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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Below you will find accomplishments of departments that reside under the authority of the County Executive.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Lead Poisoning Response

During 2016, the Health Department was notified of two unique lead poisoning cases involving adults with elevated blood lead levels. Through swift and comprehensive action of the Health Department, the sources of lead were identified and eliminated from the residents' diets and homes.

In the first case, involving a young adult with a blood lead level over 100 µg/dl (extremely high level) who was hospitalized, our Toxicologist determined that painted clay coffee mugs and water pitchers made in Mexico were the sources of the lead poisoning. Lead can leach from painted pottery, and in this case, the storage of water and hot acidic coffee products in these containers contributed to the lead leaching, and ultimate ingestion by the resident of lead contaminated liquids. Following medical care and the removal of these vessels from the home, the resident's lead poisoning was resolved.

In the second case, young children from two families were diagnosed with lead poisoning. The Health Department conducted lead investigations at both houses that did not show the paint inside the homes to be the source of the poisoning. After convincing from the Health Department, both families' physicians agreed to test all family members' blood lead levels. Surprisingly, all thirteen individuals had lead poisoning and the adult's levels were higher than the children's levels. Our Toxicologist promptly investigated these cases and determined that spices used in food preparation by both families to be the source of the lead ingestion. Some of these spices came from outside the United States and some were purchased locally. The Food and Drug Administration was made aware of these spices so they could be removed from stores to protect future residents from lead contamination.

Once the spices were removed from the homes and eliminated from the residents' diets, all family members' lead poisonings were resolved. The thorough, prompt and professional investigation and intervention from the Health Department was invaluable to resolving these residents lead poisoning crisis.

Children’s Special Health Care Services

During 2016, the Health Department was notified of two unique lead poisoning cases involving adults with elevated blood lead levels. Through swift and comprehensive action of the Health Department, the sources of lead were identified and eliminated from the residents' diets and homes. In the first case, involving a young adult with a blood lead level over 100 µg/dl (extremely high level) who was hospitalized, our Toxicologist determined that painted clay coffee mugs and water pitchers made in Mexico were the sources of the lead poisoning. Lead can leach from painted pottery, and in this case, the storage of water and hot acidic coffee products in these containers contributed to the lead leaching, and ultimate ingestion by the resident of lead contaminated liquids. Following medical care and the removal of these vessels from the home, the resident's lead poisoning was resolved. In the second case, young children from two families were diagnosed with lead poisoning. The Health Department conducted lead investigations at both houses that did not show the paint inside the homes to be the source of the poisoning. After convincing from the Health Department, both families' physicians agreed to test all family members' blood lead levels. Surprisingly, all thirteen individuals had lead poisoning and the adult's levels were higher than the children's levels. Our Toxicologist promptly investigated these cases and determined that spices used in food preparation by both families to be the source of the lead ingestion. Some of these spices came from outside the United States and some were purchased locally.

The Food and Drug Administration was made aware of these spices so they could be removed from stores to protect future residents from lead contamination. Once the spices were removed from the homes and eliminated from the residents' diets, all family members' lead poisonings were resolved. The thorough, prompt and professional investigation and intervention from the Health Department was invaluable to resolving these residents lead poisoning crisis. The Macomb County Health Department's Children's Special Health Care Services Program (CSHCS) provides services for over 2,248 children with special health and medical needs and their families. Our CSHCS representatives and nurses assist with a variety of services including; getting the client enrolled in the CSHCS Program, making sure that clients receive in state or out of state medical care for their identified diagnoses, mileage reimbursement, medication and medical equipment coverage, navigating community resources that are available such as respite, and community living support services or private duty nursing. In an effort to assist our clients with multiple aspects of their life, we recently developed a Parent Support Group and have also offered educational workshops for clients aged 17 - 20 who are entering adulthood or transitioning out of our program. Understanding that often our success is measured by the success of our clients and their families, the following are two of the many special cases that we are very proud of:

1. Recently an 11 year old client was identified as having some fine and gross motor movement problems in school by a teacher, who then alerted the family. The family took the client to the emergency room and after some extensive testing, doctors discovered that the child had a brain tumor. The client's father was just beginning a new job and the family's health insurance was not active. The hospital refused to start medical treatment for the client until the client's family could provide proof of active health insurance. The social worker at the hospital contacted our CSHCS office and one of our CSHCS representatives and nurses immediately assisted the family in getting the necessary CSHHS application properly filled out and submitted the same day. The nurse went a step further and called Lansing directly, assuring that the insurance would be activated that day, allowing the child's treatments to immediately begin.

2. This year a 16 year old client, who has been on a ventilator his (or her) entire life, had been receiving care from private duty nursing. This service was being paid for through the family's private insurance. The dad received information that his private insurance was going to decrease the hours covered for the private duty nursing, so the family decided to apply for Medicaid in an effort to have the cost of the difference in hours paid for. Children's Special Health Care Services was able to motivate this family not only to apply and get approved through Medicaid, but also to work with an agency of their choice, research and apply for other resources that can assist in the care of the client, and remain steadfast throughout the process. This effort resulted in the start of the client receiving SSI and the family having guardianship in place now that the client is over the age of 18. CSHCS continues to serve this client and is currently assisting the family with finding in-house physical therapy placement.

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

COMTEC

Creation of COMTEC which is a state of the art operations centers that combines the efforts of four county departments: Sheriff's Office Dispatch, the Road Department Traffic Operations Center, the Information Technology Data Center, and the Emergency Management & Communications Department. Placing all of these operation centers into one location has maximized our scarce resources (funding, equipment, personnel), eliminated duplicate services, equipment and technology and has allowed us to become a more efficient and effective provider of our services. COMTEC offers progressive modern day technology, consolidated services, and has satisfied the need for a central location that is operable 24/7 and has the ability to monitor, manage, prevent, protect and respond throughout the entire county. In addition, our overall preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs has been enhanced not only for day to day incidents but for large-scale emergencies and disasters as well. Our public safety capability is greatly improved through coordinated planning & training efforts, multiple modes of inter-operable communications by multiple agencies and jurisdictions, and improved information sharing and dissemination. Our employees and responders are better equipped and trained and our citizens better informed. All of this aids the public safety in our community and allows us to provide a more resilient community during emergency and disaster situations.

Public Safety Communications System

Enhancement and expansion of our Macomb County Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS). Through our Technical Services Division, the county owns and operates an 800 MHz radio system that is used by fire, EMS, law enforcement and public works agencies throughout the county. We have over 4500 users on our system. This system is also a component of the State radio system which provides us with radio coverage and usage throughout the State. In December 2015, the county approved a $10 million project that will greatly enhance our radio system and interoperable communications capabilities. This project includes the following:
  • Add 5 new towers in north end of the county which will provides us with 14 total
  • Fire Paging Solution for north end fire departments with volunteers/part-paid
  • City of Warren joins the system - all other public safety entities are on the system as well as all hospitals, many county departments and local DPW's
  • City of Warren Dispatch & Sheriff's Office Dispatch - Physical backup locations for one another

This project will enhance radio capabilities within the county and solve many known gaps within the system. Public safety is our utmost concern for our residents, businesses and personnel and in order to protect and serve them we need a comprehensive, state of the art communications system which this project provides to the county community as a whole. Everyone benefits from this radio system and project. Once completed in late 2017 our radio communication system needs will be met and sustainable for years to come.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Efficient Policies

Over the last three years, we have created efficiencies through streamlined department policies and collaborative partnerships to allow for greater access to residential substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration for those involved in the criminal justice system. The alarming trend of prescription and illicit opiate use, as well as other substances, continues to increase the need for treatment. In 2013, residential treatment was provided for 656 individuals, this has increased to 1,036 individuals in 2016.

Screening & Monitoring

Pretrial screening and monitoring services have increased in an effort to provide Macomb County courts with an objective risk and assessment tool and background information when making bond decisions. Pretrial programming allows individuals to be effectively supervised in the community and for jail beds to be prioritized for high-risk individuals who are better supervised in custody pending disposition of their case. In 2013, 502 pretrial screenings were completed with 156 individuals being released under supervision while awaiting disposition of their case. In 2016, 1,195 screenings were completed and 619 individuals were released under pretrial supervision.

Partnerships

In 2016, Community Corrections partnered with Michigan Department of Corrections, CARE of Southeastern Michigan and SHAR Macomb to develop MRAP, a program for those individuals who have violated probation, typically as a result of substance use. This six month residential program provides substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral programming, employment assistance, peer recovery coaching and assistance with outpatient services after discharge. Providing a strong link to aftercare services, including peer recovery coaching upon completion of the program, assists in building positive supports that can provide lasting success in the community.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

2016 Accomplishments

The Information Technology Department has had a very productive year. A representation of our greatest accomplishments this year includes the following: We've upgraded County workstations; implemented Office 365, and implemented a more robust environment for system support via System Center Configuration Manager.
  The entire Macomb County Internal network has been upgraded to replace aged equipment in order to improve infrastructure quality and maintenance. A redundant fiber ring has been established. There's now a Macomb County Wireless Network in place at COMTEC and the Court building and are being rolled out to the other County locations. This will enable County employees to access their files from example conference rooms in different buildings, as well as allow the public to access the internet from County buildings. The Macomb County Firewalls have been upgraded to the latest technology to improve Security. We have converted seven applications that resided on the Oracle servers to a C#/.NET/MVC environment and saved $60,000 per year in the process.
  With advances in the telecommunications and ISP fields we've been able to make great strides on that side of the business. The traditional internet services have now been aggregated into a redundant outbound/inbound link. The industry is moving away from copper; we will be mostly independent of copper by the end of 2017. We are in process of replacing all our PRI's or voice channels with an IP based solution that work via our newly created ISP connection mentioned above. It will save us roughly $96,000.00 per year in Telecommunications cost. This will be completed soon. Additionally we are replacing all of our copper T1 circuits with Fiber circuits. The last three is now in process. The last step to this is to convert the remaining POTS lines; we anticipate to have these completed by the end of February of 2017.

The Past 5 Years

The past five years have been primarily addressing infrastructure improvements to set us up for a more redundant and secure environment. These infrastructure upgrades, as well as the establishment of a PMO Office, allow us to shift our focus moving forward to other areas of our core business, for example customer service, process improvement, and other to improve our services to our Customers:
We've moved into a new data center in January of 2014. This was made possible due to the innovative COMTEC project sanctioned by our County Executive. The implementation of an Active-Active Data center between COMTEC and Macomb County Community College was implemented at the same time, as well as the new Dispatch Center where we had significant involvement in the implementation of the Technology components. This came with very significant public safety benefit. Macomb County has implemented a new Dispatch system. With this we are already serving outside communities and will continue to add more. Macomb County IT played a very significant role in standing up this environment.
A Document Management Systems has been implemented at the Courts, and we are in process of doing the same at Prosecutors. This will significantly decrease the need for storage space.
A security study has been completed and by the end of 2016 we will have a County wide security policy implemented. We've also make great improvements in our security in general.

How We've Made A Difference

This year, one of our goals has been on improving customer relationships; this include regular customer visits and improved service delivery. By improving our efficiency, we assist Departments in better servicing the public. We also partnered with many departments to complete projects that specifically addressed improving services to the public: The Zonar upgrade provided Macomb Community Action (MCA) with a Fleet Management and Student Ridership Tracking system provided system that allows vehicle GPS tracking and diagnostics, which in essence provide a better delivery system to the public.
The implementation of Video Remote Interpreting Software, in partnership with the Health Department, assist in serving an increasingly diverse community in Macomb County in many different languages.
We've implemented a 911 SMS Texts to PSAP system to allow a text-to-911 service.
Macomb County Information Technology partnered with Macomb Community Action to provision a new building for services to the public, the new Washington School location, by designing and implementing a new network for connectivity to the Macomb County network.
The IT Department played a major role in the Criminal Justice Data Warehouse project. We've created a data warehouse that provides continual metrics to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system in Macomb County. As study was done by and independent company and has been released to the County.

MACOMB COMMUNITY ACTION

Financial Empowerment Program

  • The program is a unique collaboration between the three Health & Community Services Agencies: Health Department MSU-E and Macomb Community Action
  • The Kick-Off date for the program was September 1st and the newly opened Family Resource Center. Macomb County partnered with Fifth Third Bank to present a Resource Fair and offer 5/3rd Financial eBus financial services
  • There are currently 17 adults enrolled in the program
  • A feature program is Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology "Financial Fitness Over 60!" Macomb County Family Resource Center

Macomb County Family Resource Center

The center was established in partnership with Mount Clemens Community Schools in an effort to keep the building as a resource for the community we serve, provide collocating opportunities for organizations with shared vision, ensure accessibility for customers, and to extend the list of educational, health and recreational programs available.
  • Grand Opening - June 2016
  • OneMacomb Lunch & Learn Series
  • OneMacomb hosted ALPACT video "Waking in Oak Creek" and discussion for regional law enforcement
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair
  • Macomb County HRLRs "Bring Your Child to Work Day"

Facility Partners

  • Morning Star Early Learning Center - Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare Partnership
  • Good Shepherd Coalition - human service agency which offers assistance to at risk families and individuals
  • Macomb Homeless Coalition - provides assistance to Macomb County's homeless population and the agencies that support them
  • Community Housing Network - Offers an array of programs for individuals with disabilities and homeless persons that assist with affordable housing.
  • Detroit Arsenal Youth Programs - Provides a series of recreational activities for youth of military personnel as well as the community at large.

MSU EXTENSION

4-H Youth Development

A key program highlighting youth development in Macomb County is 4-H Youth Development. You will find 4-H youth participating in activities ranging from 4-H clubs; partnering with children in China thru the China Art program to participating in the Armada Fair. To demonstrate the impact of 4-H in the community, the 4-H Project Clover group donated over $9,000 of meat and poultry to various food banks throughout the county.

Through the 4-H Tech Wizards program, three employees at Axalta's manufacturing plant have been mentoring students at Mt. Clemens High School since 2014. The program builds relationships through mentoring between adult role models and students ages 14-19 as they interact through S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) related topics and activities. In June of 2016, these mentors along with their mentees were invited to attend the 4-H Leadership Washington Focus at the National 4-H Conference Center in Maryland!

Gardening Programs

Community gardens and backyard gardens are currently trending and there is a growing need for educational assistance in these areas. To help meet these needs, MSU Extension educates citizens about gardening and garden-related issues. Every year new horticulture-themed programs of interest are developed and offered. In 2015, gardening programs ranged from "Container Gardening" to "Exercise for Gardeners" to "Master Composter" and everything in-between. The Master Gardener hotline is available both locally and statewide, to answer consumers' questions about gardening. The Master Gardener volunteer program has been offered since 1978 and to date over 30,000 residents across the state have earned Master Gardener Volunteer status.

Macomb Food Collaborative

In 2012, MSU Extension became a member of the Macomb Food Collaborative and continues to support the annual "Farm to Fork, All About Food" conference. The Macomb Food Collaborative also encouraged Macomb County farmers to accept the Bridge Card, allowing access to fresh fruits and vegetables to residents who might not be able to afford them. United Way for Southeastern Michigan and MSU Extension partnered in 2012 to facilitate the Garden Resource Mini Grant program. Over 60 schools and organizations received grants to establish and support community garden programs. This grant reached over 1,200 students in Macomb County and several tons of food were harvested as a result of this grant.

Financial Programs

MSU Extension is a HUD\MSHDA-certified agency and has been committed to assisting Macomb County residents facing foreclosure since the economic crisis began. In 2011, MSU Extension partnered with the Macomb Treasurer's office providing counseling services to residents facing property tax foreclosure. MSU Extension staff continue to be on the forefront of financial trends enabling them to provide the most up-to-date financial education to county residents.

Groundwater Education

Whether it's introducing Macomb County youth to the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair with the Great Lakes Education Program, offering Summer Discovery Cruises, conducting Lake St. Clair Fisheries workshops, offering Groundwater Education to Macomb County students or participating in the Macomb
County Blue Initiative, MSU Extension Sea Grant staff raises awareness and increases the understanding of our valuable natural resources. In 2015, over 5,000 Macomb residents attended one or more of these programs.

Health & Well-Being

The health and well-being of Michigan's residents is a priority focus for MSU Extension. Last year, over 5,300 individuals participated in nutrition and obesity prevention workshops. The number of participants in health and nutrition workshops continues to rise, up approximately 50% from 2011. Natalie Brumfield, MSUE Program Instructor shares the following story, "A participant in the Eat Healthy Be Active nutrition class was a candidate for plastic surgery and was required to lose weight. After completion of the class, she had lost 28 pounds. She decided that with her new skills and knowledge about healthy eating and cooking, she can continue her weight loss journey without having surgery done."