February 5, 2016
Opportunities for Comments and Involvement
Please provide input by 2/2/2016
Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is
seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services for a §1115 Demonstration Waiver to
combine under a single waiver authority all services and
eligible populations served through its §1915(b)
and its multiple § 1915(c) waivers. The attached
from Chris Priest was sent to Community Mental Health
Services Programs, Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans and
other Interested Parties.
HCBS Comments Letter signed by Dohn Hoyle, Director
of Public Policy and Sherri Boyd, Arc Michigan Executive
State of the State Address 2016
delivered his State of the State address on Tuesday and,
as anticipated, the address focused largely on the Flint
water crisis. The Governor announced that he will
release all of his 2014 and 2015 emails, and announced
that he has requested almost $30 million in supplemental
funding to address the crisis. The Governor also
announced his continued focus on Detroit Public Schools.
Below is a link to further information about the
Public Policy Action Alerts
from Michigan Nonprofit Association
Treasury Department and IRS have announced that they are
withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation
that the nonprofit sector worked so hard to defeat.
proposed regulations would have permitted, but not
required, charitable nonprofits to file a new, separate
information return with the IRS (in addition to the Form
990) by February 28 every year to substantiate
contributions of more than $250 in value. A new
informational tax return (“Donee Report”) would have
required the nonprofit using it to collect the donor’s
name, address, and Social Security number (SSNs) or
other taxpayer identification number and also provide a
copy to each donor.
Advocacy Victory - President Signs Tax Bill Making
Charitable Giving Incentives Permanent
On Friday, December
18, 2015, President Obama signed the
Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 or PATH
Act (HR 2029), permanently extending three
charitable giving incentives: the IRA rollover, the
enhanced deduction for donations of food inventories,
and the enhanced deduction for conservation easements.
Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference Report from RWC
The January Consensus
Revenue Estimating Conference took place Jan. 14. At the conference, officials agreed that
Michigan’s economy continues to grow but at a slower
pace than in recent years.
Combined General Fund and School Aid Fund revenue for
the current fiscal year is now estimated at $194 million
over last year (although that is a downward revision
from last May’s projection).
For the coming fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2016-2017),
combined General Fund and School Aid Fund revenue is
projected to be $725 million over last year (again,
revised downward from last May by $20 million). In
addition, there is $575 million in “one time” funds,
including lapsed monies from last year, estimated for
the coming fiscal year.
These revenue estimates will be used by Governor Snyder
to complete his budget recommendations for Fiscal Year
2016-2017, scheduled for release on February 10.
A mid-year budget adjustment to address the Flint water
crisis is expected in the near future.
released the RFP for the ABLE account administration
ABLE RFP #007116B0006686
has been posted to the
Buy4Michigan website. The program is expected to be up and running by
Please send any questions you have regarding ABLE
accounts to email@example.com top
Stop federal contractors from
profiteering off people with disabilities!
program is mandated to award federal contracts to employ
people with disabilities. Last year those contracts
totaled $2.8 billion. However, some of those contractors
are not hiring enough people with significant
disabilities to comply with their federal mandates, or,
when they do, contractors are paying some disabled
workers sub-minimum wages and overwhelmingly employing
them in segregated environments – all while they rake in
tens of millions of federal dollars for their
Investigations by federal agencies and news media have
alleged massive corruption in the AbilityOne program.
According to sources who spoke with CNN, it’s “one
of the worst cases of fraud and mismanagement they’ve
ever seen in a federal agency.”
Read more here and sign petition
The Arc Michigan is
participating in the Arc Vehicle Donation Program
Are you shopping for
a new vehicle to replace your older car, truck, motor
cycle, or RV? Please consider donating your vehicle,
regardless of the condition, to the Arc Michigan Vehicle
Donation Program. You will receive a tax deduction and
free towing. For more information call 1.877.272.2270 or
here for more information.
MI Health Link
Ombudsman Program Opens Dec. 1st
The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI)
and our partners at the Counsel and Advocacy Law Line
(CALL) are pleased to announce that the MI Health Link
Ombudsman Program will open on December 1. Our toll-free
hotline is: 888-746-6456. The hotline will be open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Inquiries may also be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you know, MI Health
Link is a demonstration project for people eligible for
both Medicaid and Medicare in four regions of the state
(Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo,
Macomb, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wayne or any county in
the Upper Peninsula). Most enrollees were passively
enrolled into the program earlier this year.
Read more here (pdf). top
Employment First in Michigan:
Executive Order 2015-15
State departments and
agencies that provide services and support to those with
disabilities as well as economic development and
employment services will adopt the Employment First
model that emphasizes competitive employment in an
integrated setting for persons with disabilities under
an executive order signed Wednesday by Lt. Governor
"Employment First encourages workplace diversity and
enhances economic development while further designating
Michigan as an equal opportunity state," Mr. Calley said
in a statement. "Michiganders with all abilities deserve
to live independent, self-determined lives. The ability
to work leads to enhanced social interaction, community
involvement and economic independence, and a sense of
pride that all people desire."
The executive order (EO 2015-15) also requires
departments and agencies to share data to track progress
on the issue. The State Rehabilitation Council will
oversee implementation. top
Great Lakes ADA Center Seeking Survey Participants
The center would like
to invite you to participate in a national survey
titled, "Transportation Access and Experiences", which
is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of
public transportation for people with disabilities. This
survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation
Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC).
This project focuses
on community living, community participation &
disparities of people with disabilities. We are very
interested in receiving as many responses as possible
from people with disabilities based on their personal
experiences with public transportation. For more
information, visit website:
The survey is located
Uninsured population shrinks in
Michigan, and 8 more points on health-care coverage
The number of
Michigan residents with health insurance grew by a
quarter million during the first year of Obamacare,
according to data recently released by the U.S. Census
The Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey
estimates that 8,961,893, or 91.5 percent of Michigan
residents, had health-care coverage in 2014. That's
249,000 more than in 2013, when 89 percent of
Michiganders were insured.
Read more here.
Gov. Rick Snyder forms task force
to recommend changes in Michigan's special education
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
LANSING, Mich. –
Gov. Rick Snyder
today announced the creation of a task force led by Lt.
Gov. Brian Calley that will recommend reforms for
Michigan’s special education system to help special
needs children reach their full potential.
task force will develop policy recommendations to
address the key findings of Calley's recent statewide
special education listening tour that led to a formal
presentation to the State Board of Education. The
complete report and survey results are available to
The Arc Michigan Guide to the Use of
Powers of Attorney
The Arc Michigan has
Guide to the Use of Medical Powers of Attorney (pdf)
to provide guidance on the use of medical powers of
attorney, clarification on the difference between
medical powers of attorney and patient advocate
designation and describe other types of forms that can
be used. Sample forms are included.
Michigan Alliance for Families
DVD “Making the Most of Early
"Making the Most of
Earlyon" is designed to help parents
better understand and access the system of supports and
services for children from birth through age three.
This video is
chaptered into six easy to navigate topics:
is Early On?
Parent to Parent Advice
Transition: Leaving Early On
Each topic includes
options for Spanish subtitles, Arabic subtitles, and
English closed caption. In addition to the DVD, parents
can find more early intervention resources at:
Parents and professionals can view the videos via the
Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel at
A limited quantity of
DVDs is available.
“Making the Most of Early On®” was produced through an
IDEA grant awarded by the Michigan
Education to Michigan Alliance for Families.
Michigan Alliance for
Families' upcoming workshops can be viewed at:
Upcoming and archived Webinars can be viewed at:
Check out our
new brochure (pdf)
Michigan History of Our State
Institutions for People with Developmental Disabilities
This video documents
this regretful history and celebrates the hard work of
families and advocates with the final closure of our
last institution in Michigan in 2010.
House Disability Group E-mail Distribution List
In order to keep the public informed about
various disability issues the White House has been
hosting monthly calls. To learn about future calls,
request to be added to the White House Disability email
distribution list, by
visiting the White House website.
These calls are open to the public and offer a unique
opportunity to hear about important disability issues
from individuals who work in the Federal government. You
can also submit questions before the call at