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.

FYI • November 6, 2009 • No. 22

FYI • November 6, 2009 • No. 22
The next FYI bulletin will be issued November 20, 2009

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Governor signs remaining budgets; line item vetos parts—Avoiding another government shutdown, Gov. Granholm signed the final six budgets bills for the FY 2010 state budget one week ago, but vetoing a total of $127 million in expenditures across all 15 department budgets. The budget process continues as the House and Senate fiscal agencies work through their analyses of the Governor's budget vetoes. Yesterday, Janet Reynolds Snyder and Kadi Janssen met with Representative Spade, who is awaiting even further clarification from the House Fiscal Agency. Information will be passed along to you as quickly as possible. We are aware that several other analyses have been distributed by other entities, though we have found errors in the documents and want to make certain any information given to Federation members is accurate. We expect to have a written update in time for the November 11 Board of Directors meeting. Thank you for your patience!

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

FYI • October 23, 2009 • No. 21

FYI • October 23, 2009 • No. 21
The next FYI bulletin will be issued November 6, 2009

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• Two Membership Applications received—Two full membership applications were received this week and are being reviewed by the Federation Executive Committee, whose recommendations will be submitted to the Board. Anyone with input, questions or comments regarding either application, please email janet@michfed.org.
—St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults—Administrator Fr. Enzo Addari leads St. Louis Center, a nonprofit residential care facility for boys and adult men and women with intellectual developmental disabilities. Located in Chelsea, the children’s program accepts boys ages 6–18, and the adult program is for those men and women who are 18 years of age and older. St. Louis Center programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and accredited by CARF. Learn more about the agency at www.stlouiscenter.org.
—Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula—Executive Director Norma Semashko leads this multi-service agency, which serves virtually every county of the Upper Peninsula. Programs include child welfare, in-home, wraparound, and homelessness prevention programs and community services geared to strengthening families, including juvenile diversion and before- and after-school programs. Learn more about the agency at www.cfsup.org.

FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

Free Press wins its 4th Emmy for Christ Child House multimedia project

 

ohn Yablonky, Christ Child House and Kathleen Galligan, DFP

Pictured:

John Yablonky, Christ Child House
and
Kathleen Galligan, DFP

A three-year look inside the Christ Child House, home to some of Michigan’s most troubled foster kids, earned a national Emmy for the Detroit Free Press on Monday, its fourth in three years.

The multimedia project gave an intimate look at daily routines, tender moments and the rawest pain of some of the state’s legal orphans. It was published last year in both print and on freep.com.

FYI • September 25, 2009 • No. 19

FYI • September 25, 2009 • No. 19
The next FYI bulletin will be issued October 9, 2009

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• DHS Director Ahmed confirms foster care rate adjustment—We are deeply appreciative to DHS Director Ismael Ahmed for issuing a letter on September 18, 2009, to Counties, giving specific payment instructions for the $10/day adjustment to the foster care rate for the period June 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009. This is extremely helpful in clarifying the state's intent and should solve any confusion that may have existed in some of the Counties.

• Online registration opened this week for the November 17-18-19 regional “tour of Michigan” seminars; Child Trauma: Impact & Interventions will feature Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Michigan child trauma experts—Online registration is now open for these three regional trauma-focused treatment seminars hosted by the Federation: November 17 at Starr Commonwealth’s conference center in Albion; November 18 at the Postma Center at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids; November 19 at The Children’s Center of Wayne County in Detroit. To see the full schedule and workshops descriptions and to register, visit www.michfed.org; find the seminar listing under Training, download the complete seminar series brochure, and click on the link for Online Registration. Member agencies who reserved a block of rooms: please use the same online registration site.

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

FYI • September 4, 2009 • No. 18

FYI • September 4, 2009 • No. 18
The next FYI bulletin will be issued September 18, 2009

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Nearly 80% of Full Members will be represented at Senior Management Conference!—We are excited to have another year of outstanding presentations and member involvement in the Federation’s Senior Management Conference at Crystal Mountain!

The Federation office will be closed on Monday in recognition of Labor Day, then staff will be headed north on Tuesday, September 8. This FYI bulletin is short because we are focused on preparation for next week’s conference. Lots of updates and announcements will be made to members in person at the Board and Membership Meetings and throughout the conference.

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• September 18: Informational meetings about performance-based measures established for PAFC and RFC contracts—Debora Buchanan will host a set of meetings at the Grand Tower on September 18: 9:00-10:30 for foster care contractors; 11:00-12:30 for residential treatment contractors. Both will be in Room 1A. The purpose is to smooth the way for accurate data collection that’s called for in contracts to capture baseline information necessary to improve the provision of services to children and their families. Due to space constraints, agencies are asked to limit representation to two staff.
• Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Resource Guide now available—A new 101-page Indian Child Welfare Act Resource Guide is available online: http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/cip/cip.htm; scroll down to the ICWA committee and click on the resource guide link. The guide contains best practice tips for courts on how to implement the ICWA. The online version has active links for the convenience of the user. According to SCAO, regional trainings are being planned for next year. As you review and use the document, if you have suggestions for changes for next year's edition, email Angel Sorrells at sorrellsa@courts.mi.gov.

FYI • August 21, 2009 • No. 17

FYI • August 21, 2009 • No. 17
The next FYI bulletin will be issued September 4, 2009

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

• Good news—Word was received late Wednesday that the $37/day foster care administrative rate will stay in place and that the counties will be held harmless through September 30.

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Budget process slow going—One legislative leader describes negotiations as at a stalemate, another believes progress in being made. Granholm Administration officials remain silent on budget negotiations. Tough decisions about cuts and revenue sources are on the table.

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS hosts meeting to discuss contracting process—Kathryne O’Grady hosted a meeting with contractor agencies in Lansing on August 11 for the purpose of looking at the contracting process and exploring development of a system of care to better serve children, including therapeutic foster care and group homes as step-down resources for youth exiting residential treatment. DHS is working with DCH to explore drawing down federal Medicaid funding to cover services such as therapeutic foster care. Private agency partners are invited and urged to share their expertise and best practices and consider collective contracts to provide the best array of services for the identified population. Numerous agency representatives signed up for the two work groups that will develop what was discussed at this meeting.

FYI • August 7, 2009 • No. 16

FYI • August 7, 2009 • No. 16
The next FYI bulletin will be issued August 21, 2009

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• State budget action on hold—The House Subcommittee meeting on DHS Appropriations scheduled for this week was cancelled. In addition, the full House Appropriations adjourned quickly and without taking any specific action on the foster care rate matter. Next week’s August 12 meeting of the full House Appropriations Committee also has been cancelled. Discussions continue at many levels toward resolving per diem rate issues; as Federation members you will be kept updated.

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
• DHS Contractors Meeting held August 5—The DHS Quarterly Contractors meeting was held on Wednesday and included topics such as development of residential step-down programs, data systems updates, CFSR dashboard (data reports), statewide payment sweep, guardianship, updates from BJJ and BCAL, and residential foster care contract performance measures. Private agencies can volunteer to assist DHS with development of data elements and a private agency interface with SWSS; if interested, contact Terri Gilbert (gilbertt@michigan.gov). If anyone is still having trouble registering staff for CWTI training sessions, they should contact Carol Siemon (517-241-9275) or Chris Durocher (517-241-8755) directly as problems are still occurring with the online training registration process. Also, a PCC (formerly TDM) training is scheduled for August 18, 19 and 20 at the Cadillac Place; 20 slots are open for private agency staff (see item below). Funding is available for the new guardianship support program, and as the application process is complicated, anyone wishing to apply is encouraged to contact DHS staff who will help walk through the application (contact Anita Peters at 517-241-8817). The next DHS Quarterly Contractors Meeting is set for Nov. 5, 2009, 1:00-4:00 PM at the Michigan Library & Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing.

August 27 - Best Practice in the Use of Outcome-based Care: A 10-year Analysis of Behavioral Outcomes

On Thursday, August 27, 2009, Darrin Hanna, PhD, and David Ballenberger, MSW, will present findings from ten years of behavioral outcomes, program and treatment methods that have shown to be most effective with reducing symptoms and assisting consumers with achieving their goals more quickly. The data includes over 5,000 consumers within multiple sites of residential, outpatient and community programs. The presentation will be held at Gateway Community Health (Fisher Building) in Detroit from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Download the flier here and RSVP to Amy Pozzi, 248-656-7504, apozzi@nextstepsolutionsinc.com Aug27OutcomesAnalysis.pdf

Giveaway at St. Vincent helps 400 local families

Brittany Smith - brittanysmith@lsj.com - July 29, 2009 • From Lansing State Journal

stvcclogoSt. Vincent Catholic Charities and the Detroit Pistons made life a little less stressful and a bit more brighter for about 400 families Tuesday morning.
Volunteers distributed 1,200 boxes of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to families in financial need at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing.

Some of those items included macaroni and cheese, toilet paper, canned foods, shampoo and perfume.

"These are the days we live for," said Julie Reynolds, community relations and marketing director for St. Vincent. "Being able to share and help those in need is what it's all about."

The project was made possible by the Detroit Pistons organization, which raised $450,000 for Feed the Children, an international, nonprofit relief organization, during the Pistons Care Telethon in March.

The funds are being distributed to 25,000 needy families throughout Michigan this year, including Tuesday's stop in Lansing.

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