Michigan Department of Human Services http://michiganradio.org en Truant students could lose their driver's licenses under bill in state House http://michiganradio.org/post/truant-students-could-lose-their-drivers-licenses-under-bill-state-house <p>A state lawmaker says the threat of losing driving privileges would be a good way to discourage kids from skipping school.</p><p>Families who receive state aid <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/truant-kids-could-put-family-aid-jeopardy">can lose their benefits </a>if their child repeatedly skips school. It’s a policy&nbsp;some legislators want to <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(zk1w3ibc5vl2vd23q5ghitix))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2013-HB-4388">codify in law</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:20:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15836 at http://michiganradio.org Truant students could lose their driver's licenses under bill in state House Michiganders who get government food assistance will feel funding cut this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-who-get-government-food-assistance-will-feel-funding-cut-week <p>Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who rely on government programs to put food on their table will be getting less money to buy groceries starting November First.</p><p>Back in 2009, the federal government pumped billions of dollars into food assistance programs. The money came from the federal economic stimulus. But that ends November first. &nbsp;After that, Michiganders getting help buying food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see their monthly benefits drop by about five to ten percent.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15001 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders who get government food assistance will feel funding cut this week Hundreds of Michigan lottery winners lose their welfare benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-lottery-winners-lose-their-welfare-benefits <p>The state kicked more than 500 people off food assistance and other welfare programs over the past 12 months because they won the Lottery.</p><p>But, a member of Governor Rick Snyder’s cabinet wants thousands more people be kicked off public assistance because of their Lottery winnings.<br><br>A new report says 14% of Lottery winners in Michigan live in a household where someone is on public assistance. There’s a law that requires the state to check the name of everyone who wins more than a thousand dollars against the rolls for many programs.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:19:36 +0000 Rick Pluta 12148 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of Michigan lottery winners lose their welfare benefits In this morning's news: Cuts to DHS, road repairs, right-to-work sanctions http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-cuts-dhs-road-repairs-right-work-sanctions <p><strong>House and Senate plans for Department of Human Services differ </strong></p><p>Republicans in the state Senate have approved a budget which would cut about 270 jobs from the Michigan Department of Human Services. This plan contrasts a more drastic budget cut <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/house-budget-panel-approves-cutting-1000-plus-human-service-workers">passed</a> by a House subcommittee yesterday which proposes eliminating more than 1,000 jobs from the agency. The Department of Human Services handles things like the state's child welfare, juvenile justice, and food assistance programs.</p><p><strong>Governor Snyder hoping for a bipartisan solution to fixing state roads</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder is looking to Democrats to help design a bipartisan solution for fixing the state’s roads.</p><p>“Republicans control the House and Senate, but have not reached a consensus on how to raise the needed money. The governor says he’s asking Democrats as well as Republicans to put their ideas on the table in hopes of forging a deal,” Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Disagreements over right-to-work sanctions </strong></p><p>Sanctions for schools and colleges that ratified new union contracts were not included in state Senate budgets passed yesterday.</p><p>“Republicans in the state House want to punish schools for signing long-term contracts that would get around the state’s new right-to-work law. A Senate budget subcommittee on community colleges left the plan out of its recommendation,” reports Jake Neher.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:17:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12070 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Cuts to DHS, road repairs, right-to-work sanctions Getting kicked off cash assistance, a personal story http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-kicked-cash-assistance-personal-story <p>As part of our State of Opportunity project, we’re following parents as they struggle to get off public assistance and make a better future for their children. This is an update on one of those families.</p><p>I first interviewed Keisha Johnson on a steamy summer day last June.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Johnson, 25, grew up poor and is still poor to this day. But she has three reasons she wants to climb out poverty, and their names are&nbsp;Kaleb, Jurnee, and Alan,&nbsp;Jr.</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 11771 at http://michiganradio.org Getting kicked off cash assistance, a personal story Child-welfare watchdog has limited computer access http://michiganradio.org/post/child-welfare-watchdog-has-limited-computer-access <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A watchdog created by Michigan lawmakers to investigate child-welfare cases has no access to certain computers at the Department of Human Services.</p><p>An audit released Friday says the problem exists even eight years after creation of the Office of Children's Ombudsman. The ombudsman is an independent appointee with authority to investigate how the department handles child protection, foster care and juvenile justice.</p><p>The Department of Human Services says it doesn't have money to modify the computer system to give the ombudsman access. The agency is promising access in 2014.</p><p>Auditors say the ombudsman is supposed to see medical and mental health records as well as other documents. Verlie Ruffin has been ombudsman since 2006. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:31:43 +0000 The Associated Press 10946 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit girl's death raises questions about state's child welfare system http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-girls-death-raises-questions-about-states-child-welfare-system <p>A Detroit state representative says <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121231/METRO01/212310393/1409/metro/Case-Detroit-girl-9-found-stabbed-ruled-homicide">a child’s death this week raises serious questions</a> about Michigan’s child welfare system.</p><p>Rashida Tlaib is calling for an investigation after a nine-year-old girl died Sunday at the Martin Luther King apartments on the city's east side.</p><p>The girl was stabbed in the chest. The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide, and police have sought an arrest warrant for her mother.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 20:09:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10582 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit girl's death raises questions about state's child welfare system New program requires three-week assessment for cash assistance applicants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-requires-three-week-assessment-cash-assistance-applicants <p>Applicants for cash assistance in Michigan will have to go through a new 21-day assessment.</p><p>The state Department of Human Services Wednesday said the program is meant to bolster applicants’ job prospects.</p><p>The PATH program will replace a less intensive job training program.</p><p>DHS spokesman Dave Akerly said many people can’t find or keep a job because they have trouble finding child care and transportation.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:34:22 +0000 Jake Neher 10453 at http://michiganradio.org New program requires three-week assessment for cash assistance applicants Flint judge sets deadline for state welfare review http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-judge-sets-deadline-state-welfare-review <p>A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10 to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.<br /><br />Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut imposed the deadline today during a hearing on a complaint from the Center for Civil Justice.&nbsp; The complaint accused the Michigan DHS of intentionally processing the assistance applications slowly while it waited for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.<br /><br />On<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/court-says-state-agency-can-impose-welfare-time-limits"> June 27</a>, the state Court of Appeals ruled that Michigan can end benefits under a five-year federal limit, even if recipients still might qualify for cash under state law.<br /><br />Michigan has a four-year limit, but the state stops the clock when someone with a disability can&#39;t work or when people care for a disabled spouse or child.<br /><br />The state says following the stricter federal cap could save $70 million a year.</p><p>In a press release sent out today, <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">DHS Director Maura Corrigan said the judge&#39;s ruled window for processing applications is reasonable. She said,</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">We are and have been committed to complying with this court&rsquo;s orders. The completion date of August 10<sup>th</sup> set forth by the court today is well within our internal timeline already in place.</span></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/07/judge_gives_dhs_deadline_to_pr.html">MLive.com reports</a> that the groups will return to court Aug. 20 if DHS fails to process all of the cases by the deadline.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio News</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:52:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8295 at http://michiganradio.org Flint judge sets deadline for state welfare review Fight brewing over Detroit's troubled Human Services Department http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-brewing-over-detroits-troubled-human-services-department <p>A fight is brewing between the Detroit City Council, Mayor Dave Bing, and the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012203030349">State officials say</a> the Detroit Department of Human Services is so corrupt and incompetent it should no longer handle federal funds.</p><p>They want the Detroit City Council to agree to that. But the Council wants to hear more specifics&mdash;and a request from Mayor Dave Bing&mdash;before they act.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:36:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6528 at http://michiganradio.org Fight brewing over Detroit's troubled Human Services Department Food Assistance: Losing the Lottery http://michiganradio.org/post/food-assistance-losing-lottery <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">My favorite new magazine is nice to look at, isn&rsquo;t printed on paper, and has eye-opening new information about our state twice a week. It&rsquo;s called Bridge, and it is published online by the non-partisan, non-profit Center for Michigan in Ann Arbor.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:43:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4344 at http://michiganradio.org Food Assistance: Losing the Lottery State lets some families know aid is running out http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lets-some-families-know-aid-running-out <p>Michigan has begun sending out notices to some families receiving welfare benefits to notify them that their federal assistance is running out. The Detroit Free Press reports the change may affect nearly 14,000 families who had passed a five-year federal limit but got the time extended. Notices began going out Tuesday that include contact information for caseworkers who will try to help families find other assistance programs.</p><p>Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says the notices come at the same time the state is revamping how it hands out assistance. It&#39;s also planning to put into effect a four-year limit in most cases for families receiving welfare benefits.</p><p>The limit could begin Oct. 1. Critics say such a limit would boot some needy families off public assistance. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:44:05 +0000 The Associated Press 3675 at http://michiganradio.org Report: State not making enough progress on child welfare programs http://michiganradio.org/post/report-state-not-making-enough-progress-child-welfare-programs <pre>A court appointed monitor watching over Michigan’s child protective </pre> <pre>services warns that system is “substantially non-compliant” with a court agreement.&nbsp; </pre> <pre>The state agreed to make measurable improvements to its child welfare system when it settled a lawsuit with New York-based Children’s Rights group in 2008.</pre> <pre>But two years later, a monitor says the state Department of Human Services has shown a “frustrating lack of progress” in implementing reforms.</pre> <pre>Sarah Bartosz, a senior attorney for Children’s Rights, says the state is about a year Wed, 08 Dec 2010 02:03:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 495 at http://michiganradio.org Report: State not making enough progress on child welfare programs