October 14 and 30, November 13 and 18: Juvenile Justice Reentry Webinar Series

The DHS Juvenile Justice Programs office is pleased to announce a series of webinars to train juvenile justice reentry policy and procedures. This webinar series is designed especially for juvenile justice specialists and supervisors and public and private juvenile justice facility social workers and supervisors. Additional interested participants may include Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) juvenile justice reentry vocational rehabilitation counselors, community mental health juvenile justice reentry contacts and Professional Consulting Services staff. The series of four webinars will include:

Reentry Webinar #1: DHS Juvenile Justice Specialist Guide to Seamless Reentry Services for Youth
Date: October 14, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register on or before: October 7, 2014
This session will provide an overview of the reentry policies (JJ4 430). It will review the timeframes, forms, procedures and protocols to ensure a youth has a seamless reentry process with the maximum chance for successful community placement after release from residential placement. An overview of in reach facility services and community resources available post release will be provided that serves as an introduction to the rest of the webinar series, which will focus in on specific statewide services available to juvenile justice youth.  

Reentry Webinar #2: Mental Health Services for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: October 30, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: October 23, 2014 
This session will focus on the available Medicaid mental health services for juvenile justice youth and young adults. There will be a review of the access process, eligibility criteria and services offered by Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs)/Community Mental Health Service Program (CMHSP) providers. As a result of the training, juvenile justice specialists and facility staff will have a better understanding of community based mental health services offered by PIHPs/CMHSPs for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), young adults with Serious Mental Illness, youth/young adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The newly developed reentry process will be shared as well as a list of key contacts or point persons at the CMHSP level to assist in system navigation. 

Reentry Webinar #3: Michigan Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehabilitation for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: November 13, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: November 6, 2014
This session will entail an overview of MRS vision and values, our definition of disability, along with a review of the steps that are taken for a juvenile justice youth within the rehabilitation process. We will review the referral and application process, as well as services that are available to complete the rehabilitation process and the partnerships that are involved. Participants will understand the roles of the juvenile justice Specialist, the facility staff and MRS counselor throughout the seamless reentry process.

Reentry Webinar #4: Michigan Youth Reentry Initiative – Reentry Care Coordination Services for Juvenile Justice Youth and Young Adults
Date: November 18, 2014, 2:00pm-3:30pm • Register by: November 11, 2014
This session will provide information on the statewide reentry care coordination program funded by DHS that is available to DHS-supervised juvenile justice youth in public or private facilities and court-supervised youth in public facilities. The contracted care coordination agency, Professional Consulting Services, will describe eligibility criteria and priority population, referral and assessment process, pre-release planning, ongoing coordination provided post release and services provided and coordinated. Upon completion, participants will understand reentry care coordination and the collaborative cross systems approach to successfully transition youth into the community, reduce recidivism, increase youth functioning levels, and engage youth in family and community supports.

Training Registration: There is no registration fee for this webinar series. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and must be requested for each webinar by the date noted. Detailed information regarding how to connect to the webinar will be sent to participants via email once registration has closed for each particular session. Register for sessions by sending the following information via email to Donetta Hobart at

First and last name
Email address
Phone number
Job title
Name of the agency or organization or facility of employment
County in which employed
Webinar number for which registration is requested (1,2,3,4)

Oct. 27/28: Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards 2014 Annual Fall Conference

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards 2014 Annual Fall Conference “Power of the Past – Force of the Future”

October 27 & 28, 2014
Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, Michigan

For full conference agenda and registration form see attached or click here:

Grand Traverse Resort:
100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard
Acme, MI 49610-0404

To make reservations via phone, call 1‐800‐968‐7352 and use group “MI Association of Community Mental Health Boards” to receive the discount.

To make online reservations, visit:

2014 Room Rates:   Rates below do not include 6% state tax, 5% city assessment, or $9.95 nightly resort fee

Hotel Guest room:  $136    
Tower Guest Room:  $156
Studio Condo:    $136    
1 Bedroom Condo:  $171
2 Bedroom Condo: $201    
3 Bedroom Condo: $241

*Cancellations or changes must be made at least 7 days prior to arrival to avoid a penalty equal to one night’s room charge.

Deadline for Reduced Rate:  September 26, 2014

Christina Ward, Administrative Executive
Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards
426 S. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI  48933
(517) 374-6848 phone
(517) 374-1053 fax

Oct. 30: Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers

SCAO-Child Welfare Services is hosting a FREE live training program, Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers, at the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, October 30, 2014.  As a past training participant, SCAO-CWS will be delighted to see you again.


Attached is the program announcement. The document includes an agenda, background information, registration details, and other useful information. 


The target audience is Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, private agencies, and service providers.


If you have any questions please contact Kate McPherson, CWS Administrative Assistant, at or 517-373-5322.

Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Attached you will find the Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog listing programs that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHS. 

All of these trainings are DHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth in the MSA requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.

Registration to attend each course will be handled through the hosting university, and in order to record in-service training hours with the Department, your training facility coordinator must log the training hours into the DHS learning management system. 

Register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!

June 20: Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop

Sign up today for the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop to be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Attendees are eligible for up to 6 Social Work CECHs (pending approval).

Sessions include:

  • Addiction to Crime: Games Criminals Play;
  • Toxic Relationships and the Effects on the Beliefs and Actions of Youth;
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition;
  • Recognizing the Signs of Autism;
  • Human Trafficking;
  • Youth Voice: The Importance of Youth Involvement; and
  • Period of Purple Crying: Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Find registration and cost information in the downloadable attachment below.

Support the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference through Sponsorship!

So many options! One to fit every budget!

Please consider supporting the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference and the dozens of youth who are preparing to transition to adulthood. Play a role in their success!

You may sign on as a Sponsor using the form posted below, or you may click here to SIGN UP ONLINE.

May & June: Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Training across the State of Michigan

Lutheran Social Services, Department of Human Services, and Fostering Success Michigan will soon be hosting five regional trainings across the State of Michigan. Each training will cover the Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV), the educational needs and requirements for children and youth in care, and various college resources for Foster Youth.

Registration is now available on JJOLT In-Service Training at:, search for Educational Requirements and College Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!!

This is a great opportunity for workers to learn about the resources available for foster youth who are aging out and pursuing college, as well as how foster youth can best be served to ensure they make it to post-secondary programs.

Registration is open! 2014 Michigan Teen Conference - Take Charge of Your Journey

Do you know a youth in Foster Care or Independent Living who needs to learn about money management, employment, educational opportunities, healthy relationships, or housing? If you do, then help them pre-register for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference.

Youth must be ages 14 to 21 and in Foster Care or Independent Living. If attendees are under the age of 18, a chaperone MUST attend the conference with them and accompany them at all times. Caretakers of the youth and professionals who work with teens are also invited. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to make the challenging transition to adult life.

Workshops will feature topics such as:

• Budgeting/money management (beginner and advanced)
• College supportive programs (youth panel)
• Funding resources (ETV, YIT)
• Housing
• Job search/employment
• Legal rights of youth in care and as adults
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Social media
• Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care

In addition, a special Walk through Life will feature numerous life stations to visit and resources to grab at this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference. Stations will include:
• Education
• Employment
• Finances
• Housing
• Identification
• Transportation

Promote this event with foster youth and be pro-active: secure funding now!
Funding sources: YIT • MYOI • Private fund raising
Use registration form to calculate cost for your funding request.

Find the conference on Facebook!


Adoption Option Inc.
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Michigan Department of Human Services–Youth In Transition
Michigan Federation for Children and Families

Use the Sponsor Form provided to add your name to this list.

Find all the details in the attachment posted below.

April 24: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills

What: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills

When: April 24, 2014
7:30am – 8:30am: Registration & continental breakfast
12:00pm – 1:00pm (lunch provided)
8:30am – 3:30pm (Training)

Where: Shanty Creek Resorts, 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, Michigan 49615

3 Ways to Register: Online -;
FAX - 517-374-1053; MAIL - MACMHB, 426 S. Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933

Cost $32/per person (includes continental breakfast, lunch and training materials)

Social Work: The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB), provider #1140, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. MACMHB maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/10/13-11/10/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical Continuing Education Clock Hours.

MACMHB is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). MACMHB maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance abuse professionals should contact MCBAP to determine course approval. Substance abuse professionals participating in this course will receive 6 contact hours - Specific.

From the desk of:
Annette Pepper, GMS, Training & Meeting Planner
Michigan Association of CMH Boards
426 S Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-374-6848
Fax: 517-374-1053

March 12 & April 24 SCAO Trainings

Please see the attached notices for upcoming Child Welfare Services training opportunities.

March 12, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan (Space is still available)
Putting it All Together: Advanced Courtroom Practice and Petition Drafting Workshop
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.

April 24, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan
Testifying in Court for Nonlawyers
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.

Heather D. Leidi, Administrative Assistant | Child Welfare Services | State Court Administrative Office
P.O. Box 30048 | Lansing, MI 48989 | 517-373-5322 phone

Child Welfare Services Training Division:


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