Engler Announces Southeast MI will receive $1,905,201 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 Southeast Michigan include:

Corporation for Supportive Housing, of Brighton, will receive $300,000 for the "Supportive Housing Initiative" to develop housing options for person with long term care needs in partnership with the Department of Community Health, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and local agencies. The project will result in 150 additional units of permanent affordable supportive housing in Washtenaw, Allegan, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Wayne, Kalamazoo and Livingston counties, improved consumer control and the reduction of premature institutionalization.

Information Center, Inc/Family Resource Place, of Southgate, will receive $164,900 for "Project Options," to improve information and referral efforts in Area Agencies on Aging Regions 1A, 1 B and 1 C. In partnership with American House and the Heartland Health Care Center in Allen Park, the project will improve consumer knowledge on long-term care choices and financing mechanisms, link consumers to the appropriate services.

Area Agency on Aging 1-B, of Southfield, will receive $180,000 for the "Acute & Long Term Care Coordination Innovations Project," to partner with Personal Home Care and Mt. Clemens General Hospital in Macomb County to develop the structure for a Care Coordination long-term care model.

The Arab-American and Chaldean Council, of Lathrup Village will receive $100,000 for the "Long Term Care for Arab/Chaldean & Other American Elderly," project to implement culturally sensitive long-term care public information, consumer and family education/skill building, counseling for Arab-American elders in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.

American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Chapter, of Detroit, will receive $100,000 for the "Nurse Assistant Training, Recruitment, and Retention Program," to develop, test, and refine a direct care curriculum which prepares direct care staff to work in a variety of long term care settings.

Detroit Area Agency on Aging, will receive $250,000 for the "Detroit Area Care Connection Project" to provide a single point of entry with centralized intake, screening and referral process through a toll free number to individuals with long-term care needs in Detroit and Eastern Wayne County.

Alzheimer's Association - Detroit Area Chapter, of Southfield will receive $225,000 for the "Family Caregiver Project," to partner with all Michigan Alzheimer's Association chapters, the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation and the Huntington's Disease Society of America - Michigan Chapter and professional physical, occupational and speech therapists to provide training on how to care for someone with mid to end stage dementia.

ALS of Michigan, Inc., of Detroit, will receive $150,000 for the "ALS Respite Care Service" project. The project will provide financial assistance to families to obtain periodic respite care services. The project will also develop criteria for home health providers specifically related to caring for individuals with ALS. Additionally, a list of home health providers who specialize in caring for people with ALS will be compiled for families to use as a reference when seeking respite services.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, of Detroit, will receive $247,150 for the "Avenues for Life," project to Partner with St. John Health System, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and the Wayne State Institute of Gerontology to implement a model of Adult Day Services (Avenues for Life). It has a strong rehabilitation component of medical, rehabilitative and therapeutic services to serve the east side of metro Detroit with an expanded transportation area to serve additional consumers in surrounding areas.

Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, of Detroit will receive $150,000 for the Intensive Training Program for Long Term Care Staff project to partner with Hospice of Michigan and Lutheran Social Service of Michigan to conduct an intensive training program for long term care staff. It will allow participants the opportunity to increase their knowledge, attitudes and skills in; "Hospice and End of Life," "Dealing with Difficult Behaviors" and "Nutrition in the long-term care Environment."

Monroe Senior Citizens Center, Inc, will receive $38,151 for the "2001 Health Odyssey: A Quest for the Best Life Has to Offer,"project. The center will partner with a collaborative group of health professionals, public/private partnerships, aging network executives, regional and local agencies on aging and senior centers, local county government representatives, retirees and other consumers to develop a health maintenance/preventive health care series. The project is designed for seniors with chronic health conditions and caregivers to enhance the quality of their lives.