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. Thank you, Federation members, for your good work on this!

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!!!

2013 Annual Report to Membership

2013 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 2013 Annual Report to the Membership, attached below. Request print copies by emailing

Foster Care Review Board 2012 Annual Report

The Foster Care Review Board would like to share with you its 2012 Annual Report

This year's report and recommendations address significant issues related to the use of psychotropic medications and provides an overview of the review board's functions and program activity details from the past year, including data, trend summaries, and observations.

The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is a program established by the legislature to provide third-party review of foster care placements and related matters. There are 27 local review boards throughout the state, comprised of citizen volunteers.


If you are interested in joining the FCRB, complete information is available at

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

$1,000 Foster Youth Scholarship opportunity for an Ingham County youth: Deadline is Monday, June 3!

The Daniel J. Wright Foster Youth Scholarship is a $1,000 award for an Ingham County youth in foster care who plans to attend college in the fall of 2013. The nomination should include a short biography and an essay, written by the youth in 500 words or less, describing what he or she has overcome to finish high school and prepare for college. The nominees will be interviewed in mid-June, with the award following soon thereafter. Please submit applications to Kelly Howard at, or via the online nomination survey at by Monday, June 3, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Howard at (517) 373-8671. All of the details needed are provided in the attachment.

Call for presentations deadline is June 21 for “Building Culturally Competent and Diverse Organizations and Systems of Care Conference” set for September 26, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel downtown Lansing

Conference Goals:

  • Understanding of the importance of developing and sustaining culturally competent and diverse services.
  • Identifying elements of a comprehensive cultural competency and diversity policy.
  • Identifying steps of an action plan to develop culturally competent services specific to a local community.
  • Developing relationships and resources to continue practitioners’ professional growth in culturally competent knowledge and skill building.

Participants will gain knowledge of:

  • Expectations regarding cultural competency and diversity-related policy and planning at the community level.
  • Importance of providing culturally competent services in improving access and outcomes for persons served, particularly for underserved populations.
  • Dimensions of cultural competency.

Educational Tracks: Proposed presentations should relate to the conference goal and address current issues and initiatives in one or more of the following educational tracks:

  • Issues of faith-based cultural competency and diversity 
  • Issues of gender and sexuality-based cultural competency and diversity
  • Issues of ethnic/racial cultural competency and diversity
  • Issues of socio/economic cultural competency and diversity
  • Issues of aging related cultural competency and diversity
  • Issues of evaluating cultural competency and diversity

April/May/June Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Trainings

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

Registration is now available on JJOLT at:, search forEducation Pl - College Scholarships and Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!! If you do not have access to JJOLT, please reply to this email to register and specify the preferred location and time.

This is a great opportunity for all workers and supervisors 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.

Jennifer Maurer
ETV Coordinator
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
209 E. Washington Ave. Suite 284, Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: (877) 660-6388 Fax: (517) 789-6809
Serving People As an Expression of the Love of Christ -

Michigan Child Death State Advisory Team Tenth Annual EXECUTIVE REPORT

Michigan Child Death State Advisory Team Tenth Annual EXECUTIVE REPORT

Please find the attached report on child deaths in Michigan which provides county specific data as well as statewide recommendations.

2013 Directory of Residential Treatment Programs for Abused, Neglected and Delinquent Youth

Residential DirectoryThe Michigan Federation for Children and Families presents the 2013 Directory of Residential Treatment Programs for Abused, Neglected and Delinquent Youth, featuring Federation member agencies operating residential treatment programs across the state.

The purpose of this directory is to inform judges, DHS, CMH and other potential purchasers of service about the many residential treatment programs available to Michigan's youth in their own regions and across the state.

This effort is recognized by the Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Juvenile Justice and the State Court Administrative Office Child Welfare Services Division as fulfilling a need for this type of resource.

We hope you find this directory helpful as you work to assist youth and families in need of services.

Best regards,
Janet Reynolds Snyder, MBA

Executive Director

Kinnections December Newsletter

Attached is the December Newsletter from Kinship Care Resource Center. Lots of great resources for kinship care providers.

2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey available for purchase

The 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey of Private Agencies Summary Report has been issued and is available for purchase!

See the attached brochure for how to purchase the 2012 report....

2012 Salary Survey Report…What’s in it? How can it help my agency? The 135-page 2012 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey Summary Report reflects data as of January 31, 2012, including a compilation of actual salaries of 5,095 employees across 74 job classifications within 47 Michigan private, nonprofit child and family service agencies. The report also includes extensive and detailed information related to employee benefits. To make it easier to compare your agency's compensation packages to agencies across the state and in your region of the state and by similarly sized organizations, all data in the report is presented geographically: statewide, SE Michigan counties and counties outside of SE Michigan and by size of agency budget.

New in this year's Fringe Benefits section is expanded information related to health insurances. New in this year's Salaries Report section is a division of data by exempt (salaried) and non-exempt (hourly) employees. Additionally, the "number of years in this position" is reported for each job classification.

The brochure attached (SalSurRptWhatsInIt.pdf) spells out important uses for the report’s data, including a new IRS Form 990 requirement to document “reasonable compensation" paid to key employees. Read more about this in the attached BDO USA article titled, “Compensation and Transactions on the New Form 990.”

Chapin Hall representative will join our Senior Management Conference

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 11.16.10 AM.pngAs you are aware, Chapin Hall has been engaged by DHS to conduct an in-depth actuarial rate study for both the private and public sectors in order to establish appropriate rates for service. This effort, funded by Casey Family Programs, is being led by Jennifer Haight, who will be with us for the conference in order to discuss the foundation of the study and gather information from private agencies.

Visit: to see the schedule, download the conference brochure, get lodging information and to register!

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities: 2012 Sr. Management Conference

2012 Sr. Management ConferenceDownload the attached and check out the new and exciting Event, Marketing and SWAG sponsor options .... something for every budget!

As a sponsor/exhibitor you will:
• Expand your visibility and name recognition to a statewide market

• Meet face-to-face with the decision-makers of nonprofit agencies from across the state

• Reach an audience of over 300 individuals via pre-conference promotional materials

• Featured on our conference website as a sponsor/exhibitor with links to your website and contact information

• Have access to conference attendee contact information before and after the conference

April 21: 2012 Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening

Heart GalleryThe Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in the Michigan foster care system waiting for their forever family. At this free event, you'll hear more about the kids who are waiting, the process of foster care adoption and ways to support adoptive families. In addition, agency and county representatives will be on site to answer questions and help you get started on your adoption journey.

Grand Opening:
Saturday, April 21, 2012
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Northridge Church
48555 N Territorial Road
Plymouth, MI

RSVP at or by calling 800.589.MARE

April 20: Comedy for a Cause!

Comedy “Comedy for a Cause” has rapidly grown to be one of the most exciting and entertaining comedy shows in the Midwest! The past 35 events have attracted an audience of approx. 2,500 people each, reaching almost 100,000 in attendance. It has earned a strong rapport with nationally renowned comedians, professional agencies, businesses, and public officials.

Friday, April 20, 2012
7:00 PM
Woodside Bible Church
Troy, MI

Free admission. A love offering will be taken.

“Comedy for a Cause” would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors!! They make it possible for 100% of the donations collected at the event to go directly to serving the children.