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I received a note that Lt. Governor Elect Calley will address the State Senate Republican Caucus on Tuesday the 30th in an attempt to convince the Caucus to approve the bills that it has been blocking since 2009 related to diagnosis and treatment of autism. Some in the CMH Community think that the passage [...]

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The Election
The political issues swirling around the upcoming elections are bound to drive change that none of us can clearly predict. With all of the claims and counter claims, we need to focus on who it is that we most want to protect in this election and then vote accordingly.
 
No one who talks about reducing [...]

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Challenges to Guardianship and Consumer Choice
RE: Draft TA, Expectations and Assistance from PIHPs/CMHSPs regarding Individual Independence, Autonomy and Control by Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
RE: TSG draft work product, Definitions and Characteristics of Active Engagement and Community Inclusion for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
RE:  Director Mike Head’s TAs addressing Choice, Self Determination, Guardianship, PCP Process
Introduction:
Though MDCH [...]

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Concerned about your Guardianship Rights?
Have you seen the Draft Technical Advisory –  “ The Role of Guardians in Arrangements that Support Self Determination for individuals with Developmental Disabilities” ?
The document was issued August 26 with comments due by today, September 30. If you haven’t seen it till now, or been requested to respond, send a note now to [...]

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Following are our comments concerning the draft document:. “ The Role of Guardians in Arrangements that Support Self Determination for individuals with Developmental Disabilities” 
Concerning the Cover Letter:

The Comment Period needs to be extended. The document was addressed to “Executive Directors…, Consumers and Families, advocates and Stakeholders in Michigan’s Public Mental Health System.” I am a guardian, parent, [...]

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Please  attend a public Forum on Funding and Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Wayne County. It will be held on Thursday, March 18th at the Wayne Community Center. The event will begin at 6:30 PM
There will be a diverse panel of dedicated and committed persons representing the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, all [...]

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The following is the status of CMH Funding in Michigan and Wayne County and projections for the future. Please take some time this week end  to contact your legislators as initial budget hearings are being held in Lansing on Thursday March4th. There is an action summary at the end of this message.
Funding Status and Projection:
Last [...]

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I have received the following message from the CEO of a provider which is being dramatically impacted by the CLS cuts. If Synergy does not receive money to cover its shortfall as a result of tomorrow’s meeting, this will be a drastic set-back as most providers deal with both Synergy and CLS — Cut upon [...]

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What a Difference a Day Makes!
Today I have been contacted by Cindy Dingell concerning the impact of the Governor’s Executive Order for 2009  Budget Year Reductions. The D-WC CMH Agency has been advised that statewide CMH Budgets (read payments) for the 4th quarter of the budget year have been reduced 12.5% for all counties except [...]

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