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Youth Behind Bars: Report Exposes High Cost of Kids in Michigan's Adult Criminal Justice System

The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) has been working for over a year on a crucial report: Youth Behind Bars: Exploring the Impact of Prosecuting and Incarcerating Kids in Michigan's Criminal Justice System. The report states that from 2003 through 2013, more than 20,000 Michigan youth were placed on adult probation, detained in jail, or imprisoned for an offense committed when they were younger than 18 years old. Michigan is one of ten states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults, accounting for 95 percent of youth in the adult system. The majority of these charges were for non-violent offenses that did not include a weapon.

Take some time to read the report and find out what is happening to kids in our adult system. The report is posted below.. Click here to view all of the report materials prepared by MCCD.

News release issued: Federation expands scope through member interest networks

Key players in the Michigan Legislature and state departments of DHS and DCH each were sent a special news release this week, announcing the Federation’s launch of three new MINs to address the areas of Family Preservation, Behavioral Health, and Performance/Quality Management. The release speaks to the extensive expertise within member agencies that makes the Federation “the go-to resource for legislators and state and federal policy makers for advice and guidance as they are challenged with addressing the needs of children and families and regulating and monitoring the organizations that care for them.”

Welcome to Ruth Ellis Center and Executive Director Jerry Peterson!

The Federation Board of Directors has voted to approve the Full Member Application of Ruth Ellis Center, which is located in Highland Park and serves Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The agency operates three programs: Ruth’s House, a residential housing program for youth ages 12-17 who are in the foster care or juvenile justice systems; Second Stories Drop-In Center, which provides basic services and safe space for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24; and Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services. To learn more about the agency, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/.

Mental Health and Wellness Commission report released this week

In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder issued an Executive Order to assemble a Mental Health and Wellness Commission and charged it with making recommendations for improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders in our state. The charge of the Commission was “to address any gaps in the delivery of mental health services and propose new service models to strengthen the entire delivery spectrum of mental health services throughout the state of Michigan.” You will recall that Federation membership had the opportunity to participate in a needs assessment developed by the Federation last summer titled “Statewide Mental Health Services Assessment.” The results of the survey were shared with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and the Commission. The bipartisan, bicameral Mental Health and Wellness Commission released their final report of recommendations on Tuesday before a joint Health Policy Committee hearing, and quickly got a promise of fast legislative action on some of the 60 proposals. There is a large focus in the report on recommendations for children, which is a testament that the Federation membership needs were well heard by the Lieutenant Governor. The “Addressing the Needs of Children” section on pages 11-12 features direct recommendations of Federation membership. You will also find the “Residential Treatment” and “Juvenile Justice” recommendations relevant to the work of the membership.

Education and Training Voucher (ETV)

The ETV Program is well into the new fiscal year and fall semester is underway! With the Fall 2013 semester ending, have your college youth applied for ETV? They still have time!

Students may be eligible for ETV funds if they were in foster care, due to abuse or neglect on or after their 14th birthday, or were adopted from foster care on or after their 16th birthday, juvenile justice youth who were placed in an eligible foster care placement under DHS for care and supervision, have a high school diploma, and attends an accredited college or vocational program. Students must also receive their first ETV prior to their 21st birthday and may be eligible up to their 23rd birthday provided they received a 2.0 GPA and do not drop more than once class per semester.
Current award amounts are $2000 for full time students and $1000 for part time students.

An application is attached below. Please pass this valuable resource on to any qualified youth!!!

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2011annualreport

The Federation is pleased to present its Annual Report to the Membership • September 2011. Please see the attachment below.

BY ROBIN ERB DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

A Michigan judge might relax on Monday an aggressive schedule for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the state’s child welfare system.

The Michigan Foster Care Review Board would like to share with you its 2010 Annual Report:

http://courts.michigan.gov/scao//resources/publications/reports/fcrb/fcrb_ar10.pdf

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NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2010 – An extensive examination of adoptive families in the United States, released today, concludes that too many are not receiving the essential services they need, and calls for a reshaping of national priorities and resources to develop and provide such services.

KidsCountLogoNearly half of Michigan’s babies are born to mothers in cities or communities larger than 25,000. And many of those children start life without equal opportunities to thrive, arrive at school ready to learn and go on to become part of a highly educated workforce, according to “Right Start in Michigan 2010 – The Other Half.”

The report, released by the Michigan League for Human Services’ Kids Count in Michigan project, looks at eight indicators of maternal and infant health across 69 communities of populations of at least 25,000. It sorts those communities by risk, finding that two of every five births were in high-risk communities, including most racial minority births. It also found large disparities based on race and poverty.

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