FYI • April 16, 2010 • No. 8

FYI • April 16, 2010 • No. 8
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 30, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

May 20, 2010: Federation Member Day at the Capitol
Your presence in Lansing on May 20 is important! Join your Federation member colleagues for presentations and discussion with Michigan’s legislative leaders and top DHS Administrators; lunch with legislative leaders in the Capitol; and scheduled legislative visits. Be sure to include your staff and board members as you plan to attend this dynamic day of advocacy!
Sign up online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/membercapitolday2010

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS communications since the last FYI:
Additional PPC Facilitator Trainings have been scheduled in Wayne County: May 25-27 at Spectrum Human Services; June 15-17 at Spectrum Human Services; July 13-15 at Catholic Social Services; August 3-5 at Lutheran Social Services. Registration occurs through the state’s JJOLT system. Contact Nancy Rostoni if you have any questions: rostonin@michigan.gov
L-letter of 4/2/10, emailed 4/7/10 regarding Adoption and Foster Care Recruitment and Retention Plan
Letter of 4/5/10 requesting PPC facilitator information

• April 28: DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting—The next DHS Quarterly Contractors meeting is Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 1:00-3:00 PM at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. The Federation’s Residential Treatment MIN will meet that same day in the morning at the Federation office.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES

Holy Cross Children's Services receives Civic Engagement Grant

holycrosslogo.pngHoly Cross Children's Services receives Civic Engagement Grant

Holy Cross Children's Services (HCCS), one of Michigan’s largest not-for-profit providers of services to children and families across the state, has been awarded a $6,000 grant to support civic engagement activities for youth between the ages of 17-21 who are receiving or have completed independent living services through the agency.

The grant, announced by the Alliance for Children and Families, will allow Holy Cross Children's Services to more effectively engage youth in independent living services programming as advocates with local and state officials and aid in educating the general public about the issues they face. With more than 310 members across the United States and Canada, the private, nonprofit member agencies and organizations of the Alliance for Children and Families represent a significant force in the human services sector. In all, over 3.4 million clients participate in Alliance member services annually.
Sadly, many citizens are completely unaware of the circumstances that these young people face because they are a forgotten segment of a statewide population reeling from economic woes, unemployment and related issues. The HCCS Civic Engagement Project will ideally bring a much sharper focus to the particular topic of youth in independent living, helping the public in general and policy makers specifically to better understand their circumstances and means of assisting them in succeeding. Project plans include face to face visits with members of the Michigan State Legislature, testimony to House and Senate committees, presentations to various civic groups and interviews with local media.

FYI • April 2, 2010 • No. 7

FYI • April 2, 2010 • No. 7
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 16, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Registration is open for the June 22-23, 2010
Michigan Teen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey!"
This amazing conference is for youth ages 14-21, their caregivers, and professionals who work with teens. It will be held on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. This conference is also an excellent place for foster parents to earn training credit hours. Registrations and payment are due by May 30 to conference fiduciary Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. Download the full brochure, registration, and release forms from the home page of www.michfed.org. Check it out now! Spread the word!

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Snyder to accompany O’Grady to Summit on Public-Private Partnership—Sponsored by the Children's Bureau and the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services, two individuals from each state are invited to attend the fourth (annual) Summit on Public-Private Partnership in September 2010. Representing Michigan’s public sector will be Kathryne O’Grady, Deputy for Children’s Services Administration; representing private agencies will be Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder. The purpose of this summit is to facilitate dialogue among leaders in the public child welfare and private provider communities on topics such as (1) maintaining the partnership during times of crisis, (2) bridging the data and technology gap between public and private child welfare systems, and (3) partnering to successfully improve child welfare outcomes. These annual summits focus on sharing rather than simply disseminating information.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES

FYI • March 19, 2010 • No. 6

FYI • March 19, 2010 • No. 6
The next FYI bulletin will be issued April 1, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

• Member agency program data collection effort underway—Earlier this week, Federation Full Member agency executive directors received a request for adoption, foster care, residential treatment, independent living, and family preservation program information regarding numbers of youth in care, referring counties, utilization rates, and cost of providing services and, in the case of adoption and foster care, projections for cost to meet upcoming caseload reductions October 1, 2010 (20:1) and October 1, 2011 (15:1). This information will be used in aggregate form with policymakers, lawmakers and Children’s Rights as we advocate for proper reimbursement for contracted services. Our goal is 100% member participation; please make it a priority to respond with your data by March 23, 2010.

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Recent DHS communications—
• Letter of March 11, 2010, clarifying adoption and foster care supervisor qualifications.
• Email of March 15, 2010, providing new/updated policy effective April 1, 2010, within the JJ field policy manual regarding interstate Parole/Probation Procedures and Juvenile Justice Glossary.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• Follow up with Children’s Rights—On Monday, March 22, several Federation executives will join Board President Gary Tester and Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder on a conference call with Children’s Rights to discuss the three issues that are subject to the dispute resolution process as determined in last week’s federal court hearing to work toward formulating feasible solutions. The three areas are: training, caseloads, permanency backlog cases, and maltreatment in care.

Programs on Eagle Village planned

Eagle VillageFebruary 28, 2010 by Midland Daily News

When people tour Eagle Village, in Hersey, one of the most common reactions is that they didn't realize the size and scope of services.

"Often they didn't realize that we were here at all," a spokesperson said. "We find that many misconceptions still exist. There is a perception that Eagle Village is a juvenile detention center or lock down facility. After an individual takes a tour of Eagle Village, their comments include statements like, 'I can't believe what amazing work you do here" and "we never really understood, but we do now!'"

For more than 41 years, Eagle Village has been providing abused and neglected children from all over Michigan a safe place to live, helping them build positive relationships and develop character and leadership skills.

Eagle Village would like local residents to learn more about its services for abused and neglected children. Programs featuring Eagle Village staff and recipients of Eagle Village services are planned at the Midland Country Club. Call Lisa Spaugh at (231) 832-6589 or Linda Greene at (231) 832-7253 to reserve a spot. The program schedule is:

FYI • March 5, 2010 • No. 5

FYI • March 5, 2010 • No. 5
The next FYI bulletin will be issued March 19, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
• Children’s Rights Lead Attorney Sara Bartosz and Associate Director Susan Lambiase hear “how it’s going” from Federation member CEOs regarding the settlement agreement—Approximately half of member provider agencies were represented at this morning’s meeting at the Federation with Children’s Rights Lead Attorney Sara Bartosz and Associate Director Susan Lambiase. The group was also joined by Rep. Dudley Spade, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on DHS, who is keenly interested in how the agreement implementation is progressing. The information exchange was extremely valuable. Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder will attend the federal court hearing next Tuesday, where the monitors will report to the judge on the state’s progress toward meeting the requirements of the consent decree. The report will be posted at www.childrensrights.org; members are encouraged to read through it.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• PAFC contract amendment due date extended—As of late this afternoon, Susan Kangas, Chief Financial Officer for DHS, called and approved the Federation's request to extend the due date on the PAFC Contract Amendment until the end of the month. This is good news, as it will allow the Federation's advocacy efforts to continue on behalf of member agencies.
• Recent DHS communications—
March 1 regarding In-service Training Requirements; the need to obtain a JJOLT secure user ID and password; and designating a Training Facilitator Coordinator (TFC) if your local office does not have someone identified.
March 2 regarding Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) implementation. This includes a detailed protocol and a timeline for rollout of this requirement statewide.
March 3 regarding Medical and Dental Examination Reporting, due to DHS by April 15, 2010.

MEMBER NEWS

Girlstown Foundation providing care for 50+ years

Girlstown Foundation staffBy Austen Smith, Heritage Newspapers

When it comes to abused children, it's never easy.

There are horror stories of kids who have come from family backgrounds filled with neglect only to be shuffled through impersonal foster-care programs that do not provide the support necessary for children with behavioral problems.

There are, however, many success stories and the Girlstown Foundation, located in Belleville, has been a shining example for more than 50 years providing a comprehensive range of therapy, social work, residential and foster-care placement services for kids whom have come from terrible situations.
The longtime nonprofit organization at first featured just the residential program for troubled girls, but has blossomed to include foster care and Supervised Independent Living, with approximately 50 kids involved with those two programs alone.

With a little more than 50 employees spread throughout the residential facility, called Loch Rio, and administrative offices located on East Huron River Drive, the program provides services to hundreds of children each year. Most of the staff at Girlstown includes social workers with backgrounds in psychology and criminal justice.

Assistant Director Maria Lessnau does not have an easy job.

Starting out as a certification worker in 1995, she has experienced nearly every type of heartbreaking and exhilarating scenario that passes through Girlstown.

"The big push right now is licensing relatives. There are a lot of kids right now who are living with relatives who are not licensed as foster-care parents," Lessnau says. "The state's goal is to have only 10 percent of the parents in the home not licensed."

FYI • February 19, 2010 • No. 4

FYI • February 19, 2010 • No. 4
The next FYI bulletin will be issued March 5, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
www.michfed.org has a fresh new look
With you in mind, the Federation’s website is undergoing big changes. The public pages went “live” this week! Work continues behind the scenes to create an organized and easy-to-use site for members.

We thank you for your patience while we continue to post the kinds of information and resources that will be at your fingertips when you need it. Stay tuned!

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Governor’s state budget proposal—On Thursday, February 11, 2010, Governor Granholm presented her proposed state budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-2011. The budget year begins on October 1, 2010, and concludes September 30, 2011. Going into the 2011 budget year, the State of Michigan faces a projected $1.5 billion deficit, largely as a result of declining revenue in the state. In a year where a number of cuts will be the reality across all state departments, the Department of Human Services has been appropriated a little over $7 billion dollars. This gross appropriation is an increase of over $1 billion in comparison to the FY 2009-2010 budget. The Governor’s budget invests over $509.2 million in Michigan’s child welfare system. The main highlight includes a $39 million increase in child welfare improvements exists in order to comply with the Children’s Rights settlement agreement. These funds appropriated will support additional child protective services staff, contract monitoring staff, a federally required children’s services automation program, and the extension of foster care, subsidized guardianship and adoption assistance benefits to age 20. Further budget analysis materials are available at the Federation.

FYI • February 5, 2010 • No. 3

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 jenny@michfed.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

FYI • January 22, 2010 • No. 2

FYI • January 22, 2010 • No. 2
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 5, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• January 27: BJJ Director John Evans to meet with Residential MIN—On Wednesday of this week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Services held a joint hearing on the recent report, “Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09.” The Committee heard testimony from DHS Bureau of Juvenile Justice Director John Evans and took an interest in what the study’s findings mean for Michigan. Additionally, strategies for collecting additional data and developing areas of best practice within juvenile facilities to remedy this problem were discussed. John Evans will be a guest at the January 27 Residential Treatment MIN meeting to discuss these and other matters with members. You can find a copy of the report at www.michfed.org; click on Reports.

• January 27: Member CEOs to convene re Public Policy—Federation Board President Gary Tester and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder have invited member CEOs to attend a meeting at the Federation office January 27 at 1:00 PM for discussion about the current legislative atmosphere and Federation public policy priorities. If you are interested in public policy and would like to attend, RSVP to jenny@michfed.org.

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Revenue Estimating Conference report predicts $1.3 billion shortfall—This week, the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony from House Fiscal Agency Director Mitchell Bean regarding the findings of the recent Revenue Estimating Conference. The economic forecast predicts a $1.3 billion state budget deficit as the 2010-2011 fiscal year approaches. This figure is subject to change as the year progresses and a more accurate measurement of the state’s revenue becomes available, and it’s determined whether or not funds coming into Michigan may be affected by federal allocations.

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