In brief

Department of State suspends license of Flint dealership

FLINT — The Michigan Department of State has suspended the business license of a Flint vehicle dealer for noncompliance with the law.

FYI Auto LLC, 1901 Corunna Road, owned by Ira Chapman and Finis Harwell, was cited July 19 for failing to produce dealership records for inspection. A state regulatory agent found the property chained and locked, and the building vacant.

A summary suspension was issued July 22. Chapman and Harwell will have to provide state regulatory staff with all dealership records on file back to July 23, 2014, before the summary suspension can be lifted. State law requires vehicle dealers to keep dealership records on file for five years. The owners have the option to request an informal preliminary conference and then an administrative hearing if they dispute the outcome of the regulatory review.

Consumers who have a complaint against FYI Auto are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at 517-335-1410. — G.G.

MDHHS issues two RFPS for services for survivors of sexual assault

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services, has issued two new Requests for Proposals (RFP) to provide services to survivors of sexual assault.

The first RFP is for Sexual Assault Comprehensive Services. Funding awarded through this grant supports efforts to help survivors heal from sexual assault trauma through direct intervention and related assistance from agencies such as sexual assault programs through 24-hour sexual assault hotline/helplines, crisis intervention, individual and group supportive counseling and medical and criminal justice accompaniment.

A companion RFP for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services is also available. SANE programs are designed to respond to sexual assault patients’ emotional and physical needs as well as evidentiary needs for prosecution. A primary goal of a SANE nurse is to preserve their patients’ dignity, ensure that victims are not re-traumatized by the exam and assist patients in gaining control by allowing them to make the decisions throughout the medical exam/evidence collection process. This grant will support sexual assault forensic examinations, supportive counseling, advocacy and supportive services.

Eligible applicants include non-profit and other non-governmental agencies and tribal governments, with a primary mission of providing intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services and related assistance for adults, youth and child victims of sexual assault.

The SANE grant is a companion grant program to the Sexual Assault Comprehensive Services program. Applications for the SANE program without a companion application for the Sexual Assault Comprehensive Services program will not be accepted.

Grant applications are due Aug. 16 by at 3 p.m. The program period begins Oct. 1, 2019 and ends Sept. 30, 2020. — G.G.