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MDHHS seeking proposals to prevent vulnerable adult abuse

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Aging, Community Living and Supports is seeking proposals to provide services to prevent elder and vulnerable adult abuse.

Eligible applicants include local units of government, non-profits, tribes, and colleges and universities that provide prevention services to populations at risk of elder or vulnerable adult abuse.

MDHHS works to ensure that all people at risk of elder or vulnerable adult abuse have access to preventive services by implementing evidence-based tools and continuous quality improvement systems to enhance laws and regulations to protect our most vulnerable population. Applications must include proposals that fall within one or more of six defined areas:

  • Mediation: Develop programs or processes to support older adults’ choices and decisions. Create mutually acceptable solutions to disputes, preserving independence and choice.
  • Hoarding: Develop programs and/or processes that work with multi-disciplinary partners to address the health, safety and stigma related to hoarding, and resulting in long-term viable solutions.
  • Safe Housing: Identify and develop systems or solutions to assist elder abuse survivors and/or those elders in potential abuse situations to transition to sustainable long-term housing.
  • Forensic Accounting: Improve the prevention and prosecution of financial exploitation.
  • Elder Death Review Team: Develop or expand elder death review teams to work with medical examiners to identify gaps in justice for elder abuse, neglect and exploitation victims, and develop and implement actionable solutions.
  • Investigative Team: Develop or expand investigative teams to work with law enforcement, prosecutors and adult protective services to identify gaps in justice for elder abuse, neglect and exploitation victims, and develop and implement actionable solutions.

Priority will be given to applicants that ensure the plan equitably addresses the needs of all of Michigan’s older adults, especially those with the greatest economic and social needs. This includes older adults of various races and ethnicities; veterans; the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community; adults with disabilities; older adults living with HIV/AIDS; Native Americans; refugees; and those with limited English proficiency.

A strong plan will include how the agency’s proposal will promote, diversity, equity and inclusion; develop and combat ageism; and enhance prevention, detection or response to elder abuse. Projects should support approaches that remove barriers and inequities using evidence-based programs that reduce disparities, addressing social isolation, improving health outcomes, showing collaborations and partnerships, and serving rural and underserved populations. Program deliverables may include tools, guides or other materials that identify risks and gaps to address an unmet need.

The award period is Oct. 1, 2024, through Sept. 30, 2025. MDHHS expects to award approximately $600,000 to up to six applicants, with a minimum award of $75,000 and a maximum award of $150,000 per applicant.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m., Friday, June 20.

A pre-application conference will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, and will last approximately 90 minutes. The webinar can be accessed at

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website and click the "About EGrAMS" link on the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete Request for Proposal document can be accessed on the EGrAMS website in the “Current Grants” section by clicking the “Health and Aging Services Administration” link and accessing the “PRVNT-2025” grant program.

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