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GMOA e-Network News - August 2017
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Down Syndrome Guild of SE Michigan Club 21
Dates September 15:  Annual Back to School Family Pizza and Make Your Own Sundae Night
October 20:  Halloween - Dress in costume if you like (nothing scary please)
November 17: TBD
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 1100 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Cost: $5/person. Snacks and dancing.
RSVP: (248) 556-5341
ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social - for teens and young adults within the autism spectrum, including Down Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorders to get together and have fun.
We have video games, pingpong, basketball, floor hockey and a DJ who plays the latest hits. The Friendship Club is run by volunteers and all are welcome.  Siblings should be 13 years and older.  For cost and additional information:  www.autismsocial.weebly.com
Dates: Saturdays: August 26, October 14, November 18, November 18
Time:  7-11 p.m.
Location:  St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R. Road, Troy 48085
OUCARES After Hours Adult Social - a support group for adults, ages,18 years and older with Asperger's, high-functioning autism or PDD/NOS.
Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games and fun! 
Dates: Tuesdays: September 19, October 17, November 19 
Time:   6-9 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University Campus, Oakland Center
No registration required, come when you are able. No cost for this program.  This program is made possible by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.
Aspie Women Talk Life Learn and Laugh - 
for wormen 18+ with Asperger's or high-functioning autism with conversational language skills. Social group  led by Tracey Cohen, self-described "Aspie" author of "Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome." Discussions on relevant women's topics including finding/keeping relationships, employment challenges, daily sensory issues, independence and embracing Aspie life.
Dates: Tuesdays: September 19 through October 24 
Time:  6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Oakland University,Room 494 Pawley Hall (OU CAMPUS) (map)
Cost: $60
Registration: Forms are available here
Questions: oucares@oakland.edu
Phone: 248-370-2424 or Fax: 248-370-4242

OUCARES Social Connections for Adults with High-Functioning ASD or Asperger's opportunity to meet new people and socialize while learning about relevant topics each week.  The instructor will address important issues such as: making and maintaining relationships, workplace etiquette, social media and internet safety, community interactions
Dates:  Wednesdays: September 27 through November 15 
Time:  6:30-8 p.m.
Location:  Meadows Learning Center 1435 W. Auburn Road, Room 203 (map)
Cost: $130
Registration: Forms are available  here
Questions:  oucares@oakland.edu
Phone: 248-370-2424 or Fax: 248-370-4242
OUCARES Evening Enrichment
Topic: Transition: Planning for High School and  Beyond
Presenter: Sandee Koski, Michigan Alliance for Families
Presentation is designed to help families understand and plan for the transition to high school as well as a post-high school option.  
Date: Thursday, September 28
Time:  6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Oakland University, Oakland Center, Gold Room C (map)
Cost: free
Registration: Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424, space is limited.

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Enjoy the last days of summer and check out the latest in housing-related news.

FREE Getting My Own Address presentations

In April 2017,  a grant by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and supported by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was awarded to Community Housing Network to provide seven Getting My Own Address Overview Presentations in and around Wayne County from April - September 2017.

The last two presentations are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Living Services
35425 Michigan Ave., West
Wayne, 48184 (map)
Register here
Date: Saturday, September 23  
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
The Children's Center
101 E. Alexandrine
Detroit, 48201 ( map)
Register here

These presentations are offered free of charge and food will be served. Registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome. 

Please note: While the presentations will focus on Wayne County resources, you do not need to be a Wayne County resident to attend. 
More than $2 million saved using MiABLE Disability Savings Program
reprinted in part from www.upmatters.com

The Michigan Achieving a Better Life Experience (MiABLE) program has helped Michigan families save more than $2 million for disability-related expenses in just nine months since its launch, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced (on August 2, 2017).
MiABLE is a 529(A) savings account administrated by the Michigan Department of Treasury that offers investment and tax incentives for families and others who wish to save for individuals with disabilities. Since MiABLE enrollment began on Nov. 1, 2016, more than 700 accounts have been opened, with additional accounts opening every day.
To raise awareness about the program and encourage additional savings, (August) has been proclaimed as #AbleToSave month in Michigan.
Unlike traditional savings accounts, MiABLE savings are not considered when applying for other federal or state benefits, like Social Security Disability Income, Medicaid and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. MiABLE accounts also allow for savings up to $100,000 without losing other financial disability benefits.
Funds from a MiABLE account are not taxed if used for qualified disability expenses, which include: education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, legal fee expenses for oversight and monitoring and end of life expenses.
For more details, or to register an account, visit www.miable.org  or call 844-656-7225. 
Advocacy Call! Oakland County Legislative Night 

Do you or a loved one need mental health services? Do you provide mental health services or act as an advocate? Are you concerned about the possibility of healthcare privatization, caregiver wages and changes to Michigan's behavioral health system? Are you looking for information, a chance to share your opinion with local legislators and some tools to add to your advocacy toolbox?
Mark your calendar and plan to come to
Date: Monday, September 18
Time:  6-8 p.m. 
Macomb Oakland Regional Center (MORC) 
1270 Doris Road
Auburn Hills, 48326 ( map)
Sponsored by: Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit, AMORC, The Arc of Oakland County, Oakland County RICC, New Gateways, Inc., Freedom Work Opportunities, Inc.
Check out Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit on Facebook for more advocacy updates. You can sign up to receive their emails on current news.
Register for an upcoming GMOA Overview Presentation

Taking part in a GMOA Overview Presentation is the best place to start learning and thinking about interdependent housing for adults with disabilities - especially those who may need supports. It provides an introduction to the housing planning process for people with disabilities including:
  • Making housing goals using the Person-Centered Planning process and Self-Determination principles;
  • Creating a housing budget, including private and public funding sources;
  • Deciding the appropriate level of direct care and other supports;
  • Options for affordable housing through renting or buying; and
  • Finding a roommate to share housing costs and companionship.
Please plan to attend one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The presentations will be held at Community Housing Network Inc.:  570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI. (map)
The cost is $30/person. Please register 48 hours (2 days) before each presentation.
Please note: Seating is limited. Please pre-register before the deadline to hold your space. Your registration and payment will be confirmed through email. We reserve the right to cancel the presentation if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation. 
Interested in having a GMOA presentation in your area?

Please contact Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or LBrown@chninc.net to explore scheduling an agency- sponsored presentation or a group-hosted presentation with individually paid registration. A minimum level of participation is required.
Mobile treatment teams to help children and families in crisis are coming to six Northern Michigan counties
Reprinted, in part, from Cadillac News e-edition, Aug 4, 2017 

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded a $500,000 grant July 25 to the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority to form three Family Assessment and Safety Teams (F.A.S.T.) to deploy 24 hours a day, providing rapid-response assistance to families and children in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Wexford, Missaukee, Crawford and Roscommon counties.  Funding is spread over two years.
The teams, a collaborative of several organizations, aim to improve access to high quality care and integrated mental health services, and diminish trauma for those in crisis.
The initiative also aims to reduce the use of hospital emergency rooms for non-medical health issues, and the number of inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations for children. The two-year grant will establish the program long-term, which will continue through billings to Medicaid and other insurance companies.
Organizations involved in F.A.S.T. include Northern Family Intervention Services, Third Level, Pine Rest of Traverse City, four regional departments of Health and Human Services, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, Munson Medical Center, Systems of Care and various local pediatricians.
The full article is available here.
Housing vacancies for individuals with disabilities

Oakland County
CHN has a few single vacancies at residential, shared living homes in Oakland County for one single adult individual with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 
Macomb County
Several single vacancies in scattered-site, residential homes for one single adult with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines


If you are interested in more information, please contact Sharon Wightman at swightman@chninc.net or 248-269-1321 or Alexis Bevan at  abevan@chninc.net or 248-269-1310.

Wayne County
CHN has single vacancies in a few of our shared housing, residential homes in Wayne County, for a single adult individual with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 

If you are interested in more information, please contact April Smith at 248-269-1327 or asmith@chninc.net .
  With support from:

Community Housing Network | 248-928-0111 | LBrown@chninc.net | http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084