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May 5, 2015

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Join us for a Tribute in honor of

Dohn Hoyle

for 44 years of dedication to Disability Advocacy

Thursday, June 18th, 6:00 pm

University Marriott, 300 M.A.C. Avenue

East Lansing, MI 48823

 *** Register here for Dohn's Tribute ***

 

The Arc Michigan Conference

June 18th & 19th

Highlights include presentations by

Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Sharon Ellis, State of Michigan's ADA Compliance Director
 

*** Register ONLINE for the Conference ***

        Print and Mail Registration Form (pdf) 

University Marriott, 300 M.A.C., East Lansing, Michigan


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Great Opportunity: MI Health Link Outreach Webinars - May 7th & May 15th

Here is a terrific opportunity to give your supports coordinators, providers, people working with persons who have both Medicaid and Medicare, advocates, etc. a deeper look at the resources available to them on the MI Health Link website.
 

Please join the MI Health Link Team to walk through the MI Health Link website and provide a detailed look at the resources available for those doing outreach or working with dually eligible individuals. Session: May 7 (10:00 am - 11:30 ) and repeated May 15 (1:00 - 2:30).

Web Meeting address: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Meeting number: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 8473333

 

Gather a group together in a room and call in or log on to follow the presentation. It makes sense to bring a group together to participate for two reasons: one, the spots are limited, and more important a rich discussion can follow the presentations. Download and share. (pdf)

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ADAPT Auction for Action Fundraiser - May 16th in Lansing

 Pilgrim Congregational UCC, 125 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI

(Sponsored by Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Edgewood United Church UCC and Space for Grace Fellowship)

 

Help us reach our $1,500 goal to send local people to Washington DC, joining THE ADAPT Community nationwide to advocate for the preservation of Medicaid, and policies that give people a choice to live in their own homes instead of nursing homes.

 

For more information, contact Laura Hall: 517.337.3098 or laura@mymdrc.org or Bill Earl: 517.333.1714 or nicdad143@gmail.com    top

The DD Council wants to hear from YOU!

Are you a person with a developmental disability, a family member of a person with a developmental disability, or an advocate for people with disabilities?


The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is gathering information for its next 5-year state plan from 2016 through September 2021. One of the areas we are looking at is the quality of life for families of children with disabilities from birth to the age of 21. This is your chance to tell us what’s important to you and what you want the DD Council to do about it.

Join us to share your story, explore the challenges that affect your life and talk about the issues that are important to you. Please visit the DD Council Website for registration information.            
 

 

If you are unable to give feedback in person, the DDC is using the Beach Family Quality of Life online survey to assess families' perceptions of their satisfaction with different aspects of family quality of life. The survey, available until May 30th, 2015, is about how you feel about your life together as a family. If you have any questions, please call 517.335.3158. Click here to participate in the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JGGQ7L5   top

ADA 25  Legacy Bus Tour Arrives at Detroit's Eastern Market - July 21st 

Events begin at 10 AM and will end after 3 PM. Click here for flyer (pdf). For more information, contact Loren Glover at (313) 831-0202.  top

NASUAD's April 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker

The State Medicaid Integration Tracker is a monthly report summarizing state actions in Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), as well as State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals and other Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Initiatives.

The Tracker also includes updates on state participation in other LTSS activities, including: the Balancing Incentive Program; Medicaid State Plan Amendments under §1915(i); Community First Choice Option under §1915(k); and Medicaid Health Homes.
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Department Issues SIS Use Guidance

Earlier this week Thomas Renwick, Director of the Bureau of Community Based Services, BHDDA, issued a clarification on use of the Michigan Supports Implementation Scale (SIS).
In his memo, Mr. Renwick indicated that “The SIS should be used to enhance and support the person-centered planning process. As with all assessments, the SIS is voluntary and should not be tied to determinations of medical necessity and the authorization of behavioral health services. Supports and services cannot be denied, reduced or discontinued if a consumer and/or guardian refuse to cooperate with the assessment process.”


Mr. Renwick also indicated that the Michigan Department of Community Health’s (MDCH) SIS workgroup was finalizing the Michigan SIS Implementation Manual, which will serve as a guide in outlining the requirements and procedures related to the implementation of the SIS in Michigan.
 

Persons with questions regarding SIS implementation should contact Belinda Hawks at    hawksb@michigan.gov.    top

The Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) will hold it's 10th Annual Tribute Dinner on May 21, 2015 at the Burton Manor Banquet Hall in Livonia, Michigan. This year's honoree is former MHAM President and CEO Dr. Mark Reinstein Ph.D, now retired. Tickets for this event are $125.00 person. A table of ten is $1,250.00. We hope you will join us on May 21. All proceeds go to benefit the MHAM. See attached reservation form (pdf). Contact us at 248.473.3143 or at wtmham@aol.com. top

MI Health Link Webinar Presentation Handouts

This link will take you to the handouts from a 4/2/15 webinar about MI Health Link, the new health care pilot that combines Medicare and Medicaid for people who receive both living in the UP, Southwestern Michigan, and Macomb and Wayne Counties. The presentation was done by Nick Lyon, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health. top

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is gearing up for its Annual Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October). This Campaign is designed to highlight people with developmental disabilities who have community-integrated jobs. The council is now accepting recommendations for individuals to participate in this year’s campaign.

 

Participants will be selected based on the criteria listed in the attached application. Please note the number one criteria: participants must work in a community-integrated setting, not in segregated employment.


Please review the participant criteria for consideration of recommending an individual for the campaign. Complete and submit the application to Meredith Smith at smithm10@michigan.gov by 5:00pm, Friday, May 15, 2015. Please inform the individual of your recommendation.
If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Smith, Communications Representative at (517) 335-1542 or smithm10@michigan.gov.  
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UCP's New Community-Driven Resource for People With Disabilities
UCP is pleased to introduce a new community-driven resource for people with disabilities called My Life Without Limits. This initiative is a natural companion to UCP’s My Child Without Limits program, which was developed for the parents and family members of children with disabilities. A flagship website and online community, www.mylifewithoutlimits.org, will serve as the new program's focal point and is intended to become an online hub for people with a range of disabilities.

My Life Without Limits is designed to allow people with disabilities to join and receive the latest news and other benefits of community membership such as writing guest blogs, commenting on posts and resource pages and participating in polls and surveys. In the forum - coming soon - members can stir up conversations and ask for advice. Information and resources pertaining to education, entertainment and lifestyle, health and wellness, travel, relationships and more will be available and updated, with guidance from community members themselves. And, people can share new resources or upcoming events on the site or using the #MyLifeWithoutLimits hashtag on social media. top

Joint letter from DOJ and DHHS addressing the importance of states' implementation of the Final Rule while maintaining Title II obligations under the ADA

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) jointly issued the attached letter (pdf), which addresses the importance of States’ implementing the Final Rule in ways that comply with their obligations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter instructs States to consider whether reasonable modifications are necessary to avoid placing individuals who receive home care services at serious risk of institutionalization or segregation. Specifically, the letter explains that states need to consider reasonable modifications to policies capping overtime and travel time for home care workers, including exceptions to these caps when individuals with disabilities otherwise would be placed at serious risk of institutionalization. top

A Quick and Easy Method of Screening for Medicaid Eligibility Under the Pickle Amendment: 2015 Numbers - from Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, by Gordon Bonnyman, Attorney, Tennessee Justice Center

"Screening for Medicaid eligibility under the Pickle Amendment is quick and simple. Without the necessity of performing any mathematical calculations, screening eliminates the great majority of those who are not eligible." Click here for more information on screening and a simple formula for performing necessary calculations.    top

Michigan Alliance for Families DVD “Making the Most of Early On®”  "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:

  • What is Early On?

  • Parent to Parent Advice

  • Natural Environments

  • Problem Solving

  • Transition: Leaving Early On

  • Parent Survey

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: www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/babies-and-toddlers.

Parents and professionals can view the videos via the Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel  at www.youtube.com/michiganalliance.

A limited quantity of DVDs is available.

Contact info@michiganallianceforfamilies.org
“Making the Most of Early On®” was produced through an IDEA grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education to Michigan Alliance for Families.

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Michigan Alliance for Families' upcoming workshops can be viewed at:

 www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/upcoming-events/  Upcoming and archived Webinars can be viewed at: http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/webinar/

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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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlg-g7l-MBg  top

The White 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 disability.gov.                              
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Michigan Alliance for Families Web site offers Resources to help Families

Michigan Alliance for Families is excited to announce that our website (www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/eo) now includes information to help families become more involved in the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Michigan Alliance for Families, in partnership with Early On Michigan, announces resources to help families know their rights, better communicate their child’s needs, support the development of infants and toddlers, and prepare for the transition out of Early On into the preschool years. These resources are available to families, Early On Service Coordinators and Service Providers to increase the involvement of Michigan families in the growth and development of infants and toddlers.
Website resources include:

Handouts and video information on developmental milestones and how to promote development and learning through play

  • Handouts and video information to help families prepare to leave Early On and move on to Preschool
  • Learning tools to help families improve communication skills
  • Information to help families know their rights (Procedural Safeguards), including evaluation, Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) development, natural environments and service coordination.                       top

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