Engler Announces UP and Northern MI will receive $548,216 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 the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan include:

Copper Country Mental Health, of Houghton will receive $186,000 for the "Innovations in Long Term Care," project to partner with the Human Services Coordinating Body and area service providers to improve long term care services in northwestern Upper Peninsula. The project will enhance caregiver and consumer access, increase supports, expand respite and implement a coordinated system of care to develop the beginning structure of a long-term care Regional Provider Organization model.

UPCAP Services, Inc., of Escanaba, will receive $150,000 for the "Home Care Assistant Training Program," a partnership with Bay de Noc Community College, Michigan Works!, UP home care providers, Lake Superior State University, Northern Michigan University, Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College and Bay Mill Community College. The program will be implemented throughout the U.P. for existing in home providers, workers and caregivers to address area direct care recruitment and retention.

War Memorial Hospital, of Sault Ste. Marie, will receive $49,960 for the "Eastern Upper Peninsula Community Education Initiative" to partner with the Area Agency on Aging, North American Native Elder Care Services, local health departments, regional community action agency, Lake Superior State University, the Human Services Coordinating Body, nursing home facilities and others to replicate the Grand-Kent Successful Aging Program in the Eastern U.P. It will include a Resource Roadmap on Successful Aging outlining long term care services available in the area, videos on successful aging and educational opportunities for family and professional caregivers.

Alpena General Hospital, Alpena will receive $50,000 for the "Certified Nurse Aide/Certified Home Health Aide Training Project," in partnership with Alpena Community College in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties in northeast lower Michigan. The project will reduce the cost and improve the quality of nursing home and home care services.

Catholic Human Services, Inc., of Traverse City will receive $72,321 for the "Senior Outreach Services Program" to partner with Compass Communications, District 4 Health Department, local Commissions on Aging, Area Agency on Aging Region 9 and private providers to expand and replicate the Senior Resource Guide and Compass beyond its current five county area to all 21 counties in northern lower Michigan. The project will increase the ease of access to the full range of long term care services for consumers and family members, through home delivery of resource guides to rural isolated consumers and community education through social service and faith community network.

Northwestern Michigan College-Extended Educational Service, of Traverse City, will receive $39,935 for the "Bay Area Seniors Advocates Community Education Project." Partnering with the Bay Area Senior Advocates coalition, the project will provide information to older adults and service providers. They will develop television programming and written material to educate providers and consumers about long term care services available in the area.