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State to open Surplus Store this Saturday

LANSING — Shoppers can score good deals on surplus goods when the state of Michigan’s Surplus Store open its doors to the public for a one-day sale on July 14, The Surplus Store has a vast inventory of excess items coming from property seized by police, items voluntarily surrendered at airports, surplus property from local public colleges and property no longer needed by government agencies.

Items available through the store include computers, phones, computer and phone accessories, various knives, wine keys, sporting goods, tools, desks, file cabinets, chairs, book shelves, jewelry and other fashion accessories. The one-day store will be open from 8 a.m. to noon at 3111 West St. Joseph, Building 600 in Lansing. Payments can be made with cash and credit cards. All items are sold as is, where is, and no loading assistance will be available. No returns or refunds will be accepted.

For more information about the Surplus Store, visit www.michigan.gov/surplus. Online shoppers can continue to bid on items on MiBid, the state’s online auction site, 24 hours a day at www.michigan.gov/mibid. Questions about the state’s surplus program may be directed to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s State Surplus Office at 517-241-4859. — R.S.

MDHHS, partners offer Victim Advocates Crisis Response Training

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is partnering with the Michigan State Police and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) to sponsor a series of regional trainings to prepare victim advocates to help victims of mass violence.

Michigan currently has an emergency response plan for mass violence that involves law enforcement and first responders, but victim advocates are not part of the plan. The free crisis response training targets victim advocates who work or volunteer for public or non-profit agencies such as a local prosecuting attorney office or a domestic violence shelter. Once trained, advocates will be included in the state’s emergency response plan.

The MDHHS Division of Victim Services is funding the $300,000 training project through its Crime Victim Rights Fund.

The first of seven trainings was held July 10-12 in Dearborn for advocates in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The second regional training will be offered to advocates in the Upper Peninsula and will take place in September in Marquette. The remaining five regional trainings will occur in 2019. Participants must be victim advocates to attend the training and can register on the PAAM website. The training is by invitation only.

The Division of Victim Services has contracted with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) to conduct the crisis response trainings. Thousands who confront human crisis – victim advocates, law enforcement officers and others – have completed the course.

MDHHS and its partners are asking advocates to attend the entire training and then commit to two years of availability if a mass casualty incident occurs in their respective community or throughout the state. For more information about the Division of Victim Services, visit Michigan.gov/crimevictims. R.S.


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