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Issue Alert - 04-04-09

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Date:

Apr 26, 2004

Issue Summary:

The state has rescinded the March 1, 2004 changes in Home Help Services that were previously reported in Issue Alert 04-02-01

Persons Affected:

Home Help Services recipients whose services were terminated or reduced because of the March 1, 2004 policy changes

For More Information:

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000(734) 998-6100(734) 998-9125 Fax


Background

Home Help Services (aka Chore Services)

What's Happening?

The Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH) has instructed the Family Independence Agency (FIA) that the March 1, 2004 policy changes have been rescinded and individuals whose services were reduced or terminated should be reinstated at their previous levels of services.FIA has issued policy telling local offices about the rescission and the need to re-open and correct Home Help Services cases. DCH still intends to make significant cuts in the Home Help Services program, but it is not currently known exactly what or who will be cut. Advocates are meeting with state officials in an effort to ensure that any subsequent policy changes will not violate federal laws that protect Medicaid recipients and persons with disabilities. Some (but by no means all) of the legal problems with the March 1, 2004 policy changes are described in Alert 04-02-01.

What Should Advocates Do?

Share this information with affected clients and with other agencies that work with persons with disabilities -- especially those with mental illness or developmental disabilities.Refer affected clients to the Center for Civil Justice (800) 724-7441), the Michigan Poverty Law Program, or Michigan Protection and Advocacy (800)288-5923.

What Should Clients Do?

Contact the Center for Civil Justice (800) 724-7441, the Michigan Poverty Law Program, or Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services (800) 288-5923, if you received a notice that your Home Help Services were going to be cut or stopped. Call even if your services have now been restored.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan LawHelp web site (http://MI.LawHelp.org) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.