Summer is right around the corner, and I am sure you all are as excited about summer as my family and I are! Here in Lansing, we are still working through finalizing the state budget, but I wanted to take the time to point out a few amazing priorities, while I have the chance. The House’s recommended budget makes space to invest and reinvestment in first responders, crime victim support, mental health, infrastructure, public safety, safer neighborhoods, making higher education more affordable and, of course, fixing the damn roads.
I hope everyone had a great and safe Memorial Day weekend, and I hope I had the chance to see a few of you at the Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade. There will be many more opportunities to connect with me this summer, as I am planning several community picnics. Hope you and yours are able to join for some food and sunshine. Please follow my social media for more dates and details in the next several weeks.
Rep. Kimberly L. Edwards
House District 12
Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at National Coney Island, 27027 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, MI 48066.
Friday June 16, from 10-11 a.m. at Tim Hortons 17210 E. 9 Mile Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021.
The Stigma — Thursday, June 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at Dove Academy, 20001 Wexford St., Detroit, 48234. With special guest state Rep. Donovan McKinney. We will be discussing men’s mental health using the metaphor: check your wallet.
As part of the package introduced to codify the federal Affordable Care Act in Michigan, my bill would prohibit health insurance providers from refusing coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
House Bill 4639 is part of a package of bills that were created by taking up last year’s Juvenile Justice Task Force recommendations. These policies came from an unprecedented assessment of Michigan’s juvenile justice system and are grounded in research that shows what would work to improve community safety, reduce disparities and improve youth outcomes in the juvenile justice system.
Part of a two-bill package, together these bills would require reporting of educational factors of foster care youth education, and my bill would require the Michigan Department of Education to review education programs at child welfare institutions (like foster centers or juvenile facilities) to ensure they comply with set standards.
Representative Contact Information:
Office Phone: (517) 373-0852
Facebook: Kimberly Edwards
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center 14061 Lappin St., Detroit, MI 48205, (313) 535-9200, children and adult educational services. Several volunteer opportunities are available.
Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network 24 Hour Helpline: (800) 241-4949
Home Page: dwihn.org
Macomb County Community Mental Health 24 Hour Helpline: (586) 307-9100
Wayne County 11,000 to Zero
In 2009, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office discovered 11,341 untested rape kits dating from 1984-2009. With state funding through the Department of Justice, the prosecutor’s office was able to run all of the test kits. For more information or to find out the status of your case, please go to this link or call (313) 224-4111, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Services for Seniors
Please follow the resources below for more information on services for seniors in our community, and please reach out to our office if you are interested in a printed publication covering services from the State of Michigan. Our office is here to help.
Area Agency on Aging 1-B (800) 852-7795
Disability Network of Eastern Michigan
Oakland/Macomb office: (586) 268-4160