DHS http://michiganradio.org en Parents sue Michigan DHS over special needs children http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-sue-michigan-dhs-over-special-needs-children <p>Michigan’s Department of Human Services is being sued for failing to disclose to parents that their adoptive children had special needs and therefore qualified for federal aid.</p><p>David Kallman is an attorney representing 8 families in the case.&nbsp; He says because they didn’t know their children had disabilities, so they missed a deadline to claim these benefits for their adopted children, and are now struggling with major medical bills.<br><br>He says the families love their kids and want to help them.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the expenses are decimating them.</p><p>A spokesman for DHS says they can’t comment on the case, since the suit won’t be filed until tomorrow, but that they investigate all allegations into wrongdoing.</p><p><em>- Chris Edwards, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:21:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9056 at http://michiganradio.org DHS rolls out new hotline number to report child, elder abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/dhs-rolls-out-new-hotline-number-report-child-elder-abuse <p>Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mi.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> has introduced a more streamlined process for reporting child and elder abuse in the state.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of a series of child welfare improvements the state agreed to make when it settled a lawsuit with New York-based Children&rsquo;s Rights group in 2008.</p><p>The agreement required DHS to create a <a href="http://www.mi.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124--272588--,00.html">statewide, 24-hour hotline</a> that anyone in Michigan can call to report possible child or elder abuse.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:56:13 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6506 at http://michiganradio.org DHS rolls out new hotline number to report child, elder abuse Some fear needy Michiganders may struggle to heat their homes this winter http://michiganradio.org/post/some-fear-needy-michiganders-may-struggle-heat-their-homes-winter <p>State officials and local social service groups are working together to help needy Michiganders pay their heating bills this winter.&nbsp; But how much government will help pay those heating bills remains a question.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this year, a court ruled against how Michigan raised money for the low income heating assistance program. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And state lawmakers have not yet agreed on a new funding plan. That has some social service groups concerned about the future of the program.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 20:32:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 4314 at http://michiganradio.org Some fear needy Michiganders may struggle to heat their homes this winter Michigan making progress in collecting child support http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-making-progress-collecting-child-support <p><a href="http://www.audgen.michigan.gov/">A new report</a> says about 70% of&nbsp; children in Michigan who are eligible for child support do receive the payments. An Auditor General&rsquo;s report on Michigan&rsquo;s child support system says about $3&nbsp;billion in child support payments were collected over the last two years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Marilyn Stephen is the director of <a href="http://mi.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124--253830--,00.html">Child Support with the Department of Human Services</a>. She says the number of eligible kids who receive child support payments could always be better.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that I&rsquo;d categorize it as either good or bad. It&rsquo;s great that there are 70% of children who are receiving the support that they are entitled to, but that means that there&rsquo;s 30% that we spend probably 90 percent of our time looking for and trying to identify income and assets.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Stephen&nbsp; doubts&nbsp;the state will never be able to make every parent pay child support.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I would submit that we&rsquo;ll probably never be at zero, because there will probably always be individuals who lack the education and the job history and frankly the employment to pay their child support. So that&rsquo;s a persistent problem, and not just in Michigan, but across the nation, and really across the world.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Stephen says the state&rsquo;s child support program is a great return on investment for taxpayers, with more than $6 in child support collected for every dollar spent. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 21:10:46 +0000 Laura Weber 1925 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan making progress in collecting child support Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan to head DHS http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-justice-maura-corrigan-head-dhs <p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> will name <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/aboutcourt/biography.htm#MDC">Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a> as head of the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> today. The appointment will open a vacancy on the <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">state Supreme Court</a> for the new governor to fill.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-snyder-humanservi,0,120999.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>It's not immediately clear how quickly Snyder will replace Corrigan on the court. Corrigan was part of the court's new 4-3 conservative majority... The department has been under pressure in recent years as more Michigan residents hurt by the recession seek public assistance. The department is under a 2008 consent decree to improve the state's foster care system but received poor marks in the latest report.</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110105/NEWS15/101050374/1320/Snyders-pick-creates-court-dilemma"> reports</a>:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan reportedly is eager to lead the DHS because of her long involvement in child protection issues, such as foster care and abuse prevention, said those close to the decision.</div></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan has served on Michigan's highest court since 1999. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:18:21 +0000 Zoe Clark 772 at http://michiganradio.org