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New SSA Phone Scam

    There’s a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called “spoofing” to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  These phony callers claim […]

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SSA 2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

  EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, SSI RATES ARE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:           LIVING SITUATIONS FEDERAL STATE TOTAL Household of Another $514.00 $ 9.33* $523.33 Sharing/Independent $771.00 $14.00* $785.00 Personal Care/AFC $771.00 $157.50 $928.50 COUPLE-House of Another $771.34 $13.96* $785.30 COUPLE-Independent $1,157.00 $21.00* $1,178.00   ******************************************************************************   *The payment of the state […]

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Advocacy Alert! ~ Caregiver Staffing Crisis

ADVOCACY ALERT! THE ISSUE: CAREGIVER STAFFING CRISIS. People with developmental disabilities or mental illness rely on direct care workers for essential supports which enable them to access their community, work, and live full, meaningful lives. Inadequate wages have created a critical direct care shortage. Turnover rates average 37%. Some providers have been forced to discontinue […]

A Call To Action for Medicaid

The FY19 budget process is moving fast and legislators are hoping to wrap up work on next year’s budget by the end of the month. In the Senate passed FY19 DHHS budget, language resurfaced that would allow the Medicaid health plans in the pilot regions to contract with any vendor they choose and work around the CMHs […]

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Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities

Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Thursday, February 15, 2018 LANSING — State Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park)  introduced House Bill 5587 today prohibiting employers from paying an employee with a disability less than the minimum wage. Current state law allow employers to pay a subminimum wage to employees with disabilities. Liberati’s bill would […]

APPLY NOW!! Partners Advancing Self-Determination

Join our partnership! We are now recruiting Advancement Teams!   The team members are expected to include:   • Community Mental Health Service Providers (CMHSPs or CMHs) • Intermediate School Districts (ISDs), • Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PHIPs)   • People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), their family members, and allies   • MRS (if applicable) […]

Reflections on Autonomy

Dohn Hoyle   In my, going on, 47 years at this business, few recurring problems have been as vexing as the pervasive use of and blind acceptance of guardianship (or conservatorship for California and Tennessee). Parents, professionals and advocates have a conveniently benign attitude and many times are even complicit in this overt removal of […]