Engler Announces Lansing and Jackson area will receive $1,732.434 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," aid 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 Lansing and Jackson areas include:

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., of Lansing, will receive $250,000 for the Long Term Care Personal Responsibility Project," to partner with its Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors and the Michigan Pension Rights Project and collaborate with other agencies to expand resources for long-term care statewide via pension recoveries. The project will use technology to better inform consumers about long term care financing and legal issues and improve communications between attorneys, hospital discharge planners, care managers, community providers and nursing homes.

Michigan Continuing Care Alliance, of Lansing, will receive $74,400 for "Planning & Analysis Grant" project, to form a corporate entity among several senior services providers including Presbyterian Village of Michigan, Martin Luther Memorial Home, Oakwood Common and Plante and Moran to develop a Regional Provider Organization.

Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council, of Lansing, will receive $80,000 for the "Virtual Organization" project to create an information resource to better connect all 36 Michigan Medical Care Facilities, their professional/business partners, other long-term care organizations, consumers, residents and family members. Through the development of an interactive web site, with links to existing and new Medical Care Facility sites, the project will result in more informed consumers and more long-term care options.

Health Care Association of Michigan, of Lansing, will receive $300,000 for the "Geriatric Crisis Intervention Stabilization Team" in partnership with Hope Network to provide crisis response, staff education and consultation to nursing facilities in southeast Michigan to care for persons whose behaviors may be viewed as disruptive or abusive.

Huntington's Disease Society of America - Michigan Chapter, of Lansing, will receive $48,645 for the "Specialized Community/Individualized Care Planning," project to engage in a public/private partnership with Tendercare Corporation to provide Huntingtons Disease training and consultation program within several Tendercare facilities to better handle associated behavioral symptoms and meet the long-term care needs of consumers with this challenging form of dementia. The project will provide individualized care and planning with consumers in these facilities with Huntingtons, family members, facility staff and other long-term care community providers.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, of East Lansing, will receive $120,000 for the "Assistive Technology and Long Term Care," project to partner with the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan and Michigan Association of Centers for Independent Living to provide training sessions around the state, online resources and listserv to assist health care professionals to better use assistive technology to enable consumers to remain in the communities of their choice when they need long term care.

Michigan Assoc. of Centers for Independent Living, of East Lansing will receive $361,892 for the "Capacity Building in Nursing Home Transition Services" project to continue partnership with the Department of Community Health, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Home and Community Based Services Waiver Agents, Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan and Statewide Council on Independent Living in providing comprehensive transition services to persons with disabilities and older persons who wish to transition from nursing homes to the community.

Tendercare Regional Office, of Okemos, will receive $150,000 for the "Advanced Health Care Provider Training Program." The training will go beyond physical treatment practices to include outcomes that are consumer driven. The staff training models will include segments related to assisting customers in making informed choices related to their care as well as the available resources in their community to meet all of their needs.

Foote Health System, of Jackson, will receive $47,497 for the "Healthy to 100" Community Education Program project to collaborate with the Jackson County Department on Aging, Lifeways and the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging to build on a recent community forum of providers and consumers to provide the (Healthy to 100) educational program. The project will result in; training curriculum and senior resource guide development, community workshops and distribution of materials to physicians and stakeholders.

BEAM, of Lansing will receive $300,000 for "The BEAM Home," project to continue partnering with the Office of Services to the Aging, Department of Consumer and Industry Services, Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman, Michigan County Medical Care Facility Council, Michigan Association of Homes and Services to the Aging, Health Care Association of Michigan, Michigan Public Health Institute and multiple public and private long-term care providers to serve as a central site for the Eden Alternative, a proven system for improving quality of care.