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FYI • August 20, 2010 • No. 17

FYI • August 20, 2010 • No. 17
The next FYI bulletin will be issued September 3, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
Residential rate adjustment retroactive to July 1, 2010—This past Tuesday, the State Administrative Board approved the long-awaited $7 per diem increase for residential treatment providers, retroactive to July 1, 2010. Contract amendments reflecting the rate increase are expected to be mailed to providers soon. This achievement is directly due to Federation advocacy and the tenacity of Sen. Bill Hardiman and Rep. Dudley Spade on behalf of private providers.

Back foster care payments issued—We are very pleased to report the State of Michigan has issued payments for foster care services provided from 2006 through 2008, that had remained unpaid until this past week! The Federation’s advocacy on members’ behalf, combined with the diligence of Sen. Bill Hardiman and Rep. Dudley Spade, made this resolution possible. Efforts continue regarding payments outstanding for other past due accounts. If you have any questions regarding this matter or would like to share the good news when you receive payment, please contact janet@michfed.org.

FYI • August 6, 2010 • No. 16

FYI • August 6, 2010 • No. 16
The next FYI bulletin will be issued August 20, 2010

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Register now for Sept. 15–17, 2010 Senior Management Conference!
Act now to assure you get the best possible price (same low rate since 2008) for registration and the type of room you prefer. Find the schedule and registration links at http://www.michfed.org; click on “annual conference.”
Direct link to online conference registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010federation_annual_conference
Online hotel reservations: http://www.crystalmountain.com/grouplodging
and use 45F2HP for your group code.

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

Cooley Law School President and Dean Don LeDuc Receives First-Ever Community Recognition Award

leduc_teen_court_award.jpgLansing Teen Court, a community-based and highly collaborative program of Child & Family Services, announced today that it has awarded Don LeDuc, president and dean of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, with the organization's first-ever Community Recognition Award.

"To say the least, we are grateful for Don's civic-minded nature, his commitment to education and his support of creative and community-based methods of resolving juvenile justice and community challenges through collaboration," said Mike Botke, director of Teen Court.

The basis for the Community Recognition Award includes making a significant contribution to the community, whether monetary or in deed. LeDuc is the first to receive the award and was selected to honor his commitment, not only to Teen Court, but to community collaboration as well.

"Cooley is honored to be involved with the Teen Court program," said LeDuc. "Our staff, professors and students have embraced this program, as it gives a second chance to young people and provides an invaluable service to the Lansing community."

Adoption Option receives grant from foundation

By the Midland Daily News

The Midland Area Community Foundation is collaborating with a local adoption agency to help children take a leap toward a successful academic future.

The MACF awarded Adoption Option Inc. a $30,000 grant that is to be spread over a three-year period to provide a summertime academic enrichment program for children who have lived in foster care or some other similar type of out-of-home placement. Middle school age adolescents who reside in Midland County and surrounding areas are the focus of the camp. The program's goal is to introduce new skills and strengthen existing ones in the effort to prepare foster children for success in college and later life.

FYI • July 23, 2010 • No. 15

FYI • July 23, 2010 • No. 15
The next FYI bulletin will be issued August 6, 2010

NATIONAL ACTIVITIES
• The National Council of Nonprofits seeks input from private agencies contracting with state and local governments—At a time when human services organizations are still struggling with the economy, some nonprofits are reporting another worrisome trend: state and local governments are not paying the organizations what they promised, when they promised, or with enough funding to pay the full cost of services. We have certainly seen this trend in Michigan. According to an ongoing analysis by the National Council of Nonprofits, governments are finding new ways to shortchange nonprofits and exploit the contracting relationship. See the five worst government contracting abuses. Has your agency experienced any of the following practices or abuses by state or local governments?
• Delayed payments
• Contract terms amended in mid-contract
• Imposition of fees or deductions from what the government would otherwise owe
• Failure/refusal to pay indirect costs
• Failure to pay the full cost of providing services under the contracts
If so, please share your story with the National Council of Nonprofits, and any documentation you have, so they can investigate the seriousness of the government contracting challenges in your state. You will find a link called “share your story” at this website: http://unca-acf.org/insider/?p=537.

STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Legislative update—All is quiet at the State Capitol, with further work on the state budgets expected to resume mid-August following the primaries. Don’t forget to get out and vote in the August 3 primary election!

STATE EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

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Dr. Gary Anderson, director of MSU's School of Social Work, has made available several research reports and a resource booklet issued in recent years by the School. While additional reports will be added eventually, at this point, you can download the following items by clicking on the title:  

Michigan’s progress in helping foster youths aging out of care will get national exposure at the second meeting of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Policy Academy Nov. 28-30 in Miami, FL.

LANSING -- A 21-step action plan - based on recommendations from - foster care youths - will improve health care, education, job opportunities and resources for young people aging out of foster care, according to a report released to the Michigan Legislature today by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).

About 450 youths in Michigan left foster care, or "aged out," at age 18 during 2005. These young adults are at greater risk for poverty, homelessness, unemployment and other negative outcomes. In January 2006, DHS director Marianne Udow and Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan convened a task force to evaluate existing services for foster youth and propose improvements.

Annual Report to the Membership 2005 Click here to discover how collaboration, networking and influence equal VALUE for Federation members.

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