Bay Human Services Collaborative Council
2017 Report Card
A vision for a strong vibrant Bay County begins with the
people who live and work here. The Bay Human Services Collaborative Council (HSCC) is a group of non-profit, government, school, healthcare and law enforcement organizations coming together to work on that vision.
Members of the council form task force groups to tackle
issues in our community. It is by working together, progress is made and the positive impact of our efforts can be seen.
The Bay HSCC works to enhance the welfare of Bay County citizens by coordinating the understanding, planning, and implementation of prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation services. As members of the Bay HSCC and leaders in human services, the Bay County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services – Bay County, United Way of Bay County and McLaren Bay Region encourages you
to get involved in making a better life for your community.
This Report Card is being presented as a summary of current research and trends, and will help you better understand the needs of our community, as well as highlight collaboration efforts.
Sponsored by: Bay County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services – Bay County,
United Way of Bay County and McLaren Bay Region
EXECUTIVE, MANAGERS & ADMINISTRATORS
Bay County is an area in transition.
The once proud shipping and manufacturing locale is now a major tourist and shopping spot, a center of entrepreneurial action and innovation. But it is also an area that has seen major increases in the number of residents living in poverty. It has the largest proportion of seniors than any county in Michigan, and nearly one of every four residents is over the age of sixty. Furthermore, the demographics of the County have changed as well.
We are becoming a more diverse population, like the rest of the nation.
A Look at Bay County
Office & Administrative Support
Bay County Department on Aging Senior Olympics 2017
Source: Bay Future, Inc. - www.bayfuture.com, 2017
TOP JOBS BY OCCUpaTION
Food preparation & serving
Labor Force: Unemployment Rate is 4.9%
Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Population Trends 2016
Source: Bay County Medical Examiner’s Report
Source (both graphs above): Michigan Department of Health & Human Services - Bay County 2016 Program Summary
The strains of living on limited means
can too often translate itself into a loss
of hope amongst individual residents. That loss of hope can manifest itself
into depression, neglect of one’s
self, and destructive behaviors like substance abuse. It is well known
the devastating effect that the heroin epidemic has brought upon itself in
our community, but what is not well known is the increased number of suicides and suicide attempts.
ABUSE and NEGLECT
Abuse and neglect for children and other vulnerable populations continues to be a concern in Bay County.
Health care is an important component for the well-being and success of any community. With all of the changes in federal and state health care legislation in the past five years, as well as the accompanying increasing or decreasing resources, county residents face daily challenges in obtaining medical care when it is needed. Over
one quarter of the population of Bay County are eligible for Medicaid coverage, which is a challenge to many practitioners because of its low reimbursement rate that often fails to meet the actual costs of care. Additionally, another quarter of the population is or will be eligible for Medicare in the next five years. Yet despite these challenges, Bay County is proud to state that the percentage of uninsured individuals in 2016 was only 5% lower than both the state and national averages. This is a testament to the hard work and cooperative nature that our providers in the county demonstrate on a daily basis.
In Bay County, over 19,000 individuals are eligible for Medicaid
Over 7,000 additional people receive medical assistance via the Healthy Michigan Program, also known as Michigan’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act
Over 9,000 children under the age of 18 receive Medicaid benefits
Early childhood programs and services provide access to high-quality early learning programs to prepare for school success. There are many programs in Bay County to address the needs for families.
Early On provides early intervention and special education services to over 100 children and families from birth-3.
Over 400 children in Bay County have utilized the Great
Start Readiness Program for preschool which provides
a full day preschool experience for 4 year old children. Additionally, the Early Childhood Special Education
program provided half-day preschool education to almost 100 students.
The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) has provided access
to more families by expanding the home visiting program and collaborating with other programs in the county via
the Pregnancy to Preschool Hub as well as expanding parenting groups and services.
The Imagination Library continues to send books monthly to over 4000 children in Bay and Arenac Counties. Additionally, the Math in the Mail program was developed
in our region for 3 year old children and kits were sent to over 150 children in Bay County.
< Grade 9
Bay County has 4 public schools districts, 3 public school academies and many parochial schools serving
14,556 students. The student to teacher ratio is approximately 18:1. Bay County public schools have a minority enrollment of 14% (majority Hispanic) with the remainder of the population being primarily white. In 2016-17 (MISchool Data) 2,750 students were eligible for free lunch programs and 1,019 students were eligible for reduced lunch prices. Across the years more students in Bay County graduated on time with a graduation rate of 89%.
The drop out data has also shown a decrease across time to a dropout rate of 8.6%. According to Kids Count in Michigan Data Book (2015-16) 44.3% of third graders were proficient on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP) for English-language arts and 28.8% of 8th graders were proficient on the - Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP) for math.
McLaren Bay Medical Foundation’s Annual
5k Walk/Run - Kids Race
The majority of the population in Bay County has a high school degree, and 30.70% have a college degree.
Source: United Way ALICE Report - 2017, update for Michigan
More than 27,500 people
in Bay County are eligible recipients of public assistance programs, or about 26% of the population
Latest statistics from Kids Count show 22.8% of Bay County’s children are living
Bay County ranks 38th of 83 counties for child well-being
One in every four residents is eligible for some type of public assistance in Bay County. Over two million dollars of these funds are distributed within the local economy each month. While it is easy to characterize public assistance as a handout, we should note that this is an important safety net provision for families in need. Public assistance is also an important element of our local economic engine. In the Women’s Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program, there are approximately 2,600 families in Bay County that participate in the WIC Program each month. Eligible families spend over $137,800 in healthy foods every month at local grocery stores and markets in Bay County, or a total of $1,653,600 per year. Regardless of the amount of federal and state programs that assist families in need, there are still shortfalls and unfortunately, not all families can make ends meet.
FIP = Family Independence Program
FAP = Food Assistance Program;
SDA = State Disability Assistance
CDC = Child Development & Care
HMP = Healthy Michigan Plan
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than
the basic cost of living for the county. These are the people that live paycheck to paycheck. Combined,
the number of poverty and A.L.I.C.E. households
equals the total population struggling to afford basic needs. The number of households below the A.L.I.C.E. Threshold changes over time. Households move in and out of poverty and ALICE as circumstances improve or worsen.
Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services - Bay County 2016 Program Summary
Bay County Community Annual Breastfeeding Walk 2017
Bay Area Community Foundation
Bay Area Women’s Center
Bay City Public Schools
Bay County Division on Aging
Bay County Health Department
Bay County Probate Court
Bay Health Plan
Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health
Helen Wirt-Lee Back to School Clothing Program
DID YOU KNOW?
McLaren Bay Region’s Boot Camp for New Dads Program
CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
Good Samaritan Rescue Mission
Great Lakes Bay Health
McLaren Bay Region
Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services - Bay County
Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency
In 2016, 513 Bay County children were victims of abuse and/or neglect, compared to 481 children in 2015.
The number of children in foster care increased by 6.7% from 2013 to 2016.
Approximately 700 individuals over age 18 receive home help assistance due to low income and disability.
The Abuse in Later Life Program is dedicated
to helping older people who become victims of abuse.
The Bay HSCC, through its partner organizations,
provide many locally based and funded services to
help families meet the needs they face on a daily
basis. For example:
United Way of Bay County
Community Service Programs
The Helen Wirt-Lee Back to School Clothing Program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Water & Sewer Assistance
Heat & Energy Assistance
Emergency Financial Assistance
Homeless & Runaway Youth Support
Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Health & Human Services – Bay County
If your organization is interested in more information about the Bay Human Services Collaborative Council,
please contact Tracy Metcalfe at (989) 895-2027.
Visit our webpage at bahscc.weebly.com/ and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/BayHSCC
Office of Senator Mike Green
United Way of Bay County
Wellspring Lutheran Services
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region