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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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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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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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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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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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