Elizabeth Carey joins Starr Commonwealth’s executive team

ElizabethCarey.jpgALBION, MI – Starr Commonwealth, an internationally recognized nonprofit service provider of strength-based programs for at-risk youth and families, announces the addition of Elizabeth A. Carey as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Administrative Services Officer.

In her new role, Carey will provide leadership for Starr’s strategic direction of investing in its people, as well as help shape the future of Starr’s talent management initiatives and business strategies. Carey has a comprehensive professional background that includes social work, government relations, statewide and national association leadership and operations.

She most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Alliance for Children and Families. She directed day-to-day operations, planned and executed strategic plans, coordinated member recruitment and retention efforts, and helped determine the public policy agenda.

Carey is no stranger to the nonprofit social service sector of Michigan. Before serving in a leadership role at the Alliance for Children and Families, Carey was Executive Director of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, a statewide organization located in Lansing for nonprofit social service providers. While at the Michigan Federation, Carey directed the public policy efforts at state and national levels, organized and implemented grassroots advocacy efforts, and represented the federation membership with the legislature and state/federal departments.

FYI • January 8, 2010 • No. 1

FYI • January 8, 2010 • No. 1
The next FYI bulletin will be issued January 22, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• The Children’s Center of Wayne County achieves accelerated accreditation through COA—Congratulations to CEO Debora Matthews and her outstanding staff for achieving accelerated accreditation status through the Council on Accreditation’s Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process. This means that the agency received no out-of-compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. This is an amazing achievement!

• Holy Cross Children’s Services earns full re-accreditation through CARF—Congratulations to Executive Director Loren Brown and VP of Advocacy Gary Tester and their outstanding staff for achieving reaccreditation through CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. All of the agencies programs and sites throughout Michigan have been reaccredited for a three-year period. Hats off to Holy Cross!

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Legislature returning soon—It is our understanding that legislators will be back in Lansing on a limited basis the week of January 11. House and Senate Sessions are scheduled only for January 13 and 14, 20 and 21.
• Revenue Estimating Conference to meet January 11—Administration budget officials will meet with the Senate Fiscal Agency and House Fiscal Agency on Monday, January 11, in the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference to see if the state's finances are on track to meet budget obligations.

EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

Wedgwood Institute issues January–March 2010 workshops schedule

Individuals can earn Social Work CECHs at all of Wedgwood Institute’s lifelong learning opportunities and “Tuesday Training Breaks.” Offerings for January–March include:
• January 12: The Psychology of Eating
• January 21: What’s Your Story?
• February 11: Music Therapy: Reaching Adolescents with Emotional Impairments
• March 9: Understanding and Interacting Effectively with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
• March 17: Basic Challenges of Adoptive Development

Full details and registration information can be found in the attached brochures (see link below).

Holy Cross Children's Services Receives Full Accreditation

Holy Cross Children's Services (HCCS) was notified today (12-23-09) that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has issued a full three-year accreditation to the agency for all programs and sites. This new accreditation covers the agency from December 2009 to December 2012.

According to CARF, service providers accredited by CARF enjoy recognition among an international community of persons served, peer facilities, and programs for superior standards of care and excellence in outcomes. For consumers of services, it is assurance that the provider meets rigorous CARF guidelines for service and quality—a qualified endorsement that the provider conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for consumers.

“This is simply great news and a wonderful early Christmas gift” according to Loren Brown, Executive Director of HCCS. “This accreditation affirms the commitment of our coworkers to providing the best possible services to children, youth and families. We are humbled to have the opportunity to serve those most in need and appreciate being recognized for our efforts to do so through quality services. I congratulate our coworkers and applaud their efforts!”

Holy Cross Children's Services has been providing services to Michigan’s children, youth and families for over 60 years and is headquartered in Clinton, Michigan.

FYI • December 11, 2009 • No. 24

FYI • December 11, 2009 • No. 24
The next FYI bulletin will be issued January 8, 2010

STATE LEGISLATIVE/EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Implementation of rate adjustments—Thank you to the many member executives who participated in last Friday’s legislative update conference call, which focused on the intensive advocacy efforts related to rate adjustments, retroactivity of rate adjustments, contract requirements and reviews and more. We will continue to update execs in this manner as new information develops. Please continue to update janet@michfed.org about any foster care payment problems you are having from counties, directly expressed or otherwise. We are equally interested in knowing which counties are paying the $37 foster care per diem. This information is being provided to DHS and legislative leadership, who have asked about it in order to help with the resolution as we have requested of them.

FEDERATION ACTIVITIES
• IT MIN met on December 1—Another great discussion with the Information Technology MIN was had on December 1. Shared were agency social media, equipment, and devices policies. If you're interested in putting into place social media polices for your organization, email jenny@michfed.org with the request, and she can send you some sample policies. Also discussed were content management systems and SWSS. If you have any ideas for topics/speakers or want to present something to the group, contact IT MIN Chair Eric Musum at EMusum@LCFSMI.ORG.

FYI • November 20, 2009 • No. 23

FYI • November 20, 2009 • No. 23
The next FYI bulletin will be issued December 4, 2009

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Over 430 people attended the Federation-sponsored “Child Trauma: Impact & Interventions” regional seminars! We’d like to express our thanks to all of the participants and deep appreciation to the three member agencies that hosted these sessions on behalf of the Federation: Starr Commonwealth in Albion, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids and The Children’s Center of Wayne County in Detroit. It was a ton of hard work, rewarded by the enthusiastic response all three days. It was clear that the value to attendees was tremendous...we’re very happy to have spread such expertise so broadly across the state!

STATE LEGISLATIVE/EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Update on implementation of rate adjustments—Although Gov. Granholm signed the state budget bill nearly three weeks ago, a number of high priority issues to Federation members remain unresolved. In our meetings over the past several weeks with Senator Hardiman and Representative Spade, it is clear they both recognize the urgency of addressing the unresolved matters affecting implementation of the foster care and residential rate adjustments. As Chairs of the House and Senate Subcommittees on DHS Appropriations, we understand that they will work together in efforts with the DHS and State Budget Office. It is also our understanding that communication between both these Chairs and DHS Chief Deputy Director Stanley Stewart has already taken place. Items of high priority for Federation members for which we continue aggressive action include:
Foster Care Rate Adjustment to $37/day: (1) Budget boilerplate gives October 1 as the effective date for the rate adjustment, yet most private providers are reporting payment currently still at $27/day. (2) Official Directive in order for the adjusted payments to begin

Levin Honors Spaulding for Children President and CEO as an Angel in Adoption

evin Honors Spaulding for Children President and CEO as an Angel in Adoption WASHINGTON – As president and chief executive officer of Spaulding for Children, Addie D. Williams, LMSW, JD, sits at the helm of an organization with three service entities and one overarching belief – every child is adoptable and every child deserves a permanent family. For her outstanding work on adoption issues, Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., nominated Ms. Williams as an Angel in Adoption. She will be honored along with more than 185 Angels in Adoption at an awards celebration tomorrow in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CACI).

“I’m proud to nominate Addie Williams as a 2009 Angel in Adoption,” Sen. Levin said. “Through her compassion and leadership she has had a broad and positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and families in Michigan. This award recognizes her years of service on this issue and is just one measure of our appreciation.”

Based in Southfield, Spaulding for Children operates three programs: Child and Family Services, the Spaulding Institute for Family and Community Development, and the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption. With a mission of assuring that all children grow-up in safe, permanent families and have the help they need to be successful in life, Spaulding for Children has been responsible for the adoption of more than 1,000 children, permanency for more than 500 and has trained more than 135,000 persons nationwide in its permanency techniques.

Highfields’ Peck honored by MHBFSA

Highfields’ Peck honored by MHBFSA October 18, 2009 • From Ingham County Community News
ONONDAGA – Gillian (Jill) Peck, director of quality and program development at human services agency Highfields Inc., has earned the 2009 President’s Award from the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association (MHBFSA). The award recognizes individuals, agencies or families for imnovative contributions to home-based counseling services.
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Peck is the fourth Highfields employee to win the award. Other winners from Highfields were Clinical Director Tim Monroe, former CEO Carl Latona and administrative assistant Kris Koivu.

“Jill is a shining example of what makes Highfields so effective at working with at-risk youth and families – its people,” says Brian Philson, Highfields president and CEO.

The MHBFSA aims to strengthen families and communities through the advocacy, education and promotion of family-centered, home-based service delivery.

- From Highfields, Inc.

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