CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Whitmer today honored more than 30 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) employees whose winning ideas were selected as part of the Simple Gifts Contest.
The department-wide competition encouraged staff to submit ideas that can make it faster and easier for Michiganders to access MDHHS benefits. There were 331 entries submitted. Some of the winning ideas included:
- Multiple suggestions to simplify asset tests, which are a factor in determining eligibility for public assistance benefits such as food assistance. MDHHS has adopted some of these ideas, which came from staff at the Central Office in Lansing, and county offices in Branch and Lake counties. A Genesee County employee suggested making computers with printers available in each office for clients to print needed items. An Ingham County employee encouraged taking steps to make sure people who receive public assistance benefits know the importance of providing a phone number when applying.
More on Michimich.com
- Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. and ICV Partners Complete Merger
- Michigan: MPSC's E-Dockets system now allows users to get email updates when new filings are posted
- Michigan: I-75 project near Indian River to start March 2
- Lane closures begin on M-39 (Southfield Freeway) and US-12 (Michigan Avenue) for major bridge work
- State Asks Lower Court to Declare Healthy Michigan Plan Work Requirements Unlawful, as Required by Higher Court Ruling
"State of Michigan employees – including MDHHS staff – work hard, care about the people they serve, and have great ideas based on their personal experiences as public servants," Whitmer said. "I appreciate the outstanding suggestions that came out of the Simple Gifts contest. Michiganders who benefit from the changes also will be grateful. These ideas will help Michigan families and result in better services to taxpayers."
A panel of MDHHS leaders selected winning entries that outlined specific and actionable steps; offered solutions that could be carried out without legislative action; could enable MDHHS to serve more families and individuals who qualify for and need services; and are likely to have significant benefits to clients and workers – such as eliminating unnecessary paperwork or speeding up decisions on eligibility for services.
Whitmer hosted a celebratory lunch at the George W. Romney Building near the State Capitol for winners in the Simple Gifts contest. Also in attendance were MDHHS Director Robert Gordon and Erin Frisch, MDHHS chief deputy director for opportunity.
More on Michimich.com
- Michigan: Owe Taxes? Make Payments Direct to Treasury
- One Park Financial Celebrates "Grovie Wellness Day"
- The Work Truck Show 2020 rolls into Indianapolis next week
- Contify Launches a Brand-New Mobile Experience with the Advanced Features of its Market and Competitive Intelligence Platform
- Zezgo Rent A Car the high-quality rental brand commences service in the Dominican Republic
"We are grateful to work with colleagues who are passionate about economic stability and opportunity for all Michiganders," Gordon said. "We aim to simplify everything we do. The winning Simple Gift ideas advance toward that goal. We will implement as many as we can as quickly as we can."
A full list of Simple Gift winners can be found on the MDHHS website.
Note: Media members who would like photos of winners from their coverage areas can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest on Michimich.com
- Michigan SEO Group Brings on New Internet Marketing Specialist
- Michigan: AG Nessel Joins Coalition Supporting Legislation to Better Regulate Corporate Bankruptcy Filings
- KOLBUS is a new name in corrugated converting machinery
- KYOCERA's New AH100A Alumina Ceramic Offers Breakthrough Benefits for High-Voltage Insulation Applications
- Michigan: Environmental Rules Review Committee to consider PFAS in drinking water standard
- Michigan: MDARD Recognizes National Weights & Measures Week March 1-7, 2020
- Michigan: Secretary of State teaming up with Meijer to offer self-service stations for vehicle plate renewals at many stores
- Abond CRO Hires Charley Bratton as Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing and Sales
- MOTOR Partners with Matco Tools to Exclusively Sell MOTOR Manuals through Matco's Distributors
- That's A Wrap: The 14th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival Winners are Announced
- CEO Coaching International Makes Inc.'s List of the 250 Fastest Growing Private Companies in California
- Solutions for Airborne Coronavirus, Tuberculosis, Measles and Influenza
- Hair Detangler School Seeks Clients with Matted Tangled Hair for Free Detangle Services
- Giner Lab Goes Freestyle With Lab Flooring Installation
- Delirious Comedy Club Of Downtown Las Vegas Continues Nightly Laughter With Celebrity Comedy Series
- Its Time to Make Commercial Cleaning a Priority in Your Office
- Artworks by Sargent, Koons, Chihuly, James Sword all do well at Bruneau & Co. auction held Feb. 15
- Want Different Hair? Africanmall Wigs & Hair Weave Will Rock You!!
- Author Colby Van Wagoner's new book - Baggage Act 1: Quickies - a wild and satirical dating anthology!
- Michigan: Redford Woman Sentenced After Stealing $24,000 From Elderly Man