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Issue Alert - 08-10-09

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Oct 10, 2008

Program Area:

Family Independence Program (FIP), State Disability Assistance (SDA)

Issue Summary:

DHS has increased the monthly amounts for FIP and SDA

Persons Affected:

FIP and SDA recipients

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail:

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


The Michigan Legislature approved increases in the budget for the Department of Human Services which included modest increases for the monthly FIP and SDA amounts.

What's Happening?

Effective 10/01/2008, The monthly FIP grants increased by one dollar for each person on the grant.   SDA was increased by $5 per person per month.  Recipients should notice the increase on the Bridge care in this month’s allotment.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should make clients aware of the change.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients should notice the increases on their Bridge card this month. 

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee.

You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at

You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.