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If you or a loved one receives benefits through the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, or if you work for any provider that provides services, you need to be aware of Town Hall Meetings being held this week and next. The topic of the meeting(s) will be the redesign of the Mental Health Delivery System [...]

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The following link to Age of Autism is must reading for anyone in the country who considers themselves an advocate for persons with developmental disabilities. Notice that the author nowhere wants to restrict services or the independence of high functioning person with disabilities; for instance: those  who are capable of enjoying even full time jobs, college experiences [...]

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This is a time of tremendous change regarding funding, ideology and governance of the service delivery process for persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Federal funding is threatened as never before by proposals such as those put forth by

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Comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed regulations on Home and Community Based Services Waivers [CMS-2296-P]
 
May 23, 2011
By Jill Barker
jillrbarker@sbcglobal.net
Friends of the Developmentally Disabled
The DD News Blog http://theddnewsblog.blogspot.com/
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS is the federal agency that regulates Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. [...]

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Detroit, MI –March 30, 2011: DD Advocates of Michigan has formed a coalition of advocacy groups from various areas of the state to improve the distribution of information pertaining to the needs of persons  with  Developmental Disabilities (DD) in Michigan.
The coalition was formed because there is a critical need for sharing news of events, legislative [...]

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Concept Paper: The Future for Students with Disabilities ages 2 to 26
by the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE)
Purpose and Background:
This concept paper proposes ideas to improve transition to adult life at an earlier age for students with disabilities (SWD)
ages 22-26 through increased relationships with community support agencies.
The intent of the federal Individuals [...]

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DD Advocates Newsletter – March Madness (Lansing Style)
 Last year we expressed concern that many of our newly elected officials needed to be informed of the importance of programs for persons with Developmental Disabilities. We are now in the midst of the most far reaching budget discussions in history. We have documents from two Departments [...]

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Dear Friends,
When I opened my mail this morning I had a request to forward the following message (Blue Test).
The Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) has been collecting stakeholder feedback to assist them in designing how their funding and resources will be applied over the next five years.  The ADD website is being bombarded with [...]

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From: Dehem, James 
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:37 AM
Subject: FW: VOR at work. Administration on Developmental Disabilities – Envisioning Site Open for Testimonies through March 4th
Good Morning:  I write to ask that you consider offering a statement of testimony to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities by Friday, March 4th.  It can be a very brief response and can [...]

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This document contains the results of the ddAdvocates Process Improvement Survey conducted through May 2010.  124 clients and advocates responded to the survey. The referenced document explains the the purpose of the survey, its results and the plan for addressing issues progressively through 2011.
Process Improvement Presentation Final 20101202

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