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Acronym Listing of Livingston County
Descriptions of acronyms commonly used within agencies and services in Livingston County.
Acronym Listing of Livingston County

Child Care Subsidies Program
For many families, the cost of safe, quality child care is a major strain on the budget. DHS' Child Development and Care Program may provide payment for child care services for qualifying families when the parent, legal guardian or substitute parent is unavailable to provide the child care.,1607,7-124-5453_5529---,00.html

Child Care Professional Development
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project is an umbrella for scholarship programs providing educational opportunities to directors, teachers and family child care providers in early care and education programs.

Early Childhood Conferences
The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children has a listing of professional development opportunities at conferences and workshops.

Child Care Licensing
State of Michigan Child Care Licensing
Information for parents and providers about Michigan’s child care licensing rules and regulations. Child care licensing includes regulates child care centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes.,1607,7-124-5455_49572---,00.html

Head Start/Early Head Start
Michigan Head Start Association
Head Start -- Early Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program that mobilizes community resources to benefit low-income, preschool children between the ages of birth and five. Information for both parents and Head Start program staff including resources and a search for programs in Michigan, is found on this site.

Early On
Early On specializes in evaluating and treating children that are not developing at the same rate as other children. This can include physical, mental, social or emotional development.,1607,7-140-6530_6809-127141--,00.html

Early Childhood Special Education
Each Intermediate School District (ISD) in Michigan provides special education and related services to children, from birth through age five, who meet eligibility requirements for special education.,1607,7-140-6530_6809-127146--,00.html

Great Start Readiness Program The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), previously known as Michigan School Readiness Program provides funding for school districts and communities to provide preschool programs for four-year-old children who may be "at risk" of school failure.,1607,7-140-6530_6809_50451---,00.html

Asthma: is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. In Michigan, asthma accounts for almost 10% of all hospitalizations in children. This webpage provides a clearinghouse of asthma information.,1607,7-132-2940_2955_48758---,00.html

Childhood Lead Poisoning: Prevention Program (CLPPP): coordinates lead poisoning prevention and surveillance services for children. Includes identification of children who are lead-poisoned, case management and follow-up, public education and community coalition-building. For more information please call (517) 335-8885,1607,7-132-2942_4911_4913---,00.html

Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS): provides support for children with special health care needs and their families by paying specialty medical bills, coordinating services from multiple providers, coordinating health insurance benefits, leaning about specialty providers and covering co-pays or deductibles. If your child with special needs has not seen a specialist or you have questions please contact your local CSHCS Office or call the CSHCS Family Phone Line at: 1-800-359-3722,1607,7-132-2942_4911_35698-15087--,00.html

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT): A primary goal of EPSDT services is early identification and treatment of child health problems. In addition, EPSDT/well child check ups allows doctors to assess parenting practices and to provide parents with information regarding basic child development, parenting skills and safety practices. Early Hearing, Detection and Intervention (EHDI): is a program of screening, identification and intervention for newborns with congenital hearing loss.,1607,7-132-2942_4911_21429---,00.html

Family Health Programs,1607,7-132-2942_4911_4912---,00.html

Family Planning Program: The Family Planning Program offers comprehensive reproductive health care and makes available a broad range of contraceptive services through a provider network.,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912_6216---,00.html

Family Support Subsidy Program (FSS): FSS provides financial assistance to families that include a child with severe developmental disabilities. This program provides a monthly payment of $222.11 which families utilize for special expenses incurred while caring for their child and it helps enable children with developmental disabilities to remain with or return to their birth or adoptive families.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-14670--,00.html

Health Education Programs:
  1. Child Passenger Safety: A number of initiatives in Michigan promotes child passenger safety to ensure all children are properly restrained in the correct restraint system for their age and size each time they travel in a motor vehicle including, the Booster Seat Campaign, MI Child Passenger Safety Coalition, Community Booster Seat Interventions and the Child Passenger Safety Certification Training.,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22774---,00.html

  2. Safe Kids Michigan: A network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury which is the leading cause of death and injury for children.

  3. SIDS: (Infant Safe Sleep Report) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby who is less than one year old. The SIDS Program reduces infant mortality through education about the risks for SIDS and provides grief support for those affected by an infant death as well as to promote an optimal outcome for the next pregnancy.,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912-12613--,00.html

    (Infant Safe Sleep Report),5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912-12613--,00.html

Healthy Babies & Folic Acid:

Immunizations: Childhood immunization is the process by which children are rendered immune or resistant to a specific disease. Childhood immunizations provide protection against: Diphtheria, Haemophilus influenza type B, Hepatits A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis (whooping cough), Pneumococcal disease, Polio, Rubella, Rotavirus, Tetanus and Varicella (chickenpox). Although some of these preventable diseases are uncommon in the United States we believe that children should be vaccinated because 1) these diseases still exist in the world, and your child could come in contact with them through people moving to your community or people who have traveled to other parts of the world; 2) these diseases can cause severe illness in some children, and 3) if infected with a disease, your child could pass it on to others, which could cause them serious illness as well.,1607,7-132-2942_4911_4914---,00.html

Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP): provides specialized preventive and health support services to pregnant women and infant Medicaid beneficiaries to help reduce infant deaths and illnesses. Contact information for MIHP coordinators:

Medicaid - Healthy Kids: is a health and dental care program providing a wide range of healthcare coverage and support services for qualifying pregnant women, babies and children under age 19 with no monthly premiums. HMOs throughout Michigan provide Healthy Kids services. Call toll-free: 1-888-988-6300 for more information.,5885,7-339-71547_2943_4845-17752--,00.html,5885,7-339-71547_2943-320219--,00.html (On-line application for Healthy Kids)

(Free Health Checkups - If you or your children are under age 21 and have Medicaid, it may be time for a health check-up).

Medical Homes in Michigan for Children with Special Needs

MI-CHILD: is a health insurance program for uninsured children. To enroll in this program, children must meet certain requirements such as being 200% or more below the federal poverty guidelines and not have any comprehensive health insurance. If a child qualifies, the family pays a monthly premium of $10.00 (regardless of the number of children that qualify). MI-CHILD services are provided by many HMOs and other health care plans throughout Michigan. Call toll-free for more information on: 1-888-988-6300
english_5_65774_7.03_pms539.pdf,5885,7-339-71547_2943_4845_4931-12461--,00.html (On-line application for MI-CHILD)

Maternal Outpatient Medical Services (MOMS): The MOMS program covers outpatient pregnancy-related services during the prenatal and postpartum period for eligible beneficiaries, as well as inpatient delivery related services with no monthly premiums or co-payments. Note, to be considered for the MOMS program, you must apply with the assistance of a Qualified Agency. If you are not applying from a Qualified Agency, such as a local health department, Healthy Kids for Pregnant Women covers prenatal care.

Nurse Family Partnership Programs: targets first-time, low-income mothers during early pregnancy through age 2 (families must enroll in early pregnancy). Home visits occurring weekly to monthly are conducted by public health nurses for approximately 3 years.,1607,7-132-8347-82176--,00.html


Oral Health: develops, implements and evaluates oral health programs to improve dental access.,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912_6226---,00.html

Prenatal Care Outreach and Support Services include three components:

  1. Prenatal care outreach and advocacy services provided at the grassroots level to facilitate access to prenatal care.

  2. Medicaid outreach and advocacy services for local health departments and community agencies to locate and assist in the enrolment of women and children in Medicaid programs and services.

  3. Maternal and Infant Health Advocacy Services designed to outreach to high risk pregnant women who are not in care to assist them in handling barriers for remaining in prenatal care and assure health care for their infants.

Prenatal Smoking Cessation (PSC) Program trains and supports prenatal care providers and staff to reduce smoking in pregnant women. The PSC intervention model ‘Smoke Free for Baby and Me’ program provides strong, consistent intervention messages to help the mother quit smoking.,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912-12609--,00.html

Child and Adolescent Health Centers,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912_44686---,00.html

Substance Abuse Treatment for Pregnant Women: Specialty programs for pregnant women and women with children are available to provide gender specific substance abuse treatment and other therapeutic interventions for women and their children, as well as arrange for primary medical care, child care and transportation. Prevention services are available statewide for families.,1607,7-132-2941_4871_4877---,00.html

Vision Screening: screens preschool and school-aged children for vision impairment and provides referral and follow-up.,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4912_6238_76134---,00.html

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program: provides statewide services to pregnant and postpartum women including nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, healthy food and referrals to health and social services. WIC participants receive food coupons for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter or dried beans or peas, and fruit or vegetable juices.,1607,7-132-2942_4910_6329---,00.html
WIC Agency contact list:,1607,7-132-2942_4910_4920-14165--,00.html

Children’s Mental Health Block Grant Funded Programs (Wrap-Around, Parenting Education, Family Therapy, Life Skills): These programs, through individual block grant contracts with community mental health service programs are used primarily to support wraparound, juvenile justice screening, assessment and diversion services and other services that help to build the system of care for children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-14671--,00.html

Children’s Waiver Program (CWP): The Children’s Waiver Program (CWP) is a federal entitlement program that provides Medicaid funded home and community-based services to children (under age 18) who are eligible for, and at risk of, placement into an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR). Please contact your local Community Mental Health Services Program for more information regarding eligibility or applications or call (517) 241-5757.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-14669--,00.html

Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Waiver (SEDW):The Children’s SEDW provides services that are enhancements or additions to the Medicaid State Plan coverage for children up to age 18 with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED), who are enrolled in the SEDW. The Children with SEDW is a fee-for-service program administered by the Community Mental Health Services Programs in partnership with other community agencies.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-168285--,00.html

Developmental Disabilities Services Programs:

  1. Local Mental Health Services: Mental health services in Michigan are coordinated through local Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs). Contact information for local CMHSPs -

  2. State operated center for people who have a developmental disability: Mt Pleasant Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Michigan. Admission to the center is only considered when all local resources and less restrictive residential or treatment options have been thoroughly explored and are not available.,1607,7-277-57738_57679_57726-250767--,00.html

  3. Self-Determination Initiative: Self-determination incorporates the core belief that people who require support from the public mental health system as a result of a disability should be able to define what they need, have the opportunity to control a fixed sum of dollars and use these resources to determine which services and supports they will purchase from whom and under what circumstances.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_4897-14782--,00.html

Early On (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is a system designed to coordinate early intervention and other services for families who have infants and toddlers (0 -36 months) experiencing developmental delays or who have disabilities or special needs.,4615,7-140-43092-127141--,00.html

Home-based Mental Health Services: Michigan's home-based family service philosophy promotes delivery of services to families in their homes in order to achieve permanence for children, while maintaining and strengthening the family integrity.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-14675--,00.html

Infant-Mental Health Services: Infant Mental Health Services provide home-based parent-infant support and intervention services to families. These services reduce the incidence and prevalence of child abuse, neglect, developmental delay, behavioral and emotional disorder.,1607,7-132-2941_4868_7145-14659--,00.html

Social-Emotional Development: Information to help families and practitioners who work with young children from birth to age five understand the importance of social and emotional well-being and development.
Insert Social Emotional Committee Booklet,4612,7-132-2941_4868_7145_64838---,00.html


1425 West Grand River Ave. - Howell, MI 48843 - Phone-(517) 540-6829