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DDadvocates.com http://ddadvocates.com Advocates for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Wayne County Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:15:37 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 DDAdvocates December 2012 Newsletter An Early Christmas Gift. http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/ddadvocates-december-2012-newsletter-an-early-christmas-gift/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/ddadvocates-december-2012-newsletter-an-early-christmas-gift/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:49:13 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/ddadvocates-december-2012-newsletter-an-early-christmas-gift/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh                                               Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014                                                                                PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514                                                           Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information, following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.

Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh, Constan, Durhal,  Howze,  Jackson,  Nathan
Santana, Slavens, Stallworth, Stapleton, Talabi,
Heise,
Somerville,  Walsh.

Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe,  Clemente, Darany,  Geiss,  Kandrevas,
LeBlanc,  Tlaib.

Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II,  Johnson, Hood III,  Smith,  Hunter,
Anderson, Colbeck, Hopgood.

The following did not vote:
Olumba,  Womack.

Rest up; we have a lot to do next year!!!

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/701/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/701/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:45:44 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/701/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014 PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514 Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.
Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh Constan Durhal Howze Jackson Nathan
Santana Slavens Stallworth Stapleton Talabi Heise
Somerville Walsh
Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe Clemente Darany Geiss Kandrevas
LeBlanc Tlaib
Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II Johnson Hood III Smith Hunter
Anderson Colbeck Hopgood
The following did not vote:
Olumba Womack

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/700/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/700/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:44:20 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/700/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014 PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514 Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.
Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh Constan Durhal Howze Jackson Nathan
Santana Slavens Stallworth Stapleton Talabi Heise
Somerville Walsh
Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe Clemente Darany Geiss Kandrevas
LeBlanc Tlaib
Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II Johnson Hood III Smith Hunter
Anderson Colbeck Hopgood
The following did not vote:
Olumba Womack

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/699/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/699/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:42:29 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/699/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014 PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514 Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.
Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh Constan Durhal Howze Jackson Nathan
Santana Slavens Stallworth Stapleton Talabi Heise
Somerville Walsh
Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe Clemente Darany Geiss Kandrevas
LeBlanc Tlaib
Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II Johnson Hood III Smith Hunter
Anderson Colbeck Hopgood
The following did not vote:
Olumba Womack

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/698/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/698/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:42:28 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/698/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014 PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514 Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.
Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh Constan Durhal Howze Jackson Nathan
Santana Slavens Stallworth Stapleton Talabi Heise
Somerville Walsh
Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe Clemente Darany Geiss Kandrevas
LeBlanc Tlaib
Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II Johnson Hood III Smith Hunter
Anderson Colbeck Hopgood
The following did not vote:
Olumba Womack

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/697/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/697/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:42:27 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/2012/12/21/697/ Who would believe that a freshman Democratic State Representative ( Phil Cavanagh) from Redford Township and a Republican State Senator (Bruce Caswell) from Hillsdale would sponsor and navigate for passage the most important piece of legislation of the year – maybe the decade for persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Wayne County? This is proof for us doubters that even in this era of bitter partisan politics people of character and goodwill can get things done and provide appropriate programming for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The legislation referred to as Senate Bill 1196 establishes the existing Detroit-Wayne Community Mental Health Agency as an Authority independent of the control and unfortunate political pandering so endemic in the county. We have been given this gift with little effort on the part of most of us; it is up to us to participate in its implementation and to assure that it becomes a nationwide example known for its integrity, effectiveness, efficiency and compassion!
I know time and attention spans are short this time of year. But please take a moment to add two persons and their staffs to your Christmas Card list. Use the card to say “Thanks for having the integrity and character to get Senate Bill 1196 passed this year!”
Representative Phil Cavanagh Senator Bruce Caswell
PO Box 30014 PO Box 30036
Lansing, Mi 48909-7514 Lansing, Mi 48909-7536
For your information following are the Wayne County supporters and opponents of the legislation. Be sure to thank the supporters and to ask the opponents what they were thinking when they voted NO!!! It is important that both sides hear that we care—a lot.
Wayne County Representatives who Voted for:
Cavanagh Constan Durhal Howze Jackson Nathan
Santana Slavens Stallworth Stapleton Talabi Heise
Somerville Walsh
Wayne County Representatives who Voted against:
Bledsoe Clemente Darany Geiss Kandrevas
LeBlanc Tlaib
Wayne County Senators all voted against:
Young II Johnson Hood III Smith Hunter
Anderson Colbeck Hopgood
The following did not vote:
Olumba Womack

Finally, from our family to each of you and yours, Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas..

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Impact of 2012 Elections on Persons with Developmental Disabilities http://ddadvocates.com/2012/10/13/impact-of-2012-elections-on-persons-with-developmental-disabilities/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/10/13/impact-of-2012-elections-on-persons-with-developmental-disabilities/#comments Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:07:09 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/?p=692 We have not published the DDAdvocates Newsletter consistently over the past year due to family health issues and other life events. The sabbatical is beginning to wind down just as the election season is warming up.

The topic of this communication is an update on national and state issues which have the potential to impact our children, family members and clients. The theme is that regardless of which political party wins the upcoming elections, we need to be in touch with our office holders at all levels and reacquaint them with the needs of the disabled and mentally ill which they conveniently overlook in their discussions of grand design.

National Issues

  • Mr. Romney has stated to the audience at a $50,000 a plate dinner that what’s wrong with America is that 47% of the population is overly dependent on the Federal Government. There is no acknowledgment in this presentation that significant numbers of the recipients of services are persons with disability, mental illness and other conditions striving to live meaningful lives who might merit exclusion from his derision.
  • Mr. Ryan meanwhile is the author of the budget proposal that would cap Medicaid at current funding levels and allow states to administer it  however they wish. Again there is no recognition of the reality that persons with developmental disabilities are in fact totally and permanently disabled and will require assistance for life,  or that freezing benefits in the face of escalating medical costs constitutes a benefit reduction to those least able to cope with it. In effect he proposes to destroy the current safety net which his running mate claims absolves the government from any further assistance to the poor, the disabled and the disenfranchised
  • Meanwhile, the Obama administration requests proposals from 15 states on how to combine Medicare and Medicaid benefits without any guidelines on how the hard won and effective benefits, waivers and other programs related to persons with developmental disabilities are to be protected. In fairness, however, President Obama is the only politician whom I have heard point out that Medicaid is the cornerstone of benefits for the disabled and needs to be protected.

State Issues

  • The Granholm administration volunteered the State to submit (In return for over $1million of federal money) a plan for merging administration and funding of benefits for persons receiving both Medicare and Medicaid. Following the mantra of one size fits all, there was no distinguishment made in the provision of benefits for the developmentally disabled versus other groups such as children and seniors in poverty, the mentally ill, those in long term nursing and medical facilities and so on. In addition the State proposed to make all payments through the Medicaid system which is unable  to do the job it has today.
  • The Snyder administration didn’t skip a heartbeat in developing and submitting a plan which will basically remove the administration of benefits for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill from local Community Mental Health Agencies and hand this administration over to a privatized state-wide third party for administration under a medical rather than a person centered model—in other words fee for service versus person centered and self determination budgets.
  • Furthermore this administration ignored the concerns of persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness and included these populations in their proposal. Most of the other submitting states excluded persons with developmental disabilities from their proposals apparently understanding that benefits for our citizens require a more person centered and less harmonized administration (and segregation of funds) than the other populations.

What to do?

  • VOTE – understand what is at stake and VOTE
  • Then start talking to the winners
    • Tell them that you expect that they will walk across the aisle and work out bi-partisan agreements to protect and sustain benefits for persons with disabilities. “They wouldn’t cooperate” is not an excuse!
    • Tell them that when it comes to supports for the developmentally disabled one size never fits all and that staffers who pursue blind ideology can never be right
    • Push both federal and state legislatures to deny at the federal level and withdraw at the state level the Michigan proposal for administration of benefits for persons receiving both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
    • Demand that those who espouse social programs and those responsible for executing them do so with an irreproachable level of integrity and stewardship. (contrary to what we are seeing in Wayne County).
    • Finally talk to your friends and legislators on the so called religious right and let them know that if you expect and encourage someone else to make hard decisions  about life issues including abortion and contraception then you and your church and your government had better plan on being there with them through the delivery room, into the doctor’s office, through the special education program, the workshop the residential living arrangements the countless hours in waiting rooms and yes at the end in hospice. It is wrong for us as a country to expect someone else to walk a path we ourselves ignore by withholding our resources, our ministry and our personal attention.

In our absence there has been much action around the dual eligible issue and other topics that are important to our community. DD Advocates from other counties have carried the weight on behalf of all of us. Rather than replicate everything that has been done, I refer you to Jill Barker’s excellent site and encourage you to spend some time there looking at all the good work  and fine articles from around the state. This link will take you to an article by Tom Bird of Ottawa County.  http://theddnewsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Dual%20Eligibles

As always, we invite you to share this document with others and, of course, let us know if you wish to be removed from our  distribution list. You can visit us at http://ddadvocates.com/ .  See you there.

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DDAdvocates Newsletter 20120126 Dual Eligible Integration –Legislative Call http://ddadvocates.com/2012/02/28/ddadvocates-newsletter-20120126-dual-eligible-integration-%e2%80%93legislative-call/ http://ddadvocates.com/2012/02/28/ddadvocates-newsletter-20120126-dual-eligible-integration-%e2%80%93legislative-call/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:24:33 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/?p=679 The attached document:“ DDAdvocates Analysis of Michigan Dual Eligible Initiative“   asis vs willbe 20120125 describes the presently known or anticipated impact of the Dual Eligible Integration of persons with Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness and Others receiving services from Community Mental Health Organizations. It describes

  • Eligibility (everyone will be impacted on the day their parents reach the age of 65)
  • Continuity of  Care
  • Medical Concerns
  • Quality and Safety
  • Choice
  • Local Control
  • Funding Inequity and Risk
  • Concerns Over the Process for Program Development

 

Please

  • Review the document this week and determine the issues most important to you as a client, family member, service provider or other advocate
  • Personalize your message and contact your State Legislators and the Governor this week http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29701_29704—,00.htmland ask them to pass your concerns on to the Michigan Department of Community Health.
  • The final plan will be circulated in the state in early March and submitted to the federal government at the beginning of April.

This is the time to speak up

This is a program which the Michigan Department of Community Health VOLUNTEERED to develop. It is not compulsory that Michigan participate. It promises to put our most vulnerable citizens through a major transition, threatens basic protections of existing programs and is being rushed to implementation. Because it is a pilot, it may be launched here and then modified by the federal government based on results in the 14 other states, or modified further based on what happens with universal health care.

As indicated below, the Michigan Department of Community Health has asked for input. Please give it to them

The goal of the Michigan Department of Community Health is to design an integrated care model that will simplify coverage for dually eligible beneficiaries while also increasing coordination among care providers. The MDCH views stakeholder input as crucial to the design of a model that will work in Michigan and is committed to the process outlined above to ensure that its plan reflects the needs and desires of those who are likely to be directly affected./janus.pscinc.com/dualeligibles

With our last Newsletter we provided an analysis which some of you could not access. It is now available on our web site at this link asis vs willbe 20120125

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Patrick Barrie Comments on Dual Eligible Integration http://ddadvocates.com/2011/10/02/patrick-barrie-comments-on-dual-eligible-integration/ http://ddadvocates.com/2011/10/02/patrick-barrie-comments-on-dual-eligible-integration/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 12:56:29 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/?p=656 Click here to retrieve the document  Duals Design and Alternative Models p barrie (1)

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Attachment to Lynda Zeller Letter –Detailed Arguments and Recommendations http://ddadvocates.com/2011/08/21/attachment-to-lynda-zeller-letter-detailed-arguments-and-recommendations/ http://ddadvocates.com/2011/08/21/attachment-to-lynda-zeller-letter-detailed-arguments-and-recommendations/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:32:59 +0000 Ed Diegel http://ddadvocates.com/?p=647 Dual Eligible Final Attachment 20110816

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