ASSOCIATION for the MACOMB-OAKLAND REGIONAL CENTER
P.O. Box 380710 Clinton Twp.,MI 48038-0070
When a first-time consumer with a developmental disability requires access to the system, Common Ground (call 248-456-8137 X2410) provides the initial screening. Common Ground will ask the following questions to assess eligibility requirements:
1. Self-care: Does the person have problems feeding or taking care of their personal needs without help most of the time?
2. Receptive/Expressive Language: Does the person have problems talking or communicating his/her needs to others or understanding what someone says most of the time?
3. Learning: Does the person have problems learning new skills or things most of the time?
4. Mobility: Does the person have a problem walking or getting around most of the time?
5. Self-Direction: Does the person have problems doing their daily routine without help most of the time?
6. Capacity for Independent Living:
Does the person have a problem staying under emotional or behavioral control most of the time?
Does the person have problems living on his/her own most of the time?
7. Economic Self-Sufficiency: Does the person have problems paying bills and managing money on his or her own?
(At least 3 of the 7 items must be answered yes to be considered eligible to receive
Developmentally Disable Supports and Services.)
The Crisis and Resource Hotline number you call for services is 1-800-231-1127. It is available 24/7.
IF YOU ARE A CAREGIVER THAT WISHES TO OPT OUT OF SEIU
Send a request to opt out - in writing - to the SEIU. Explain that you are a parent who cares for your adult son or daughter in your own home and that the union does not benefit you in any way. This is the way to withdraw from the Union and no longer have to pay dues or fees.
Send the letter to the attention of: Sandra McMillan
SEIU Healthcare Michigan
2604 Fourth Street
Detroit, MI 48201
If you want additional information, the local SEIU number is 313-655-7816.
On Tuesday, May 7 our guest speaker was Jerry Wolffe, an award-winning journalist, lecturer, columnist and civil rights advocate for people with disabilities.
Jerry spent 45 years as a journalist at Associated Press, United Press International and The Oakland Press, working in Detroit, Lansing, Chicago and Pontiac. His “Voices of Disability” column at The Oakland Press began in 1999 and has won some 20 journalism and community awards for excellence. Jerry recently joined MORC as MORC's Disability Rights Advocate. Jerry has agreed to be MORC's liaison to AMORC for future meetings.
Jerry Wolffe has set up a blog about disabilities and MORC, hosted by the Oakland Press. He will be writing regular pieces on the blog focused on disabilities issues and/or things going on at MORC. If you have any news to share or ideas for the blog, please call him at 586-2633-8950.
If you would like to check out the blog, you can click on the link