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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Signs Bills Eliminating
Derogatory Disability Language from State Law

Stigmatized language no longer used to describe children with disabilities.
Lansing, MI, June 25, 2015 from RWC Advocacy

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed bills modernizing state law by eliminating outdated language that is now considered offensive when referring to children with disabilities. “Michiganders with special needs deserve to be treated with respect and dignity everywhere, including within state law,” Calley said. “This is another step toward making sure individuals with disabilities have opportunities to succeed.”


information for people who are covered by full Medicaid and full Medicare MI Health Link is a new program that will allow you to get health care and services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. MI Health Link lets you use one plan and one card for health care, behavioral health care, home and community-based services, nursing home care and medications.

Dual Eligible folks are automatically enrolled in MiHealth Link as of July 1st unless they call to opt out.

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Home Help Services

Home Help Services is a program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). It supports adults who wish to stay in their home but are in need of some assistance.  This program provides funding to hire in-home service Providers who can assist with daily activities, allowing people to remain in their own homes.

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If you are a Self-Advocate, would you like to share your own story on the “In Our Own Voices” blog? You can blog about what you have been doing, what you’d like to be doing, what your plans are, or anything that is important to you. Are you an advocate? Tell us about things you have accomplished, or want to accomplish, for yourselves or for others!

You can blog about whatever you’d like! (You can even respond to Michelle's blog posting.) Send your blog entry to to be included.

Michelle Ellswood, one of The Arc NW’s Board Members, is back with another blog entry. Check it out and see what has been happening in Michelle’s life.

What can you do to help?

Challenging times are upon us. With the inception of the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority last October came significant funding cuts from the State to our mental health services. The State disproportionately cut funding to Wayne County. Many mental health services and programs are currently at risk, including Arc programs. Due to these cuts by the State, the Authority in turn eliminated its financial support for Arc programs which have been funded by CMH since 1991. The Arc NW no longer receives CMH funding for our Lekotek, After I’m Gone, Community Participation Project and Guardianship Alternatives Information Network (GAIN) programs. These programs provide important information and knowledge to access mental health services.

What can you do to help?
Let the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority and your state legislators know how you or your loved ones have benefited from Arc programs.

Call, if need be leave messages, or write Mr. Tom Watkins, the CEO of the Authority, Ms. Sandra Peppers, the COO, (and your legislators) and tell them the importance of funding The Arc's programs. Let them know what Lekotek has meant to your child and family, how After I’m Gone helped you understand how to access needed services, about the knowledge you now have after learning about the legal alternatives to guardianship, and the support your loved one received from Community Participation to plan meaningful activities.

Here's the address & phone number for the Detroit /Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA):
640 Temple, 8th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202

Contact Information for State and Federal Legislators (2013 - 2014)

Participants Needed...

...for a study about the social behaviors of adolescents and adults with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities. Parents/guardians of a child who is 12 years and older are invited to complete a short online survey about their child's social behaviors. These questions will ask about the child's background, ways the child interacts with others, and whether the child displays any behaviors that might make him/her more vulnerable to social victimization.

You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking the link below:
If the link above does not work, try copying the link into your web browser.

Thank you.
Marisa Fisher
Assistant Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University

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Help make Michigan’s Mental Health Services better. With your help the National Core Indicators Survey will. How? With the information you share about your mental health services when you complete an NCI survey. The NCI confidential survey takes less than one hour.

The core indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

Help make our mental health services better.



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