A Brief Overview:
In 2015, Michigan was selected as one of 3 states by the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to participate in the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative, the intent of which was to address the significant impact of violence and trauma on our nation’s children. Michigan worked with national experts to develop a strategic plan to identify, assess and treat children who had experienced trauma, with the goals being to improve the outcomes for children and youth and develop sustainable policies and programs.
From this original mobilization emerged a core teamwork group consisting of representatives from the Governor’s office and the Michigan Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, whose charge it was to identify ways that communities, like Jackson, could work together to ensure that children touched by trauma and toxic stress would be able to thrive in their environments.
An environment scan of 75 organizations was conducted, in which Family Services and Children’s Aid (FSCA) was included. A subgroup was then identified and who subsequently met as a more refined collaborative. More surveys took place from which several groups emerged as already being in one of development stages: beginning, intermediate and advanced. FSCA was identified as “ADVANCED” and was to become a champion in the Jackson Community.
It was from here, in 2015, that the Trauma-Informed Community Collaborative (TICC) was begun.
FSCA was able to secure funding in order to enhance trauma awareness in the Jackson Community and the mission of the TICC was established: to promote evidenced based practices and models that would apply to targeted professionals, to include: educators, health professionals, mental health clinicians, law enforcement, etc.
A core group was selected as the TICC’s Leadership Team and consisted representatives from the following child-serving agencies:
A three Year Plan was developed and Targets were identified. These were to (1) increase attendance at trauma-focused trainings and (2) to increase the understanding of the physical and emotional impact of trauma on individuals, particularly children. The TICC met quarterly for over three years.
By the end of Year Three of the TICC’s Action Plan, over 4800 individuals in the Jackson had received trauma training. The attendance at the Quarterly TICC meetings had waned and funding for the provision of free community trainings had been exhausted. The TICC Leadership made the decision to reorganize, with the focus being on the provision of resource development and coordination. The Collaborative was renamed the Trauma Leadership Network or TSN.
In keeping with the mission of strengthening the emotional health and functioning of our community, FSCA offers guardianship services within Jackson County for adults who are unable to protect their own interests and are, therefore, vulnerable to exploitation, neglect or injury.
Services offered are:
- Guardianship to take legal responsibility for care of a person, as appointed by the court
- Conservatorship to take legal responsibility for the finances of a person, as appointed by the court
- Representative Payee to perform financial tasks for persons who receive income only through Social Security and have no other assets that would require a court-appointed conservatorship, as filed with Social Security Administration
The Service Philosophy of guardian services is to protect vulnerable adults while respecting the individual’s right to self-determination. Eligibility for guardianship services requires a referral for the services and an analysis of whether guardianship is the least restrictive alternative that will still effectively meet the individual’s needs. Guardianship also requires a determination of whether there is a more appropriate family member or friend to assume guardianship. Acceptance for guardianship services may also be based on our capacity to provide appropriate, high-quality care to each client.
Key components of Jackson County Guardian Services include:
- Obtain and coordinate community services.
- Provide consent for medical interventions.
- Secure Benefits
- Secure Housing
- Make a funeral plan
- Contact monthly and as needed
- Communicate and collaborate with family, friends, caregivers and service providers
- Attend Probate Court hearings
- Complete and submit annual report to Court
There are community programs and services available for vulnerable adults in Jackson County. Available resources can be found at:
If you or your loved one are having trouble managing money, there are guidebooks available to explain various ways to set up financial management (Power of Attorney; Trustee; Representative Payee for Social Security or Veterans benefits; and Court Appointed Conservator). These guidebooks also contain lists of other financial and legal resources.
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Our Parent Education classes are provided free of charge and are available to anyone who wants to learn how to become a better parent. Classes give parents new techniques and information so they have a better understanding of their own parenting style, have better communication with their children, improve their ability to discipline in a positive way, and become the best parents they can be. We use the Nurturing Parenting curriculum and classes run in eight-week cycles that parents can join at any time. Our trained facilitators cover topics like building empathy in children, fostering independence, developing age appropriate expectations, maintaining appropriate roles, barriers to positive parenting, and positive discipline techniques.
Class times are Tuesdays 10am-noon and Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. We offer specialized workshops for teachers, daycare providers and community members periodically.
Parents must complete an assessment prior to joining the Parent Education program. Please call 517-787-7920 for more information or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more information please visit the Nurturing Parenting Website
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Parent Education Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the Parent Education classes cost?
There is no cost to attend the Parent Education classes.
What happens if I miss a class?
If a class is missed, it can be made up in the next cycle of classes or in the morning or evening class.
How long are the classes?
The classes are on a 8-week rotating schedule.
How do I know what dates the classes start?
As a parent you may start the classes at any time.
Breakout Drug Education provides eight days of school-based alcohol and drug prevention education for adolescents in grades 6-10th. Our experienced classroom instructors teach children, in an age appropriate way, the health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use, how alcohol and tobacco advertising influence young people’s choices, the financial impact of drug use (including education and earning capacity), effective problem solving, how to handle peer pressure, using assertive communication, coping mechanisms, peer refusal techniques and avoiding risky situations. The Breakout staff are also available for presentations and workshops to parents, local businesses, and the community at large.
Breakout Drug Education Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know your program is effective?
Every student who participates in the program completes a pre and post-test. Each pre and post-test contains a unique code so that the student’s test results can be compared from pre to post-program. Over 4,000 pre and post-tests were completed during the 2014-2015 school year. Information collected from those tests, along with community data, is how Breakout measures the success of the program, what part of the lesson plans need to be enhanced, changed, or removed.
J.U.M.P. (Just Understand My Potential)
JUMP is a youth diversion program, giving youth a second chance after making a mistake. The program includes classes for the youth and the parent/guardian. Youth will develop skills for positive familial relationships, health and financial benefits of an alcohol/drug-free lifestyle, methods for dealing with stress and resolving conflicts. There are two ways that youth can be involved in the program:
It is important that youth be held accountable for bad behavior and poor choices. Just as important, is for youth to learn alternate more positive choices and behaviors. The JUMP program offers students the opportunity to reflect and learn from their mistakes, as well as develop new self-regulation tools to prevent incidents from happening again in the future. JUMP services include parental involvement, leading to benefits that extend beyond the school setting. The youth and parent will meet with the JUMP case manager to do an intake interview and then they will participate in classes that will help them have the tools they need to make better choices. Please call 517-787-7920 to learn more about referring a youth to the program.
Youth are prone to make mistakes or put themselves in vulnerable situations. Participation in the JUMP program provides youth the opportunity to gain essential education for avoiding illegal substances as well as have their criminal offense suppressed through the court. The JUMP program offers first-time offending youth the opportunity to be diverted from formal court sanctions with an opportunity to have their criminal record sealed.
A criminal record can negatively impact the future of youth by limiting access to colleges, employment, and military entrance, which may negatively affect self-worth and future financial stability. One year after successful completion of the program, 88% of the youth do not re-offend.
The JUMP program staff work with the youth for 90 to 120 days. Youth are mentored with behavioral plans and goals specifically designed for each individual.