FYI • July 9, 2010 • No. 14

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FYI • July 9, 2010 • No. 14
The next FYI bulletin will be issued July 23, 2010

• Legislature on recess—Michigan legislators are on break, expected to return to Lansing on July 21.
• State budget update—Governor Granholm signed the K-12 budget into effect this week, giving schools the financial information they need for state aid as they plan their upcoming school year. The Governor exercised her line item veto by eliminating special funding to school programs in Pontiac and Saginaw. She also cut partial restoration of funds to high wealth districts under the so-called 20j spending plans. Appropriations Committee conferees continued their work on sorting out the differences between the separate House and Senate approved budgets that need to be reconciled. Administration and legislative hopes were dashed of having all budgets completed by July 1, well in advance of the start of the state’s fiscal year on October 1. Leaders hope that some of the budgets can be finalized for votes on July 21 and July 28, the only two scheduled session days this month.

• 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:
➢ June 28: Billing Instructions for Juvenile Guardianship Administrative Rate
➢ June 30: Mother/Baby Residential Programs
➢ June 30: New Fingerprinting Process for Child Welfare Foster and Adoptive Applicants
➢ July 7: Transition of Foster Care Children into Medicaid Health Plans
➢ July 8: Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) Data Entry and Training
➢ July 8: Case Load Count Letter

• July 21: Jim Gale to be guest at Residential Treatment MIN meeting—Federation members will have an opportunity to talk with BCAL Director Jim Gale at the July 21 meeting of the Residential Treatment MIN, 10:00-12:00 at the Federation office. We’d like to get to Jim in advance of the meeting a list of some of the questions and concerns members would like to discuss. Please email your issues to by Friday, July 16, along with your RSVP.
• Calendar for Federation
July 21, 10:00-12:00: Residential Treatment MIN
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

• Affiliate Member Renewals—We are pleased to report Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan, represented by Director K.P. Pelleran, and Michigan State University School of Social Work, represented by Director Gary Anderson, have renewed their Affiliate memberships.
• Individual Member Renewals—We are also pleased to report recent Individual member renewals: Fred Prasser, CEO of The Manor, and Shirley Edwards, executive director of Spectrum Human Services.

• Foster Care Review Board issues 2009 Annual Report—This report includes data, trend summaries, and observations gleaned by the Foster Care Review Board during 2009 from the review of cases involving over 1,300 children in foster care. The information obtained from case reviews provides an objective, third-party evaluation of the care that Michigan’s foster care system provides to abused and neglected children. This year’s report and recommendations address significant issues related to achieving safe and timely permanency for children in foster care, particularly in the area of parent-child reunification. Download a copy of the report from the home page of

• July 23: Strength Based Solution Focused (SBSF) Practice—The Basics—Hosted by Judson Center, this training is for anyone working in the social work field looking to enhance their knowledge and skill providing a strengths based approach. This course is intended for anyone seeking continuing education for their LMSW, LBSW or SST licensure. This course is approved for 3 Social Work Continuing Education Clock Hours. Learning objectives are to: be able to define Strength Based Solution Focused (SBSF) Practice; feel confident in identifying and using SBSF language; and feel confident in utilizing SBSF tools and interventions. Find details at
• July 30: Cultural Competence in the New Millenium: Addressing the Changing Demographics—Also 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
• 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; your participation as an audience member is welcomed and encouraged. For more information, contact Angelique Day, and/or visit the home page.
• SCAO Child Welfare Services-hosted training opportunities—The following sessions were announced recently by the Child Welfare Services within the State Court Administrative Office. Registration is free, but you must register in advance. 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 17: Educational Issues in Child Welfare, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East 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 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
Check (scroll down the home page) to find details about additional announcements:
• July 13-16: TLC 2010 Childhood Trauma Practitioner’s Assembly • Members of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families receive reduced rates!
• July 14–16: MSU SSW 2nd Great Lakes Summer Institute and full CE Summer 2010 Catalog
• July 15-16 in Gaylord; August 24-25 in Lansing: “Effective Dual Disorders Treatment”
• August 19: Dirty Little Secrets: Identifying and Investigating the Perpetrator

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: D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Starr Commonwealth, Girlstown Foundation, and Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan.

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