Pass The Children’s Assurance of Foster Care Act
September 23, 2016 – The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a package of bills that are a step in the right direction in addressing barriers faced by children, youth and families and improving their outcomes in the state’s foster care system. There is still time to get these bills through the Senate and to the Governor to sign, but that has to happen before the end of the year. If not, the bills would have to be re-drafted and the process through the Legislature would have to start over again in 2017.
ACTION: Find out the steps that you can take to give this Legislature the opportunity to finish this critical legislation by reading our most recent Action Alert.
Finish What’s Been Started
October 4, 2016 – With ever fewer days left of the Michigan legislative session, important legislation needs to be finished or risk efforts needing to begin again in 2017. Two sets of legislation important to children, youth and families — particularly children, youth and families facing the most challenges in their lives — are still on the table and await action by the Senate. The Raise the Age package has yet to be brought up for discussion in the Senate Judiciary Committee while efforts to improve school discipline laws are awaiting action by the full Senate.
ACTION: Contact your state Senators, ask them to support both of these efforts and urge their colleagues to support quick passage as well.
Medicaid Study Needed for Early On
August 24, 2016 – Michigan continues to ignore the needs of Early On, which supports families of young children birth to age three who have developmental delays or disabilities. Many states utilize Medicaid funds to support early intervention services, but Medicaid is inconsistently and infrequently used in Michigan. In the FY2017 state budget, $25,000 to commission a Medicaid maximization study for Early On was included in the House-passed FY2017 budget but was not in the final budget.
ACTION: Urge your lawmakers – particularly your State Senators – to support a Medicaid maximization study for Early On through a FY2017 budget supplemental. Let them know that Medicaid is the 2nd largest funding source for Early On in the nation yet underutilized in Michigan, and that adequate funding is needed to see reduced need for special education.