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Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

Diabetes Self Management Education logoAre you or a loved one having to think about or take care of diabetes? Don't go it alone!

Helpful professionals will listen and help you make a plan to feel better, reduce diabetes complications and improve your health. It's called Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES).

What do diabetes educators do? They:

  • Find out what your needs are for caring for or managing your diabetes.
  • Find out what your personal goals are for managing or preventing diabetes, or its complications.
  • Help you design a plan of action to make changes that meet your goals but still fit into your life.
  • Give you the tools and know-how you need to take care of your diabetes.
  • Support you now and in the future as you live with and manage diabetes.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support sounds like a lot. But, really, it is all about YOU and what you want!

Feel better when living with diabetes. Professional diabetes educators and DSMES can help!

Hospital or Health Department Based Programs in Michigan (Accept Medicaid and Other Insurance)

View a map of Michigan DSMES locations

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Who is Eligible?

  • People with diabetes that are newly diagnosed
  • have had a change in treatment or condition
  • have never received comprehensive diabetes self-management education

Meeting these conditions does not assure coverage. Most people can meet with their diabetes educator yearly as needed.

Four Critical Times To Consider a Referral to DSMES

In June, 2015, a joint statement regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support was released by the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  1. At Diagnosis: All newly diagnosed persons with type 2 diabetes should receive DSME.
  2. Annually: All persons with diabetes should have a review of education, nutrition and emotional needs.
  3. When new factors influence self-management, such as physical, emotional, or psychosocial changes.
  4. When transitions in care happen, including living situation, insurance or doctor changes.

Read the entire statement- Joint Statement Outlines Guidance on Diabetes Self-Management Education, Support.

Find American Diabetes Association (ADA) approved programs in Michigan
Find Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) approved programs

ADA/ADCES programs may not meet the requirements to accept Medicaid.

Certification Program - Information for Providers

DSME locations in MichiganThe Certification Process

The certification process is based on National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, MDHHS, Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists and American Diabetes Association requirements. Programs that provide DSME are required to:

  • Use an instructional team that maintains current knowledge in diabetes management, behavioral interventions, and skills in teaching, learning and counseling
  • Focus on individualized educational planning, even in group settings
  • Implement a continuous quality improvement process

Site visits are made to review implementation of the national standards and to provide consultation and technical assistance.

Certified programs are partners of the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and part of a large network of agencies involved in diabetes preventive care and education.

Consultation is provided at no charge to eligible programs interested in obtaining certification.

Certification Program Coordinator:

  Kim Lombard, MS, RD, CDE
  Phone: 517-335-4924

Apply For Certification

Individual and group applications are available. Please contact Kim Lombard to obtain the appropriate form.

Documents For Certified Programs

Policies regarding annual reports, telemedicine for DSMES, and the Standards for DSMES with MDHHS review criteria are available by contacting Kim Lombard.

For forms related to site visits, report completion or sample templates contact:

Kim Lombard, MS, RD, CDE
Certification Program Coordinator
Phone: 517-335-4924