.
Check www.michfed.org (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 www.michfed.org; click on Job Postings. Full and Affiliate Members can list postings for free; email your text and/or attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org; include a date for the posting to be unpublished. Current listings include: Child & Family Services, Capital Area, Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, The Children’s Center of Wayne County, D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, and Starr Commonwealth.