Engler Announces West MI will receive $1,644,279 in LTC Innovation Grants

May 31, 2001

Governor John Engler today announced the award of more than $7 million for 48 Long Term Care Innovations projects throughout the state. These funds are part of one-time Tobacco Settlement Funds that were appropriated in the fiscal year 2000 budget to support the recommendations of the Long Term Care Work Group.

"These grants will play an important role in the future of long term care,"said Engler. "By partnering this one-time state funding with local matching funds, we can more effectively support individuals with long term care needs and their families in home and community settings."

"I am pleased to see a high level of collaboration and partnerships in these grants," said Michigan Department of Community Health Director James K. Haveman, Jr. "These grantees have shown a willingness to look to new and innovate ways to deliver long term care services."

In response to the Long Term Care Work Group Report and Recommendations, the Department of Community Health issued a competitive bid process to fund long term care initiatives in the area of Staff Development and Training; Community Education Efforts; and Innovative Projects for the Elderly and Adults with Disabilities.

"These grants are funding the types of innovative programs that consumers, families and caregivers called for at our Long Term Care Work Group public hearings that were held around the state," said Michigan Office of Services to the Aging Director Lynn Alexander. "These outstanding programs will strengthen long-term care services in Michigan."

The projects receiving this one-time funding all demonstrate a person centered approach to meeting the needs of individuals receiving long term care services, a high degree of innovation and collaboration, and a commitment to improving access to care and quality of care. Most grants will span a three-year period.

The Department received over two hundred funding proposals from a variety of organizations and agencies throughout the state. Each of the funded proposals addresses a specific part of the new integrated service delivery systems. Grantees will work in partnership with the Department and each other to develop project outcomes that can be integrated into the new systems for continuation and use by others involved in these systems.

Grant recipients in West Michigan include:

"Calvin College, of Grand Rapids, will receive $80,000 for "Project Healthy Senior Michigan: A model Program to Motivate Older People to Take More Responsibility for Their Health." The project involves a collaborative effort with the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan and targets counties in northwest lower Michigan to provide a range of educational, medical and community resources to educate and persuade older people to learn about and adopt healthy lifestyle practices aimed at enhancing their own health, which will reduce medical costs.

Evergreen Commons Senior Center, of Holland, will receive $84,303 to replicate the "Grand-Kent Successful Aging Program." They will partner with the collaborative network of community service providers affiliated with the Area Agency on Aging to provide information and referral about long-term care services in the greater Holland area, Muskegon and surrounding rural areas. The program will provide information and training to both urban and rural aging services providers, wellness centers, home health and home care agencies, community hospitals, assisted living residences, nursing facilities and higher education institutions. A resource roadmap modeled after the Kent County Resource Roadmap on Successful Aging will be distributed and increased consumer awareness through television programs and workshops will be held.

HHS Health Options, of Grand Rapids, will receive $275,000 for the "Care Solutions Regional Provider Organization Development," project to partner collaboratively with all Home and Community Based Services Waiver agents in the southwest Michigan including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties to design and develop the structure and relationships necessary to a develop a Regional Provider Organization. It will develop a planned managed care structure including an information system design, consumer education and direct provider education and preparation.

The Grand Rapids Center for Independent Living will receive $225,000 for the "The Community Cooperative," project to expand and enhance the consumer driven system which is made up of persons with disabilities and their personal care assistants to improve hiring and retention of personal care assistants and enhance money management skills of consumers to improve the quality of care for consumers. The project will result in support, enhancement and potential replication of a consumer driven model to promote supported independence, personal care assistant recruitment and retention and community living.

Gerontology Network/Senior Care Network of West Michigan, of Grand Rapids, will receive $199,840 for the "Senior Care Network of West Michigan," project developed with the Area Agency on Aging, Senior Meals, Alzheimer's Association, Association for the Blind, Senior Neighbors, Gentiva Health Services and others. It will develop a Virtual Organization model to unify the services to persons needing long-term care and related health care services in western Michigan. The new technology will create a consistent, no wrong door approach for consumers looking for services and improve consumer convenience and service coordination.

Hope Network, of Grand Rapids will receive $80,000 for "Host Families - A New Alternative." The project will explore the feasibility of "host family" or similar alternatives for persons with disabilities and elders who are frail in Michigan.

Resthaven Patrons, Inc., of Holland will receive $185,136 for the "Research Based Person-Centered Dementia Care," project to secure expert training and consultation in the development of a Gentlecare program throughout the Resthaven community for persons with dementia. Working with families, staff, the Alzheimer's Association- West Michigan Chapter, Hospice of Holland and Hope College, the project will improve care across a long-term care residential continuum. It will maximize consumer choice, function and develop a supportive environment that will prevent and reduce incidences of "disruptive and assaultive" behavior.

Alliance for Community Supports, LLC, of Kalamazoo will receive $240,000 for the "Positive Supports for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias & for Aging Adults with Life Long Disabilities" project. It is designed to help families care for a member who may display behaviors that are disruptive or abusive and family members with life long disabilities who are aging. It will provide medical, physical and social rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities and persons with dementia in one center.

Summit Pointe, of Battle Creek, will receive $275,000 for the "Care Weavers Community Health Long Term Care Model Development," to educate consumers and providers, and provide information technology to better serve consumer through a Regional Provider Organization model. Partners in this effort include Community Choice HMO, Venture Behavioral Health and the Long Term Care Consortium of Southwest Michigan. It will more efficiently integrate acute, long-term care and behavioral care and provide comprehensive long-term care through one single entry point.