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MIALSH Obtains $1.25 Million

State General Fund Dollars

for Lead Hazard Control

Wesley Priem, Carin Speidel

Michigan Department of Community Health

Mary Sue Schottenfels

CLEARCorps Detroit


History of lead hazard control funding in michigan
History of Lead Hazard Control Funding In Michigan

  • Primary funding has been HUD Lead Hazard Control Grants since 1994 to Michigan and several major cities and counties

  • CDC funding for Case Management and Primary prevention to Michigan and Detroit

  • $ 5 million Clean Michigan Bond Fund (2000-2004)

  • $ 1 million per year Healthy Michigan Fund (2005-2009)


History of funding
History of Funding

  • Funding from EPA for Certification/Training/ Enforcement program

  • $100K per year from General Fund for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)

  • No dedicated funding to maintain either CLPPP or Healthy Homes Section


History of funding1
History of Funding

  • Due to pressure by lead advocates in 2003/2004, a Lead Poisoning Prevention Task Force was established to take a comprehensive approach to addressing lead prevention in Michigan

  • Commission established in state statue with sunset provision of 2007

  • Act renewed until July 1, 2010


Governor granholm lead poisoning prevention task force commission
Governor Granholm Lead Poisoning Prevention Task Force Commission

  • Task Force was successful in establishing 7 Priority Recommendations

  • Most of these recommendations were achieved

  • Expanding lead hazard control of homes through an on-going earmarked funding source was not!


Last meeting of lead poisoning prevention task force commission
Last Meeting of Lead Poisoning Prevention Task Force Commission

  • A few like-minded advocates sitting around a table at the final commission meeting decided that the effort needed to continue with or without legislation

  • We decided a permanent funding source for lead hazard control had to be achieved if lead poisoning would be eliminated in Michigan’s children


The following is a retrospective summary of how this group succeeded in obtaining the firstState General Fund dollars dedicated to lead hazard controlin Michigan


Ten steps to success
Ten Steps To Success succeeded in obtaining the first

1. Assembling Core Team

  • Defining the Issue

  • Focus on a Solution and Build Trust

  • Expand Constituents

    5. Identify Legislative Champions


Ten steps to success continued
Ten Steps To Success succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

  • Educate Key Policy Makers

  • Continue Education to Draw Awareness

  • Timing is Everything

  • Thank the Champions

  • Spend the Funds


Step one assembling core team
Step One: Assembling Core Team succeeded in obtaining the first

The small group established the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) to continue fighting for funding.


Step one assembling core team continued
Step One: Assembling Core Team succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

  • Core group realized years ago that HUD and CDC funding was not a 100% guarantee

  • No longer a national spokesperson for lead prevention, such as former Vice President’s wife Tipper Gore


Step one assembling core team continued1
Step One: Assembling Core Team succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

  • The Michigan Environmental Council was added to team for advocacy expertise and access to legislators

  • Others were recruited to join the core team to develop bring in added skills and strengthen the group


Core Stakeholders succeeded in obtaining the first

MDCH Healthy Homes Section

Doss Consultants

CLEARCorps Detroit

Healthy Homes West Michigan

Ecology Center/Michigan

Network for Children’s

Environmental Health

Wayne State

University

Michigan Environmental

Council


Step two defining the issue
Step Two: Defining the Issue succeeded in obtaining the first

  • The challenge is to simplify a complex issue in order to educate a politician in 5 minutes

  • Most freshman legislators and there staff have a misconception that lead poisoning is a health concern of the past


Step two defining the issue continued
Step Two: Defining the Issue succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

The message -

“The state must increase funding to remove lead paint from older housing.”

Repeat same message at every opportunity….


Step two defining the issue continued1
Step Two: Defining the Issue succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

A clear one page Lead Poisoning Fact Sheet in bullet point format that explained the message and called for a solution with Michigan facts backed by cited references…


Step two defining the issue continued2
Step Two: Defining the Issue succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

Develop the Mission

and Define the need


Step three focus on a solution and building trust
Step Three: Focus on a Solution and Building Trust succeeded in obtaining the first

  • How do you package?

  • 900 pages of HUD Guidelines for finding lead hazards and methods for abating homes

  • State Act and Rules

  • CDC Guidelines for Case Management

  • ASTM Standards


Step three focus on a solution and build trust continued
Step Three: Focus on a Solution and Build Trust ( succeeded in obtaining the firstContinued)

  • MIALSH assured the legislators that they and the Michigan Department of Community Health had the expertise to do the work once the money was provided

  • Many politicians did not know about this group, MDCH or our partnering agencies


Step three focus on a solution and build trust continued1
Step Three: Focus on a Solution and Build Trust ( succeeded in obtaining the firstContinued)

  • Over time the legislators began to build a trust and rapport with MIALSH and consulted individuals in the group regarding other lead bills and issues

  • We became the “go-to” group for lead

  • Partnership trust increased within MIALSH


Step three focus on a solution and build trust continued2
Step Three: Focus on a Solution and Build Trust ( succeeded in obtaining the firstContinued)

  • Allowed members to speak for the group acting as one voice

  • Learned individual skill sets

  • Could rely on members to do what they said they would do


Step three focus on a solution and build trust continued3
Step Three: Focus on a Solution and Build Trust succeeded in obtaining the first(Continued)

  • Developed an initial list of 9 recommendations for funding

  • Narrowed to Paint Fee like Maine’s

  • MEC said NO to Paint Fee, will not be well received in housing crisis

  • Proclaim message, let legislature find funding


Step four expanding constituents
Step Four: Expanding Constituents succeeded in obtaining the first

  • Legislators respond first to constituents in their geographic district

  • Added Families who have EBL children in key committee member’s districts

  • Added Contractors who employee workers in these districts

  • MIALSH has 110 members today!


Ring/Secondary Stakeholders succeeded in obtaining the first

U.S. Department of HUD Region V

Office of the Governor

Michigan Department of Community Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Southeast Michigan Health Association

Core Stakeholders

City of Lansing

Local Health Departments Ingham, Genesee, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Muskegon, Wayne

Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

ARC of Michigan

Rental Property Owners Association of Kent County

RSM Lead Inspections



Step five identify legislative champions
Step Five: more membersIdentify Legislative Champions

  • Our success hinged on finding a legislative champion to take up our mission.

  • Had to be a member of controlling party

  • In 2010 Senator Bruce Caswell stated, “ I understand, I get it, lead hurts children. We must remove it from homes.”


Step six educate key policy makers
Step Six: Educate Key Policy Makers more members

  • Senator Caswell then helped MIALSH to target other key committee members that would need to understand the importance of the issue.

  • We set out to educate them…..and did!


Step seven continue to educate and draw awareness
Step Seven: Continue to Educate and Draw Awareness more members

  • Must push the momentum of the mission

  • Each new legislative session brings in a new set or priorities, example Medicaid Expansion, gun laws, medical marijuana


Step seven continue to educate and draw awareness continued
Step Seven: Continue to Educate and Draw Awareness more members(Continued)

  • MIALSH Website

  • Brief on-line newsletter

  • Lead Education Day

  • Facebook

  • Elevators, stairwells and walks between office buildings….

  • Newspaper articles




Step eight timing
Step Eight: Timing more members

  • Did you say Extra Money in the budget?

  • No problem, we can spend it!

  • Seize the moment…Strike while the iron is hot….


Step eight timing1
Step Eight: Timing more members

  • We did it!

  • Governor Snyder and Michigan Legislature awarded $1.25 million for lead abatement in Fiscal Year 2014

  • First time that state General Funds have been allocated for this purpose

State Gives Lead Safe Home Program $1.25 million


Step nine thank the champions
Step Nine: Thank the Champions more members

  • Victory party with awards

  • Michigan Environmental Council newsletter, website and Facebook

  • Personal letters

  • Elevators, stairs and walks in between buildings - thanks, thanks and thanks


Legislative Champions more members

Michigan Capitol

Lansing, MI 48912


Step ten spend the funds
Step Ten: Spend the Funds more members

Marketing

Process Applications

Inspect/Risk Assess Homes

Purchase XRF

Laboratory supplies/analysis


Step 10: (Continued) more members

Marketing

Easily

To

Read

Flyer


Step ten spend the funds continued
Step Ten Spend the Funds more members(Continued)

Write Specs

Contractor Selection

Lead Hazard Control of Homes

Clearances

Report Progress to Legislators


Spending the Funds more members


BEFORE more members

After


Spending Funding Has its Challenges more members

How will you allocate funds?

Advocate for Additional Staff

Increase Contractor Pool

Increase Marketing

Write Contracts

Produce or Lose $$$

Additional Processing Staff


What is better than 1 25 million
What is Better than $1.25 Million? more members

$1.25 million (or more) for 2015!


Summary
Summary more members

  • Long hours and hard work

  • Don’t stray from mission

  • Keep message simple

  • Risk losing everything

  • Don’t give up…

  • Have a great team

  • Repeat process next year


Our Presenters more members

Wesley F. Priem

Section Manager

Michigan Department of Community Health

Carin Speidel

Manager

Lead Safe Home Program

Michigan Department of Community Health

Mary Sue Schottenfels

Executive Director

CLEARCorps Detroit


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