Michigan Partners for Freedomis a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, service providers, Community Mental Health organizations, and allies partnering to build statewide demand for Self-Determination.
Our story begins in April 2004, when the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) sponsored a group to take part in the Immersion Learning about Self-Determination in Atlanta, sponsored by the Center for Self-Determination. The Michigan group included self-advocates,family members, MDDC Council staff and members of several Michigan service providers.
At the event, the group drafted a plan to speed up progress and expand self-determination in Michigan. After returning home, they continued their work, recruited more members and polished a plan of action. In this effort, the Michigan Partners for Freedom was created.
MPF Highlights for Fiscal Year 2015
Fifteen presentations at conferences, for advocacy groups, Self-Determination (S-D) Seminars, and others were done for a total of 613 people. They included:
142 people with disabilities
20 family members
316 were CMH/provider staff
135 other community member
Local Leaders completed 45 outreach activities (presentations about S-D in their lives). 1,695 people attended which included:
421 people with disabilities
242 students with disabilities
128 family members
250 CMH/provider staff
654 community members (includes local and state-level policy makers
The MPF website has 57,704 hits, 2,705 visits and 20 new visitors.
Local Leader, Alex Kimmel, continued to facilitate the FaceBook page. We ended the year with 498 "likes", which was an increase of 46.
3,602 newsletters were distributed.
Twenty four people were assisted to access S-D arrangements for the first time and 63 were helped to resolve issues with their S-D supports.
Technical assistance about S-D was provided to eight Local Doordinatos and at least 129 providers/CMH staff.
The Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University updated their report on fiscal intermediary (FI) use at Community Mental Health (CMH) agencies for the DD Council. This is the only data available to see how many CMHs are providing services that support self-determination and it will be updated in 2016 as well. MPF has been able to share the data, which showed that only 16% of people using CMH services have an FI across the state. MPF plans to help Local Leaders and Local Coordinators use this information in the coming year.