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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

New license plate to support breast cancer screening

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Secretary of State.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Secretary of State.


October is traditionally consumed with pumpkins, costumes and candy, but lately, the month has also flowered with pink for breast cancer awareness month.

For the first time ever, Michigan is launching a “pink ribbon” license plate for drivers. It’s a partnership between the Michigan Secretary of State and Department of Community Health.

Angela Minicuci is a spokeswoman for the state health department, and she said money collected from the plates will go toward the department’s breast cancer screening services program.

“And what that does, is not only provides screenings, but also helps with follow up care, which includes cancer treatment,” she said. “Reaching women just to get them in for screening only a portion of what this program does.”

Minicuci says $25 will go toward the program when the plate is first purchased, and another $10 each time it’s renewed.

In addition to the pink ribbon on the left of the plate, there is a message at the bottom that reads, “Early Detection Saves Lives.”

The “pink ribbon” license plate is available now and will be throughout the year.