Click here to view a back-to-school message from Lieutenant Governor Calley about the importance of being inclusive!
Click here to read the Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative’s June 2016 Youth Justice News and catch up on the latest in Juvenile Justice in Michigan.
The Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative is a project of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Take a moment to check out this spring’s edition of the Exchange Michigan Protection and Advocacy’s newsletter. This edition is packed with articles we think you might find useful including: information about the introduction of House Bills designed to address Seclusion and Restraint in Michigan; A parent’s story of having the courage to speak up and advocate for her child; and information about how to access behavior supports, transition services, and Michigan’s educational complaint system.
Click the link below to download Michigan Protection & Advocacy’s Spring 2016 Newsletter today! mpas_exchange_spring_2016_0
Or click here to visit Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services Website to learn more.
Tomorrow, the Michigan House of Representatives will vote on a package of bills aimed at reducing the number of young people exposed to the dangers of adult jails and prisons. To learn more click here to visit Raise the Age Michigan’s website.
If you are interested in sharing your views with your legislator before tomorrow’s vote contact your representative today! You can click here to do an online search for your legislator.
The Governor’s Special Ed Reform Task Force Final Report is now publicly available and can be downloaded by clicking here. Please take a look and share the information with others as this report will guide much of the work of the Michigan Department of Education work over the next few years.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that youth sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole have the right to an eventual parole hearing. The ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, clarifies the court’s landmark 2012 ruling, Miller v. Alabama, in which the court barred mandatory sentences of life without parole for youth.
To read the complete Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency news brief or to learn more click here.
Click here to visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website to learn more or to view a copy of the complete §1115 waiver, stakeholder notice and waiver summary. Comments will be accepted until February 2, 2016.
November 13, 2015
The Association for Children’s Mental Health recently received funding from the Ethyl and James Flinn Foundation, a private foundation that is committed to improving the scope, quality and delivery of mental health services in Michigan. The Flinn Foundation was founded in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her brother James “Jim” Flinn Jr. Jim Flinn Jr. who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s, led a remarkable life until hid passing in 2007 at the age of 91. Since the foundation’s inception over 28 million dollars in grant funds have been awarded.
ACMH was awarded a $25,000 grant to help us to build upon the virtual community of the redesigned ACMH website which was created last year, also with support from the Flinn Foundation.The new grant dollars will help us to build upon that work by supporting us to improve our social media platforms and develop new and improved marketing, outreach and educational materials. Social media has proven to be an effective tool to increase public awareness, inform families of resources and opportunities, reduce stigma and help to create effective partnerships and collaborative efforts.
Funding will also be used to support the development of a public service announcement that will address the impact of stigma on children, youth, and families and to promote the importance of the voice of families and family run organizations.
For further information about this project, please contact ACMH at 517-372-4016.
14 state lawmakers introduced a 21-bill package on October 7, 2015. With bipartisan, bicameral support, this package aims to reform Michigan’s juvenile justice system, focusing on raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 and permitting youth access to age-appropriate rehabilitative services. Other bills in the package would also prohibit youth under 18 from being placed in adult jails or prisons. Click here to read more on the National Juvenile Justice Network Webpage.
Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.
SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, developed the free KnowBullying mobile app to help facilitate meaningful conversations about bullying anytime, anywhere.
The free App’s features include:
- Conversation starters
- Tips and strategies to prevent bullying for children ages 3–6, 7–13, and teens
- Warning signs to recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying
- Reminders to talk with your child when the time feels right
- Section for educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom and support children who are being bullied.
Click here to learn more and download the free app today!