Michigan Alliance of Information & Referral Systems
MI-AIRS Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting Regisration Open!
The 2019 MI AIRS Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday October 29, 2019 in Lansing, MI from 9am-4pm.
Several great speakers are already lined up to share relevant information with members across the state - from Homeless crisis response systems, LGBTQ cultural competency, Introduction to human services for community resource specialists, Effectively telling your story, Disaster response, Mental health crisis intervention, AIRS Accreditation overview and tips, and more! Social Work CE's are pending for several sessions and AIRS Certification exam is scheduled!
Nearby hotel accomodations are also available for a group rate. Click here to download the conference flyer with details about workshops.and to share with colleagues!
MI-AIRS is thrilled to recognize individuals during our annual MI-AIRS Statewide Conference! Often, Information and Referral staff find themselves assisting members of their communities by bridging gaps, managing data and and a host of other things - doing so with compassion and a committment to excellence as they work towards meeting the needs of the community.
Congratulations to Shawnese Nighten and Christine Trice of United Way for Southeastern Michigan for the Exemplary Service Award, Kathy Sheridan of Michigan 2-1-1 for the Resource Team Member of the Year Award and Kathy Tarrant of Common Ground for the Life Time Achievement Award. We're thankful for your contribution to those you serve and the difference you make in the Information & Referral field!
MI-AIRS Membership in Top 10 for AIRS Certification Holders!
AIRS Certification Program is for individuals working within the Information & Referral (I&R) sector of human services. Certification is based on established standards for the field of information and referral. Exams include knowledge, skills, attitudes and work-related behaviors related to competencies and performance needed by I&R practitioners. In August 2017, MI-AIRS Members held 162 Certifications, ranking in the top 10 in the US and Canada!
There are 3 Certifications available and an individual can hold more than one certification if they are actively engaged in each separate job function. Certification for Information and Referral Specialists (CIRS); Certification for I&R Specialists in Aging/Disabilities (CIRS-A/D) and Certification for Resource Specialists (CRS). Among MI-AIRS Members, there are 65 CIRS, 54 CIRS-A/D and 23 CRS holders. That's pretty incredible!
Certified builds confidence among staff - they believe more in their skills if they have been validated by an external body, and it's also an ingredient in an organization's overall quality assurance process. Certification also helps funders and other stakeholders understand and appreciate the professionalism involved in I&R.
For more information about benefits of the Certification Program for individuals, organizations or to take an exam, click here!
Who are we?
MI-AIRS is an affiliate of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). We are committed to providing quality information and referral services to all of Michigan. Our purpose is to:
Increase general community awareness of Information and Referral (I&R) services.
Improve the quality of I&R as a specific service through development and education.
Foster better communications and relationships among I&R providers.
Assist members to meet and maintain national I&R standards as set by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).