Health Care. Nutrition Care. Mental Health Care.

Where’s The Money?

  • $30 million from the State of Michigan for resident water bill credits.
    • The credit will cover Flint residents for the water they use for drinking, cooking, and bathing until the water is safe to drink.
    • The percentage credit for residential customers will be 65% and a 20% credit for commercial – This percentage of water covers drinking, cooking and bathing.
    • The City is in the process of administering the State appropriation for Water Bill relief. As of Monday, 4/18/2016, the City has applied approximately $29 million in credits to customer accounts for the period April 2014-March 2016.  Reimbursement from the State will be made after the City’s auditors have tested and confirmed the results of the program.  The remaining two months of water usage covered under the appropriation (March use billed April and April use billed May) will be distributed after monthly billing occurs.
  • $2 million refunded to the City from the payment it made to reconnect to the Detroit Water System.

MAYOR’S OPEN OFFICE DATES FOR 2017

  • JANUARY 4, 2017
  • JANUARY 18, 2017
  • FEBRUARY 1, 2017
  • FEBRUARY 15, 2017
  • MARCH 1, 2017
  • MARCH 15, 2017
  • APRIL 5, 2017
  • APRIL 19, 2017
  • MAY 3, 2017
  • MAY 17, 2017
  • JUNE 7, 2017
  • JUNE 21, 2017
  • JULY 5, 2017
  • JULY 19, 2017
  • AUGUST 2, 2017
  • AUGUST 16, 2017
  • SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
  • SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
  • OCTOBER 4, 2017
  • OCTOBER 18, 2017
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2017
  • NOVEMBER 15, 2017
  • DECEMBER 6, 2017
  • DECEMBER 20, 2017

 The City suggests a call to 810-766-7346 on Tuesday, is recommended to confirm that Open Office has not been cancelled.

Click here to learn more about the federal response. 

October 2016 – Flint Water Response Action Update

Access to Food and Water Resources

Purchase of Water Resources | Total Spent: $7,783,130

MDHHS has purchased 206,418 filter systems, 250,365 replacement filters, and 127,680 cases of water since October 1st, 2015.

Food Safety Inspections | Total Allocated: $500,000

MDHHS has partnered with the Genesee County Health Department to provide additional food service establishment inspections to assess compliance of water requirements. To date, 249 compliance checks have been conducted.

Food Bank Resources | Total Allocated: $2,047,200

MDHHS has partnered with the Food Bank of Michigan to deliver fresh produce, eggs and dairy products to Flint Residents with no income requirements. To date, 2,018,279 million pounds of food have been delivered to 95,069 citizens of Flint.

Double Up Food Bucks | Total Allocated: $760,000

MDHHS and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, have expanded incentives to encourage greater consumption of fresh produce. At participating sites, any purchase or fruits, vegetables or milk with SNAP benefits, earns customers Double Up Food Bucks that can be spent on additional fresh produce. This has resulted in a 68 percent increase in Double Up redeemed and a 70 percent increase in new user sign-ups. Customers brought home $39,748 worth of additional fresh fruits and vegetables. The Double Up sites in Flint include:

  • Flint Farmers’ Market 300 East First St., Tues & Thurs 9am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm
  • Great Giant Supermarket 5204 Saginaw St., Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • Hutchinson Food and Drug 6509 N Saginaw St., Mon-Sat 9am-8pm,Sun 9am-6pm
  • Landmark Food Center 206 West Pierson Rd., Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • Landmark Food Center 4644 Fenton Rd., Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-7pm
  • The Local Grocer 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 10am-2pm

Physical and Social Healthcare Resources

Children’s Healthcare Access Project | Total Allocated: $575,000

MDHHS has partnered with the Greater Flint Health Coalition to assist children in establishing a primary care medical home and obtain timely and essential services. A total of 1,720 children have been seen since May of 2016.

Child and Adolescent Health Centers | Total Allocated: $1,522,400

MDHHS has partnered with Michigan Primary Care Association and University of Michigan to establish health centers inside of Flint community schools. Construction has started at Richfield Academy and two more schools are in the planning process.  MDHHS is actively working with the Flint community schools to establish more.

Pathways to Potential | Total Allocated: $1,020,000

MDHHS has partnered with Flint Community schools and to have a presence in every school to assist parents and children in removing barriers to success.  There are five outcome areas: attendance, education, health, safety and self-sufficiency. There are currently six workers placed in the schools, in addition to the schools where they already were located. The schools, all within the School District of the City of Flint, include:

Crisis Counseling | Total Allocated: $500,000

MDHHS has partnered with Genesee Health System to provide psychological first aid and crisis counseling to individuals or families. To date, 3,087 crisis counseling contacts have been made.

Nurse Case Management | Total Allocated: $966,300

MDHHS has partnered with the Genesee County Health Department and Greater Flint Health Coalition to provide nurse case management to children identified with elevated blood levels. To date, more than 100 children are receiving services. Nurse case management services connect residents with medical, educational, social and other services they may need.  A case manager meets with residents face-to-face to create a plan of care and help individuals get needed services offered in the community.

Nurse Family Partnership | Total Allocated: $500,000

MDHHS has partnered with the Hurley Medical Center to provide specialized home visiting services to low income, first time mothers enrolled before the third trimester. Highly trained nurses provide one-on-one home visits for the purposes of parent education and support, as well as provision of services to ensure a successful pregnancy, good birth outcomes, and ongoing child development. Nurses also ensure first time mothers are connected with appropriate resources, including health insurance and a medical home, among other supports and services.

Lead Investigation and Abatement | Total Allocated: $4,152,655

MDHHS has partnered with ETC Inc. and Southeastern Michigan Health Association to provide home lead investigations and abatement. To date, 145 homes have been investigated and 46 are in the abatement process.

Flint Medicaid Waiver | Total Allocated: $39,300,000

MDHHS has expanded Medicaid coverage to an estimated 15,000 newly eligible beneficiaries under the waiver. In addition, Family Supports Coordination (case management) services are being provided to new and current beneficiaries including performance of comprehensive assessments and development of individualized care plans, assessment of home environments; providing education and information regarding the potential impacts of lead exposure, early warning signs, lead hazards, and available community resources; ensuring access to resources and assistance in breaking down any barriers that may exist; and conducting appropriate monitoring and follow-up activities. As of today, there are 24,671 individuals enrolled in the waiver. This includes new enrollees since May 9 and those enrolled prior to that date who have been identified as residing or having resided on the Flint Water System. Since May 9, 6,910 individuals have applied for waiver coverage. While eligibility determinations are pending for the majority of these individuals, 2,444 people have been approved to date.

Community Engagement Initiatives

Legionella Prevention  

MDHHS partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Genesee County Health Department to develop a Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems toolkit for high risk facilities that was released as a national model in April of 2016.

Legionella Awareness and Response

MDHHS developed enhanced Legionella clinical management guidelines with Genesee County health care providers as well as frequently asked questions for Flint residents in partnership with the Genesee County Health Department and Wayne State University.  These materials are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Genesee County Health Department websites and were released in June of 2016.

Healthcare Provider Outreach

MDHHS is working in partnership with the Genesee County Medical Society to disseminate information to the healthcare community. As a result, we were able to identify dermatology specialists to assist with the rash investigation.

Underserved Populations Healthcare Assistance

MDHHS is utilizing the Nurse Professional Fund to place nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Flint with a focus on underserved populations, including the Spanish speaking community, the deaf community and the Brennan Senior Center. Most of the nurses and nursing students placed will be either bilingual or American Sign Language certified translators and will perform both clinical services and education and outreach.

Mental Health Awareness

Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid training is being offered to all community, church, parent, and social groups, free of charge, by Genesee Health System. This collaboration is working to identify mental health issues in the community, potentially as a result of the Flint Water Crisis.

Oral Health Support

MDHHS is working Delta Dental to provide children’s dental programs including a school-based fluoride rinse program and a fluoride varnish program for students attending Head Start programs in Genesee County.

Community Partner Collaboration

MDHHS is working with the Flint Cares community group and Mayor Karen Weaver to ensure community access to the Flint Medicaid Waiver and Family Supports Coordination.

Primary Care Provider Recruitment

MDHHS applied to the Health Resources and Services Administration to designate Flint as a Health Professional Shortage Area for Primary Care which was approved in September of 2016. This designation allows providers in Flint to take advantage of state and federal programs that incentivize the recruitment and retention of primary care providers.  HRSA also previously approved a Health Professional Shortage Area designation for Mental Health.

Improve Access to Resources for Latino Community

In addition to the work being done to serve all underserved populations, MDHHS specifically placed a bilingual staff member at Our Lady of Guadalupe to work with Latino population to ensure they are aware of the resources and services available to them.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

In September of 2016, MDHHS partnered with the Mass Transportation authority to begin to provide non-emergency medical transportation rides to wellness programs. This partnership includes same day service; connected trips (for example: riders will be able to go to doctors office; pharmacy; grocery store in one trip); dedicated staff to coordinate medical-related transportation; person-centered trip planning; and IT applications to improve customer’s experience. For the IT side of this partnership scheduling will occur online, through an application, or by phone. Customers will receive notification when their ride is on the way.

Michigan Works received funding to hire individuals to assist with the water crisis. More information on these jobs can be found under the Jobs section of this site or by visiting here: http://gstmiworks.org/job-seekers/resources/hotjobs/

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint stewards several funds related to the Flint Water Crisis, including the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, also known as flintkids.org. Since the Flint Kids Fund was established on January 11, 2016, over $18 million has been raised to support the long-term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead. Grants made in support of the Flint Water Crisis, from all water funds, total $5,283,429 million. Organizations receiving grants are listed below. To apply for a grant, call Sue Peters, Vice President Community Impact, at 810-767-8270. Learn more at www.cfgf.org.

  • Charles Stewart Mott Community College
  • Child Connect for Family Success
  • Crim Fitness Foundation
  • Edible Flint
  • Fair Food Network
  • Flint Public Library
  • Genesee Chamber Foundation
  • Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
  • Genesee County Health Department
  • Genesee Health System
  • Hurley Foundation
  • Michigan Breastfeeding Network
  • Michigan State University Extension Services
  • One Love Global, Inc.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • YMCA of Greater Flint

For more specific details on each of these grants click Flint Water Crisis Grants Distributed 2016 and 2017.

The United Way of Genesee County began accepting donations in late September 2015.  As of August 17, 2017 this fund has raised $4,049,249. This fund is set up for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention/intervention efforts. 100% of the fund is used for these projects and no Administrative Fee is assessed. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The United Way audit which documents, by independent auditors, the no administrative fee can be found here audit (page 8). Dollars used September – December 2015 (pre-declaration) Totaling $273,570:

  • The United Way directly purchased more than 11,000 filters systems and 5,000 replacement filters.
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for water purchases

Dollars used January – April 2017 totaling $3,736,714:

  • American Red Cross
  • Catholic Charities
  • Child Care Network
  • Church Without Walls
  • Communication Access Center (2 requests)
  • Community Resolution Center
  • Crim Fitness Foundation
  • Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (multiple gifts based on donor requests)
  • Flint Housing Commission (2 requests)
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (multiple requests)
  • Genesee County Catholic Schools
  • Genesee County Emergency Operations Center
  • Genesee County Health Department
  • Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative
  • Greater Flint Health Coalition
  • Genesee Intermediate School District (2 requests)
  • Mass Transportation Authority
  • Mt Carmel / Baptist State Convention
  • NOW Ministries
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Salvation Army
  • Second Chance Church (2 requests)
  • WOW Outreach
  • Greater Holy Temple (2 requests)
  • Universal Kidney Foundation
  • North Central Church of Christ (2 requests)
  • Genesee County Community Collaborative
  • Boys and Girls of Greater Flint
  • Veterans of Now (3 requests)
  • Fairhaven Church (2 requests)
  • Genesee Health Plan (2 requests)
  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (2 requests)
  • Latinos United for Flint
  • YWCA
  • Shelter of Flint
  • Fresh Flint Festival – First Presbyterian Church (2016 & 2017 fesitvals)
  • Flint First Church of the Brethren
  • Asbury Community Development Corporation
  • Joy Tabernacle / Flint Grassroots Initiative (2 requests)
  • Neighborhood Engagement Hub
  • Whaley Children’s Center
  • Help Centers by way of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
  • Old News Boys
  • Genesee County Habitat for Humanity
  • Shelter of Flint – Relocation assistance for Lakeside and Ballenger Manor Apartment residents
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • City of Flint – FACT Outreach Committee
  • GCCARD (water assistance payments)
  • Commodities
    • 100,000 bus passes for organizations within the Flint Recovery Group to distribute to individuals needing transportation to resources that help them work through the water crisis.
    • Babies wipes, adult wipes, ZeroWater pitchers, bottle openers, and hand sanitizer for organizations within Flint Recovery Group to distribute.
    • Hand warmers for volunteers
    • Lead exposure, prevention and intervention documents for Genesee County Health Department and Hurley Pediatric Clinic to disseminate to their clients
    • Medicaid enrollment education documents – English, Spanish, Arabic and ASL

There are countless individuals and organizations raising money for the Flint Water Crisis. If you are an organization and would like to share what you’ve raised and how you plan to spend it please contact jvenable@unitedwaygenesee.org to be added to the site. This is not a space to request donations, rather it’s an opportunity for transparency.

There are many people trying to make a profit on this crisis. Beware of individuals/ organizations try to sell a solutions. Please do your research before falling victim to a scam. During this crisis we have seen scams involving filtration systems, selling of water, medical cures, federal/state/local official impersonators, and fundraising schemes. Do not let anyone in your home that is not properly credentialed. Remember water and filters are free to all. Contact police if you feel you have been scammed or have identified a potential scam.

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