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Special Programs

Special programs have been developed and implemented over the years to complement core aging services offered through Michigan's aging network.

Aging and Disability Resource Collaboration (ADRC)

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration have been helping states streamline processes and create plans to create a single "No Wrong Door" system for persons seeking long-term supports and services. Michigan's "No Wrong Door" system is called the Michigan Aging and Disability Resource Collaboration.

Age Friendly Michigan

In October 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared Michigan’s commitment to be the first state in the Midwest and the sixth in the nation to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly states, reflecting the desire to make communities more livable for people of all ages, especially older adults.

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent program provides a way for volunteers aged 55 or older to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Michigan's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program provides advocacy and information to individuals in need of long-term supports and services, particularly those living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. Michigan's appointed long-term care Ombudsman also provides training, oversight, and management of statewide Ombudsman programs.

Michigan Medicare Assistance Program (MMAP)

MMAP works through the Area Agencies on Aging to provide quality, accessible health benefit information and counseling. It is supported by a statewide network of paid and unpaid skilled professionals.

Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) Initiative

Michigan's Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) initiative seeks to implement tools and systems to detect and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in Michigan. 

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP)

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for adults aged 55 or older. Service opportunities vary between communities.

Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion program provides a way for volunteers aged 55 or older to make a difference in the lives of other adults by providing assistance and friendship to those who have difficulty with activities of daily living and to help them maintain their independence.

Senior Project Fresh Program

Senior Project Fresh is a seasonal nutrition program that provides qualified older adults with coupons to be used in exchange for fresh, locally-grown produce from authorized Michigan farmers' markets and roadside stands.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for unemployed low-income adults aged 55 or older.

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Communities for a Lifetime

The Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration is proud to highlight communities across the state that have been recognized for engaging in an assessment and improvement planning process through the Community for a Lifetime (CFL) program to help make their community more "age-friendly."