Easter Seals Michigan

Vol. 2, 2011


News from Adult Services
espite the challenges that are facing our state and local government economically and socially, I have been pleasantly surprised and proud of the persistence of the Adult Services Supported Employment Program. A few years ago, Easter Seals took the initiative and was awarded a grant to implement the Dartmouth Supported Employment Model. From numerous consumer surveys, we Juliana Stitz, director discovered that housing, employment and of Adult Services transportation are the most important quality of life indicators to the people we serve. Unfortunately, in our current economic environment, all three of those areas are dwindling. It is not surprising that we find more people in need, requiring assistance to find and manage resources. While the employment program presented several start-up obstacles, the diligence of the two and a half member team remained positive, pressing forward in their mission for success. Not even Michigan’s present unemployment rate of 10%, which is still higher than the national average, could discourage them. Instead of falling into complacency, using the excuse that jobs are hard to find, our team chose a different approach…one of action and professional growth. In the fall of 2010, we expanded the supported employment team to four specialists with a half-time team lead. We also invested in one-on-one job development training from Easter Seals National, which included practical, hands-on-experience in cold calling, approaching potential employers, fundamentals in job development and person centered vocational assessment. Our brochures and materials, used as tools for outreach to potential employers, were revamped with the assistance of the marketing team. As a result of the added focus, including the team’s dedication and competency, the recent outcomes and achievements are impressive.


Since October, the team has successfully employed 23 individuals. This number represents hope for many people with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders who believe that it is impossible to find meaningful work. We are optimistic that all Easter Seals’ employees will assist us in sustaining our goals of employment for all by providing the supported employment team with any leads on potential employers and jobs. We all can be part of the solution in changing lives.

Employed Individuals


New Board Members
aster Seals Michigan has appointed two new members to its board of directors. Henry Ford Health System Director of Operational Analytics, Julia Swanson, and mBank Vice President and Commercial Bank Officer David Leslie, recently joined the board responsible for governing and upholding the nonprofit agency’s mission to serve people with disabilities. “David and Julia’s leadership qualities are a tremendous asset to our board,” says Easter Seals Michigan President and CEO Brent Wirth. “Their commitment to the community and to the people who look to Easter Seals for support is exactly what we need to sustain our position as a leader in behavioral health and disability services.” In addition to attending requisite meetings, Easter Seals Michigan board members’ duties include participating in strategic planning and policy decisions, securing financial resources and monitoring program outcomes and operations. Leslie and Swanson’s three-year term on the Easter Seals’ board is up for renewal in October 2013.
David Leslie


Julia Swanson

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Cadillac CTS and $50,000 Raffle Suburban Cadillac of Troy
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Walk with Me Detroit Detroit - Rivard Plaza

September 11, 2011

Inside this Issue
Trauma-Impact Practices Employee Perspective Award Recaps Autism Awareness Charitable Giving Car Raffle

For more information, call 1 (800) 75-SEALS or visit www.essmichigan.org


SAMHSA Chooses Easter Seals for Trauma-Related Learning Community
Easter Seals Michigan (ESM) is one of 21 organizations nationwide chosen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the 2011 Inaugural Class of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Adoption of Trauma-Informed Practices Learning Community. The group, which convened for the first time in San Diego on May 5th, has been formed to address the urgent need for a systemic protocol that ensures all people who come into contact with the behavioral health system receive services sensitive to trauma impact. “This is a great honor for the entire Easter Seals team and a great testament to the extraordinary behavioral health services we provide for people living with mental illness and their families,” says ESM President and CEO Brent Wirth. “A good example of our commitment to further advances in trauma-informed practices is the fully integrated, holistic approach to trauma-related services that we recently added to our new operative strategic plan.” Easter Seals offers a comprehensive array of behavioral services to help adults and children achieve their personal goals. These services include using proven treatment methods, called evidencebased practices that are facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team of licensed and/or behavioral health professionals, including psychiatrists, therapists, case managers and clinicians. All 21 organizations selected to participate in the learning community will be provided with off-site information exchange opportunities, as well as receive technical assistance and consultation to develop and implement an action plan to create and sustain trauma-informed practices.

tube and a feeding tube. We have been working with her daughter for over a year now in speech therapy and have started to see such an improvement with her words and word formation. I overheard the mother say this, “My daughter came home from school today with her first ever birthday party invitation. I broke down in tears, because she had never been included before.” As I sat at my desk, wiping away my tears, I thought of my own children and the numerous invitations that they had received throughout their years growing up; everyday life occurrences that we don’t even think about. We take so much for granted. It’s these types of stories that make me love my job more and more and really appreciate our donors, because without you, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you.

Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse Recognized by SAMHSA
Dreams Clubhouse, which is part of the International Center of Clubhouse Development (ICCD) has been accepted for inclusion on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Practices (EBP) and Programs (NREPP). “We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognized by SAMHSA,” says Easter Seals’ Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse Manager Joyce Rupp. “We’ve always known that lives are changed by Dreams’ services, having other people believe in us as well is fantastic.” Advantages of being identified as an EBP include: 1. Identifying interventions based on research studies rather than subjective interpretations 2. EBP’s receive support from research that includes evidence from multiple studies 3. Allowing funders to direct limited resources to programs and areas where they will have the greatest impact 4. Many EBP’s have manuals and guidelines to assist with model implementation and fidelity.

Employee Perspective
Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again.—Alex Tan I’ve always loved that quote and believe it to be a true statement. The other night, I was sitting at my computer working, when a mother and her daughter came into the center for therapy. Her daughter is 7-years-old and has Down syndrome, a tracheal

Denise Durkee,
director of West Michigan Therapy Services


2387 E. Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Ph: (248) 475-6400 1 (800) 75-SEALS toll free Fax: (248) 475-6402
Flint/Genesee County


Family Services - North 2387 E. Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Phone: (248) 475-6300 1 (866) 99-CHILD toll free Fax: (248) 475-6370 Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse 1222 Catalpa Dr. Royal Oak, MI 48067 Phone: (248) 544-2034 1 (866) 296-3635 toll free Fax: (248) 544-2152

Adult Services 22170 W. Nine Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48033 Phone: (248) 372-6800 1 (800) 395-9819 toll free Fax: (248) 355-1402 Family Services - South 17117 W. Nine Mile Rd., Suite 220 Southfield, MI 48075 Phone: (248) 483-7804 1 (866) 99-CHILD toll free Fax: (248) 483-7868


101 Best & Brightest
Easter Seals’ West Michigan regional office has been selected for the fifth year in a row as a 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. This prestigious honor, sponsored Easter Seals Michigan staff and Board Chairperson Jackie Dangl attended the annually by the Michigan Business 101 Best & Brightest award’s ceremony. Professional Association, was presented to the nonprofit agency during an awards ceremony on May 5, 2011, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. “I am continually impressed with the efforts and dedication of our West Michigan staff,” says Easter Seals Michigan President and CEO Brent Wirth. “This recognition certainly has a direct correlation of their competencies and commitment to create a positive and productive work environment.” The 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For competition provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. It is also designed to enhance best workplace practices, develop robust mechanisms for community organizations and corporations to train future industry leaders and to engage the workforce.

“I was so honored to receive the Director’s Award, especially when I read that the award was given to someone who inspires others to strive to be their best,” explains Sherry. “Two years ago, I found myself at a crisis-point, a real low, as a result of my mental illness. I was hospitalized and got hooked up with Easter Seals’ clinical services and Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse. With the help of the Clubhouse staff and members, I reclaimed my recovery.” Teenagers Joshaunna and Kayla, both nominated by Easter Seals, were the only two recipients of the 2011 OCCMHA Rights and Advocacy Award. The girls were nominated by Easter Seals’ Family Services, a comprehensive, evidence-based behavioral health program benefitting families with children from birth through 18 years of age.

Mom Promotes Autism Awareness
“I really went through a grieving process and then I had to let go of the anger, fear and worry and just move on,” says Clarkston resident Melissa Rohn about her four-year-old Caden & Lukas son Lukas’ autism diagnosis last year. Lukas represents the one in 110 children born with autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It’s defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and in varying degrees. “I was very much in denial,” remembers Rohn. “Lukas is hypersensitive to touch and had difficulty sleeping. At six-months-old he refused to eat anything except oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, and breast milk for eight months.” In March of 2010, test results revealed that Lukas had mild autism with hyperlexic features -- a fascination with printed words and letters. Rohn’s pediatrician immediately referred her to Easter Seals Michigan and the Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (P.L.A.Y.) Project. “P.L.A.Y. is really pulling Lukas up the social ladder, creating a solid foundation for him to grow on,” added Rohn.

2011 OCCMHA Award Winners
Three Easter Seals Michigan nominees were honored during the 2011 Oakland County Community Health Authority (OCCMHA) Achievement Award presentation this past April. Sherry Gerbi received the Director’s Award and Joshaunna B. and Kayla S. were given the Rights & Advocacy Award. The OCCMHA awards were created to highlight and show appreciation for individuals receiving behavioral health services who also take steps to reduce mental health stigma, help others and make the community a better place to Sherry Gerbi Kayla S. Joshaunna B. live and work.

Collaborative Solutions 269 Summit Drive Waterford, MI 48328 Phone: (248) 706-3450 1 (866) 212-4389 toll free Fax: (248) 706-3455 Centro Latino 269 Summit Dr. Waterford, MI 48328 Phone: (248) 681-1940 1 (866) 933-4611 toll free Fax: (248) 706-3455


Flint Therapy Center 1420 W. University Ave. Flint, MI 48504-4897 Phone: (810) 238-0475 1 (877) 238-0472 toll free Fax: (810) 238-9270

West Michigan Therapy Center 4065 Saladin Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone: (616) 942-2081 Fax: (616) 942-5932

Easter Seals is accredited by CARF

Easter Seals Michigan’s Oakland County Mental Health Programs are primarily funded by Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority.

“Easter Seals Michigan (ES MI) voluntarily complies with the applicable provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. ES MI has a separately established Board Audit Committee to oversee the integrity of our annual independent audit. This committee operates separately from the Finance Committee of the Board. To receive a copy of the annual audit, Audit Committee member qualifications, or our Form 990, please submit a written request to the CEO at 2387 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326. The Board of Directors review and approve Board and Staff Code of Ethics policies annually and they are also available by written request.”



Art Van Grant
Easter Seals Michigan is the recent recipient of a $10,000 grant provided by the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge. Easter Seals received the award at a reception held by Art Van Furniture to recognize its mission to serve and support people with disabilities or special needs and their families so they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities.

CADILLAC CTS & $50,000 RAFFLE •JULY 23, 2011
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L to R: Gary Van Elslander, Art Van president; Brent Wirth, Easter Seals Michigan president and CEO, and Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture

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“The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge will help deserving organizations continue their outstanding work and improve the lives of people across our state,” said Art Van Elslander, Founder and Chairman of Art Van Furniture. Art Van Furniture is supporting Michigan-based children, health and human services programs for the second year in a row by providing $1 million to fund 50 grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Nearly 600 organizations applied to receive these grants.

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CENTURY 21 Town & Country Named #1
CENTURY 21® Real Estate LLC, the world’s largest residential real estate franchisor, has named CENTURY 21 Town & Country as the number one 2010 national fundraiser for Easter Seals within the CENTURY 21® Real Estate System. CENTURY 21 Town & Country captured the top fundraising spot with its highly successful national car raffle campaign. In 2010, the local real estate company raised $526,686 for Easter Seals Michigan, bringing its cumulative total benefitting the nonprofit agency to more than $11 million. “As Easter Seals Michigan’s largest corporate sponsor, CENTURY 21 Town & Country is leading the way in providing funding for valuable evidenced-based therapy programs,” explains Easter Seals Michigan President and CEO Brent Wirth. “Their support is helping us change lives, strengthen families and ensure that people living with disabilities succeed.”

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Jackie Dangl Chairperson David Benoit Vice Chairperson John Collison Joe Plajstek
Secretary Second Vice Chairperson

John R. Kersten, president of CENTURY 21 Town & Country, presents Denise Charneski, with her winnings from the May 7th car and cash raffle.

Raffle # C25132

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Adult Services
Health Workshops
• The Effects of Prescription Drugs • The Effects of Marijuana • The Effects of Alcohol • The Effects of Methamphetamine • The Effects of Club Drugs • The Effects of Inhalants June 16

Spring Appeal
July 21st August 18th September 15th October 20th November 17

Please give to Easter Seals Michigan during its spring appeal campaign, so that we can continue to be a trusted friend to those in need. Together, we can change the lives of people who are living with disabilities.

11:30 a.m. - Building 22150 Conference Room. Please r.s.v.p. to Chris Subotich at (248) 372-6824.

Easter Seals Michigan has launched its “Walkway of Champions” campaign, selling personalized bricks to be used on a newly designed path located at the Roger and Doris McCarville Family Center entrance in Auburn Hills. The bricks can be purchased as gifts for physical, speech and occupational therapists; behavioral healthcare clinicians; community volunteers and advocates; families whose loved ones are living with a disability or other special needs; corporate sponsorships; and in memory of a person who either lived with a disability or was a champion for people with disabilities. Champion brick sales began on March 1st and will conclude on September 11th at Walk With Me (WWM) Detroit. The bricks will also be available by phone and at WWM Grand Rapids on June 15th. Six-by-nine bricks are $75 each; Nine-by-nine bricks cost $150 each. For more information about purchasing a brick, please visit www.essmichigan.org or call (248) 475-6400.

Walkway of Champions Campaign

Consumer Advisory Council
2nd Friday of each month at 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Effective June 10th. Building 22150 Conference Room

Family Services
Family Fun Nights June 8th
Collaborative Solutions 269 Summit Place Dr., Waterford 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sign up through your case manager or clinician

Parent Advisory Council 6 - 8 p.m. Mondays,

July meeting is subject to change, please contact (248) 475-6330 to confirm or if you have questions.

June 20th July 18th August 15th

Kroger Float Days are Back

Teen Advisory Council 5:30 - 7 p.m., Tuesdays

June 7th and 21st July 5th and 19th August 2nd, 16th and 30th

Reservations required at (248) 475-6330. Locations rotate between Family Service’s Auburn Hills and Southfield locations.


From Sunday, July 17th through Saturday, August 13th, Kroger grocery stores across the state will be selling A&W Root Beer floats for $1 to benefit Easter Seals Michigan. In the past seven years, float sales have raised more than $400,000 to support programs that empower people with disabilities or special needs to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Visit your local Kroger store this summer for details. Volunteers can contact Dallas Pourchez at (248) 475-6411 or dpourchez@essmichigan.org.

Individual Donors Empowerment Level
Mr. David Benoit^ Thomas R. Mazza

Opportunity Level
Mrs. June M. Butler Ronald L. Spitzley Living Trust Jim and Lee Uhlig^

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Diane Austin* Richard A. Austin Gail Babb* Spence Babcock Ilene Beers Mindy Biglin* Paul and Kathi Black^ Raymond and Corri Card^ Dr. Nicanor Castedo* Mrs. Gail Costello Ms. Marjorie A. Cramer Laura Covintree and Scott Orme* Wayne Damron Jaqueline and Bill Dangl^ Denise Durkee* Fred L. Gibson

Michael Graham Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Jennifer Hagedon* Kirke Harris Mr. Brian Hengesbach Laura and Bob Hires Richard Hollis* Jacqueline Hooper* Toby L. Horner Clarissa Hulleza* Doulgas Iseler Ms. Judy M. Judd Mr. and Mrs. John and Elizabeth Kersten^ Joseph Kolly Mark Kurzawa Glen Langston David W. leslie^ Gary Mannke Dale Martin Peter McElroy^ Terry and Tami McLaughlin* Frank Mervyn Richard and Kathie Miller Ms. Elsie A. Mistopolous William J. Mitchell Jeanne E. Mondou Valissa and Patrick Naganashe

Ms. Mary L. Newell Sam Pizzo RJ Schodowski* Bruce Schuman Ralph Sirek Glenn R. Smith Earl Snow Ms. Wendy Standifer* Kristi Stuetzer^ Juliana Stitz* Susan Styf* Crystal J. Subotich* Dr. K.G. Surendran-Nair* Julia Swanson^ Mr. Donald Underhill Ms. Marian Ward Jeffrey Wickens Brent and Shana Wirth* Stephanie Wolf Hull* Susan Woodrow Gregory Wronkowicz
* employee ^ board member

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Amway Art Van Furniture, Inc. Samuel L. Westerman Foundation

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RDM Associates

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DTE Energy McGraw Wentworth Mark A. Young Jewelers Advanced Care Pharmacy Services Best Buy Co., Inc. ESA Foundation Fidelity Bank Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC UHY LLP Interior Partnership Group Mass Mutual Rochelle & Randolph Forester Foundation Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights The Kiwanis of Sterling Heights High Noon NBS Nelsons Speed Shop

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Corporate & Foundation Donors Additional Contributions
PCE Systems

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• Event Recap • Car and $50,000 Raffle • Upcoming Workshops

SAVE THE DATE! Easter Seals Walk With Me Detroit

September 11th
Rivard - Plaza, Detroit, MI Contact Dallas Pourchez 248-475-6411 Or visit www.walkwithme.org/detroit for team or sponsor information!!