Welcome newest Federation member Family & Community Services—The Federation Board has voted to approve the Full Member application of Family and Community Services, Inc. submitted by Brandon Hannah, director of the agency’s DHHS programs. With a main office located in Sterling Heights and branch offices in Howell and Monroe, the agency serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson and Monroe counties. The agency also serves Ohio, China and the Philippines. The agency is COA accredited and provides adoption, family services and foster care. Learn more about the agency at http://www.facadopt.org. Welcome, Brandon Hannah and staff!
Attached please find a copy of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force report issued by Chair Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. This report details the Task Force’s findings and recommendations for action. A Subcommittee summary is also attached.
The Federation is pleased to announce ACTS II Ministry for Teens has been approved by the Board of Directors as a Full Member of the Federation. The agency is led by Eliakim Thorpe, President/CEO and Kimberly Thorpe, Chief Administrator and provides Community-based and residential treatment services. They serve all Michigan counties and are located in Kalamazoo, MI. Welcome, Eliakim and Kimberly!
New in-service child welfare training catalogs identify great new opportunities that the MSU School of Social Work is pleased to deliver in partnership with MDHHS. Trainings are available free of charge to MDHHS and private agency employees, as well as caregivers, who are eligible to attend. Registration for these trainings is open!
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: