Workgroup releases interim report on Section 298 Initiative

Workgroup releases interim report on Section 298 Initiative
Report open for comment, public forum to be held in January

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today released the draft interim report for the Section 298 Initiative for public review. The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The draft interim report contains a series of policy recommendations for the Michigan Legislature.

The interim report reflects the discussions and recommendations of the 298 Facilitation Workgroup. MDHHS convened the 298 Facilitation Workgroup to assist with the development of the recommendations. The workgroup convened 44 Affinity Group meetings to gather input from more than 1,076 Michiganders, including 767 consumers and family members, 249 providers, 48 payers and 12 tribal health organizations.

MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup will create a final report for the Legislature, which will include the policy recommendations from the interim report and additional recommendations on integration models and benchmarks for implementation. Public review of the draft interim report will last from December 14, 2016 to January 4, 2017. MDHHS has established several opportunities to gather comments on the draft interim report, including:

Speaker RFP: September 13-15, 2017 Sr. Management Conference

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families 2017 Senior Management Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Federation’s Sr. Management Conference on September 13-15, 2017 at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI.

The Federation’s Annual Senior Management Conference offers timely information to private child welfare leaders through engaging educational sessions presented by knowledgeable speakers. These educational programs cover an array of management topics pertinent to the nonprofit child welfare field, designed to meet the needs of the Federation’s diverse membership.

Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference. This is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original program for presentation at the conference.

See attached RFP form. 

Federation Board President Testifies to Senate Oversight Committee

On Thursday, December 1, Federation Board President and Highfields President/CEO Brian Philson testified before the Senate Oversight Committee on SBs 1148-49. The bills, sponsored by Chairman Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford), relate to the Child Care Fund. The Michigan Federation has worked with leadership at the MDHHS, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Association of Family Court Administrators and the Michigan Legislature for more than a year to develop strategies and processes to create a leaner, more efficient payment system as outlined in these bills. Chairman MacGregor noted this workgroup began 18 months ago, and all parties have been working so well together, particularly given that this is the first time all of these stakeholders have worked together in this way.

SB 1148 establishes reimbursement procedures for an appeal of determination made regarding reimbursement of a Child Care Fund cost incurred. SB 1149 designates the state as the first payer for expenditures for children placed with the Department for care, supervision, or placement.

2016 Annual Report to Membership

2016 Annual Report to the Membership—As you know, the Federation is in the forefront of advocacy and action on behalf of vulnerable children and families in Michigan. Not only is our input and feedback sought out by the state’s leadership, it is well respected and acted upon. Find a summary of the past year’s highlights in our 2016 Annual Report to the Membership, attached below. Request print copies by emailing

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