News From Rep. Brinks

Monday, March 7, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) invites residents to join her at her upcoming coffee hour, which will feature special guest Jon O’Connor, a 1st Ward commissioner for the city of Grand Rapids. This community coffee hour will give constituents a chance to meet with Rep. Brinks and Commissioner O’Connor to share ideas and concerns and hear about what’s going on locally and at the Capitol. The upcoming coffee hours will take...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

“The recent audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans outlined deplorable conditions endured by the resident veterans there. I’m grateful that hearings will be held to get to the bottom of why such poor quality of care was allowed to exist, and how we can make sure that never happens again. However, in order to get all the answers we need, it is vitally important that these committees have subpoena powers in order to...

Friday, February 19, 2016

                “The care of our veterans must be a priority of our state. Yesterday, a devastating audit was released that outlined critical and ongoing problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, including chronic staffing shortages and the failure of staff to follow up on important care needs, such as investigating patient fall alerts. I welcome the news that Jeff Barnes is resigning as the director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Administration, and that James...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LANSING — A report issued today by the state’s auditor general that outlines multiple instances of neglect, understaffing and a callous disregard for residents and their families at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans underscores the need for immediate, corrective action and for the establishment of a veterans ombudsman’s office to handle concerns and complaints. According to the report, the home is routinely understaffed, and workers at the facility falsely claimed to follow up on...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"I’m deeply disappointed that Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending that operating funding for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans be cut by $424,900 in the coming fiscal year. The quality of care for residents at the home has been an ongoing concern for several years. Last year, I was troubled when the home temporarily suspended food service for residents’ visitors. Just last week, we learned there was an emergency staffing problem at the facility, which required...

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