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Community Events

Special needs open gym 

Third Sunday of each month

3-5 p.m. 

 Great Lakes Kids Energy Zone

715 North Lapeer Road 

Oxford, MI 


Rethinking guardianship with 

Dohn Hoyle,

The Arc Michigan

 Thursday, May 23, 2013  

1-4: p.m. 

Michigan First Credit Union  27000 Evergreen Road 
Lathrup Village, MI 48076

 Register byMay 16, 2013, at 
Jill Mazur Skornicka (248) 557-5070 x 112 





Michigan supporting and including bothers and sisters (MI SIBS) provides adult siblings of individuals with disabilities with information, resources, and support to advocate with and/or for their brothers and sisters and to promote leadership roles of siblings within the disability community. 

Please check out link for  information on MI SIBS and conference dates.


New MI SIBS Group

 Tuesday, May 14t at 6 p.m.

Claddaugh Irish Pub

 17800 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Come and help organize future activities and build MI SIBS membership!  








Welcome to the Getting My Own Address e-newsletter where we share resources, information, and training opportunities to help you plan for housing in the community of your choice!  


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Something to think about ... adult home help services

Individuals 18 and older who need assistance with daily activities and meet eligibility requirements may receive home help services from the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). The Adult Home Help Services (AHHS) program provides funding for individuals to hire helpers to assist with daily activities. This allows people to live in their own homes.   

To qualify, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and require physical assistance with at least one activity of daily living such as eating, feeding, toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, transferring from one position to another, and mobility within the home.  If this threshold is met, the individual may then qualify for additional assistance with instrumental activities of daily living such as taking medication, meal preparation, laundry, housework, and shopping for essential items.


The person in need of services, or someone they choose to represent them, can call or visit the Adult Home Help Services unit of their local county Department of Human Services.  When a referral is made, a DHS specialist will schedule a home visit to provide an assessment to determine whether or not a person needs assistance with daily care.  If the threshold requirements are met, then the DHS specialist will see if you also need help with the instrumental activities listed above.

Services not covered by Home Help include:

* Supervised personal care (the guidance and direction a client may need to perform activities of daily living.)

* Yard work, heavy housework, and repairs.

* Services for other people (non- Medicaid recipients) who live in the home.

* Transportation (DHS can direct you to other resources to assist with this.)  

Home Help clients employ their own providers. Providers may be friends, relatives, neighbors, or employees of home help agencies. A client's spouse or a parent caring for a child younger than  18 cannot be paid by DHS. For additional information see Link.

GMOA presentations and community involvement

44th Annual Autism Society National Conference 

July 10-13

Getting My Own Address Presentation 

 Friday July 12, 2013

3:30-4:45 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA


Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

Annual Self-Determination Conference

August 19, 2013

Somerset Inn

2601 West Big Beaver Rd.

Troy, MI 48084

Follow-up from GMOA support groups  

Milford GMOA - Last month, Mark Mergener, realtor and dad talked about the real estate market, he shared that interest rates are the best they have been in a very long time and housing prices are still lower then they were five years ago.  Attendees asked a lot of questions about how to purchase homes for people who need direct supports, have guardians, and use Social Security benefits. This group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Apollo, 2029 N Milford Road, Highland, MI 48357.   


Troy GMOALast month, staff from Secure Planning Strategies gave the group an overviewof the need to do solid financial planning for people with disabilities.  Occasionally, people who have Social Security benefits and Medicaid receive inheritances.  This is a wonderful thing as long as it does not disrupt essential community supports.  Good planning and coordinating financial planning and legal estate work can help avoid some of these disruptions.  


Upcoming GMOA support groups

The next three months will be dedicated to the subject of home ownership.  After listening to the questions at the meetings, there is a lot of interest in how to create private residences, including home purchases.



May 21, 2013 - The group will discuss general overview of tools used to create private residences.


June 18, 2013 - The group will discuss all the known ways for families to make home purchases including ways to hold the title.  


Milford GMOA

The group has decided to be on vacation for June, July and August. See you in the fall!

Julie Conn's daughter's house
Julie Conn's daughter, Emily's house
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