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The following is a joint effort of DDAdvocates, Jerry Exner, Marianne Huff and Millie Jones. It does not mince words. There are people in Lansing who apparently believe the Community Mental Health System ought to be stripped of all but mandatory federal funding. There are over 300 people on the DDadvocates distribution list. Each of [...]

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If you sent correspondence to the Department of Mental Health Conference Members and  received an ‘AUTOREPLY’ message from one or more of them, I suggest you forward  the ‘AUTOREPLY’ response to your State Representative or Senator, and ask either of them to deliver your message in person.
If you haven’t sent your correspondence yet, I [...]

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Those of you who have been receiving these newsletters know that collectively we can make a difference in decisions being made concerning programs for the developmentally disabled and for other Mental Health programs.
This is one of the times we must act and act now. The 2009/10 State Budget Allocations will be decided over the next [...]

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Last Wednesday the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Board had a study session concerning the proposed termination of the Synergy contract. At the meeting  Synergy and CMH presented the case for each of their positions. There is a public session July 8 to hear comments from the public.
The bottom line is that

Synergy needs to cut [...]

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Synergy continues to push for outrageous reductions to providers and therefore to client services despite warnings from CMH that these reductions are unacceptable. The last proposal we are aware of called for $7.8 million of cuts to be executed over four months.

The proposal includes a 20% provider payment reduction ($4.8million) with no provision for corresponding [...]

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This is the first newsletter post to DDAdvocates.com –nearly 100 people including provider staff and management and community advocates. Attachments to this message include:

Minutes from the March 19 Open Forum on CLS Cuts Archive Note: See Newsletter #1.2 Minutes for the March 19 Meeting for this document.
A lobby kit for creating political pressure to restore funding

For [...]

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