Bridging the Gap between Needing Support and Community Resources

The following organization exists to help developmentally disabled individuals and families find resources to help them become active and stable within their communities in the State of Michigan:

Michigan is known for being a leader in offering community-focused programs that build and foster growth within the family unit. However, this wasn’t always the case for those struggling with disabilities lacking options to be housed anywhere but private institutions and congregate housing facilities. The Michigan Family Support Initiative (MFSI) is a grant-funded, statewide initiative created to address this discrepancy between the number of developmentally disabled individuals and families searching for support versus the number of individuals and families that had already tapped into beneficial community resources in Michigan.disabled

MFSI functions to reunite, preserve, strengthen, and maintain families of individuals with developmental disabilities. In keeping with this mission, the staff MFSI will work earnestly to link those having developmental disabilities  to ample support providers and community opportunities so they can exercise true choice and self-determination in their home communities in Michigan.

To accomplish their mission, MFSI community liaisons address the needs of their participants through thorough navigation, training, and monitoring of family needs/desires for services.  Barriers that families in need face are assessed and combated through intense individualized planning, individual and family monitoring, technical support, and consistent evaluation of progress. Specifically, MFSI hopes to provide referral services to at least 100 families per year.  Of these families in Michigan, MFSI hopes to serve annually about 50 qualifying families or individuals.

Participation in the initiative is free.  All costs are covered by a grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University. A child or an adult with a developmental disability, who lives in Michigan with five or more other people with disabilities, is eligible to participate in the MFSI project. This could include youth living in a privately licensed facility or Adults living in a licensed or unlicensed group living arrangement who wish to find a home living arrangement that provides more choice and control.

For more information regarding MFSI, contact information, a calendar of upcoming events, or to learn more about who the MFSI serves, contact (313) 577-2654 or check out their website at http://ddi.wayne.edu/mfsi.php

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