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These have been difficult times for persons in the Michigan Mental Health System with the threat of even more challenging issues and risks ahead of us. As an advocate, I am concerned about the over all viability of the system:

Health and safety issues
Reductions in services [...]

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Letter from Hoyle regarding downsizing 20100715

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The High Five
This is an update on the issue we raised in our last Newsletter about a Vision Statement concerning programming for the Developmentally Disabled in Michigan. The Vision Statement used as examples of unacceptable facilities:

Group homes with more than 3 persons
Day programs and workshops.

In response to the Vision Statement, a “Choice Resolution” opposing the [...]

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The following talking points were delivered on behalf of ddAdvocates at the MACMHB Executive Committee Meeting on May 17, 2010. Testimony supported the “Choice Resolution” which was subsequently tabled by the committee.
Talking Points MACMHB 20100517
Pertains to  June 15  Blog entitled “A High Five, a Retraction, ….”

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The following document is an extract of comments related to workshops and day programs from the ddAdvocates Process Improvement Survey. The document was distributed at the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) Executive Committee Meeting on May 17, 2010. It was distributed in support of the “Choice Resolution” which was intended to support [...]

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This document was prepared by Rita Bird (ddAdvocates Newsletter 17) to seek protection and funding of existing and future programs not included in the State Vision Document.Rita Bird testimony Re Choice

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17.2 MDCH Vision Statement

Posted By: Ed Diegel on May 14, 2010

This document was prepared by a small working group chartered by MDCH and is intended to become the guideline for future services for persons with developmental disabilities. While supporting self determination for individuals to choose from programs ‘within the vision’; it does not protect the right of individuals who would prefer to join or stay [...]

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17.1 The “Choice Resolution”

Posted By: Ed Diegel on May 14, 2010

The attached document contains the proposed “Choice Resolution” for consideration by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. It is intended to establish that while self-determination and individual choice are protected, there remains the right of individuals to continue or begin living in residences (large and small) and attending day programs and [...]

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DDAdvocate Newsletter #17 Michigan DCH “Vision” of the Future — Concerning Residential and Vocational Programs
Following is an excerpt from a document we received from Rita Bird who is a member of the Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board. It refers to a draft “Vision Document” prepared by the Michigan Department of Community [...]

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Below you will find:
(1) ddAdvocates talking points from the March 18thForum on Funding and Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities – Click Here For Details On That Meeting
(2) An electronic survey which each of you are requested to complete and return. The source of all survey responses will be kept confidential. They will be tabulated [...]

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