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Community Events

Support group for women with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome (21+)

Saturday, June 7

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This group meets on the 1st Saturday of each month


4345 Meigs Ave.

 Waterford, MI 48329 

This group is free of charge.

For more information or to register, please contact
Bonny Pomeroy 

248-881-5236 or bonnypomeroy@gmail.com


NEW - Men with Asperger's Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism Support Group (21+)

Saturday, May 17

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

This group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month


4345 Meigs Ave.

Waterford, MI 48329

This group is free of charge.

For more information or to register, please contact
Bonny Pomeroy 

248-881-5236 or bonnypomeroy@gmail.com 


Avondale Skill Activity Nights

(18-40 year olds) 

Friday, May 30

 7-9:30 p.m.

Avondale Meadows Building

1435 W. Auburn Road

Rochester Hills, MI

Admission:  2-liter pop or snacks to share

Last name A - L please bring snack

Last name M- Z please bring pop

No peanut products please.

For more information



Sensory Friendly Film - "Maleficent"

Saturday, May 31

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

AMC Theaters:

AMC Forum 30 

44681 Mound Rd

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

AMC Gratiot 21 

35705 South Gratiot Ave.

Clinton Twp., MI 48035

AMC Livonia 20 

19500 Haggerty Rd.

Livonia, MI 48152


Friendship Club Autism Social

Saturday, May 31

7- 11 p.m.

St. Anastasia Activity Center 4571 John R Rd

Troy, MI 48085 



 Rethinking Guardianship-

Facilitating Life-long Self- Determination 

 with Dohn Hoyle, executive director of Arc Michigan

Wednesday, May 14

5:30-8:30 p.m.

2/42 Community Center

7526 West Grand River Ave.

Brighton, MI 48114



GMOA logo
Welcome to the May issue of the Getting My Own Address e-newsletter!  Each e-newsletter will bring you information and resources related to exploring, learning about, and creating successful long-term housing plans for individuals with disabilities, no matter what level or type of support they require to move into their own home.  This is for you - so please let us know if there is something you want to know more about!  GMOA@chninc.net

Upcoming GMOA Support Groups


Milford meetings are scheduled the second Thursday of each month from September through June, unless cancelled due to weather or school vacations.  


Time: 6-8 p.m.


Location: Milford High School

Conference Room 408

2380 S. Milford Road

Highland, Michigan 48357


We will observe summer break from June - August

The Milford Support Group will resume in September 2014.


Troy meetings are scheduled the third Tuesday of each month from September through June unless cancelled due to weather or holiday.


Time: 6-8 p.m.


Location: Community Housing Network Inc.

570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231

Troy, Michigan 48084


Future scheduled Troy meetings:

  • May 20 - "Understanding Leases" will be presented by Kelly Bidelman, Managing Attorney Oakland/Macomb Staff Offices Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc. Come learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and landlord; what are considered reasonable accommodations and modifications; and the new policy issued by Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that affects leases and living arrangements for individuals receiving Home and Community Based
    Medicare Waivers. 
  • June 17 - "Fair Housing" will be presented by Chuck Bratton, Housing Resource Manager, Community Housing Network Inc..
GMOA presentations
We are beginning to schedule Getting My Own Address (GMOA) Overview presentations for fall 2014.

Please contact Linda Brown at CHN for more information at: 248-269-1346 or lbrown@chninc.net.  

CMS issues final rule on the use of Medicaid waivers in Home and Community-based Services


What is a Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver?


HCBS Medicaid waivers allow eligible adults with disabilities who meet income and asset criteria to receive Medicaid-covered services, like those provided by nursing homes, in their own home or another residential setting that is integrated in the community.  

One of the things the HCBS Medicaid waiver pays for is direct support for people with disabilities throughout the country in thousands of housing settings to provide "home and community-based" living. Some of these settings are apartments or houses that are rented or owned by the person with a disability and the paid support visits to assist with daily living activities.


Stakeholder input on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) definition of home and community-based settings have resulted in moving away from "what they are not" toward defining settings by the nature and quality of the individuals' experience - an outcome-based approach.

Some of the settings that have been receiving Medicaid Home and Community-based services are using these resources in places that are not part of the larger community. These facilities have standardized systems to deliver support and are functionally, segregated, institutional living.  

CMS issued the final rule in January, 2014, requiring that all home and community-based settings meet certain qualifications including: 

  • The setting is integrated in and supports full access to the greater community;
  • Is selected by the individual from among setting options;
  • Ensures individual rights of privacy, dignity and respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint;
  • Optimized autonomy and independence in making life choices; and
  • Facilitates choice regarding services and who provides them.

There are additional requirements for home and community-based residential settings that are owned or controlled by the direct care provider:

  • The individual has a lease or other legally enforceable agreement providing similar protections;
  • The individual has privacy in their unit including lockable doors, choice of roommates and freedom to furnish or decorate the unit;
  • The individual controls his/her own schedule including access to food at any time;
  • The individual can have visitors at any time; and
  • The setting is physically accessible.

The new rule also states that individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid home and community-based services must do so through a person-centered planning process.  Michigan already requires the use of person-centered planning when accessing community mental health services.


For additional provisions, including timelines, of the Final Rule please see CMS 2249-F/2296-F.

  With support from:

Community Housing Network | 248-928-0111 | jkorte@chninc.net | http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084


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