Michigan Alliance of Information & Referral Systems
Michigan-AIRS Award Nominations Open!
We're thrilled to recognize 3 individuals during the 2018 MI-AIRS Statewide Conference and Annual Meeting! 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.
Please take time to nominate someone for Exemplary Service Award, Resource Team Member of the Year Award or the Life Time Achievement Award by September 28th! Click here for more information about each award, nomination and submission criteria.
MI-AIRS Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting Oct 9!
Registration is open for the 2018 MI-AIRS Statewide Training Conference & Annual Meeting!
This is a great time for Information and Referral professionals across the state to network, learn about important topics and relevant tools to serve those in their communities. The 2018 Conference sessions range from substance abuse, identity protection, public benefits, quality and professional standards, resource management and more! Many sessions have applied Social Work CEU's.
The conference provides an opportunity to take an AIRS Certification exam - sign up for the exam with AIRS by Sept 9. Visit www.airs.org for more information about certification exams.
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).