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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

6/27/2013 9:20am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2014 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013.Click here to access the Letter of Intent.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room C at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 9, 2013 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 9, 2013.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 7, 8, or 9, 2013.  Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms in early August.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

The 2014 funding level is expected to remain unchanged from the $6.08 million allocated in 2013.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers  and look under Resources.

 

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

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Senior of the Year Awarded to James White

6/13/2013 12:00am

Please join us in congratulating Commissioner James White on receiving the Senior Citizen of the Year award from the Office of Services to the Aging. Commissioner White, an AAAWM Board Member and longtime community leader, has been volunteering his time and talents throughout West Michigan for over 40 years. He was honored at Older Michiganians Day in Lansing on June 4, 2013. The event was attended by 800 older adult advocates, including 40 from our region. Congratulations Commissioner and thank you for your service to older adults and to the entire West Michigan community!

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We Have Moved!

5/13/2013 9:00am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan has moved to our new office, 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. All phone numbers and staff emails will remain the same. Click on the map below to get directions to our new facility
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Area Plan Now Available

5/3/2013 2:55pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is charged with developing an Area Plan on Aging for the next three years and is inviting the public to comment on the plan for fiscal years 2014-2016.

The plan includes goals, objectives and funding allocations for older adult services provided through state and federal funding.  Coverage area includes Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Click here to view a draf copy of the plan. Public comment will be accepted electronically through June 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. by emailing aiplan@aaawm.org or by clicking here to complete a survey.

Public Hearing Schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mecosta County Senior Center (12954 80th Avenue, Mecosta, MI 49332)
  • Monday June 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s new office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting following the Public Hearing.  Recommendations made will be considered by the AAAWM Board of Directors at their meeting on June 24, 2013.

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#1 Eleanor Nielsen said:

Just a comment sweeties. The date of our Board of Directors meeting should be June 24, 2013.
Hugs to all,
Eleanor
The plan looks totally complete and fabulous to me.

#2 Webmaster said:

Eleanor, thank you for catching that typo! The correct date is now listed.

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Older Americans Act Proposal Open

4/28/2013 11:20am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking proposals to provide contracted services funded under the Older Americans Act in Region 8.  This is a separate funding stream that provides services to clients who may not be receiving services through the MI Choice Waiver or Care Management program.

This proposal process is for three years, Fiscal Years 2014- 2016. The funding awarded will be for the first year of the three year proposal, Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014).

Additional Information:

Any questions concerning the proposal process will be answered at the Proposal Workshop.

Important Dates

  • April 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. - Proposal Workshop at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Conference Room, 1279 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
  • May 13, 2013 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Proposals due at the AAAWM office, 3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525. No proposals accepted after this date.
Please note that our agency will be moving on Monday, May 6th through Wednesday, May 8th.  It is not recommended to drop off proposals during this time.

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FY 2014 State Budget

4/25/2013 4:25pm

Funding increases are needed for programs to help older adults stay independent in their own home. The MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program and the Office of Services to the Aging save the state money and meet the needs of a growing senior population. Action needs to be taken today to protect Michigan seniors!

What you can do:

PLEASE contact your legislators and ask them to support the Governor’s $18 million proposed funding increase in the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program, and a 5% increase in OSA funding. If your legislators already support this funding, be sure to say THANK YOU! A list of state Senators and Representatives for our 9 counties follows:

Talking Points:

  • The Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) has taken $10 million in funding cuts between 2009 and 2011 (27%). This at a time when more and more seniors are requiring services.  The OSA provides programs such as Meals-on-Wheels, home-based and community services, and volunteer programs. These programs, funded by non-Medicaid funds, are also major contributors to keeping older adults in their own homes and out of expensive Medicaid funded nursing homes beds.  The dollar savings to the state are very clear.
  • Meals-on-Wheels, an OSA funded program,  was cut by $3.3 million from 2009-2011. An additional       $500,000 was cut from this vital program this year by the federal sequester! The value of a home       delivered meal is obvious. Less apparent is the intangible benefit:  a Meals-on-Wheels delivery person       may be the only person an older adult sees all week. The value of that human interaction to the senior is immeasurable.
  • The program saves the state money. MI Choice Medicaid Wavier program, which includes the Nursing Facility Transition program costs an average of $52/day compared to average nursing home costs of $172/day.
  • The Nursing Facility Transition Program (NFT) has immediate savings. Because the program transitions individuals out of a more costly nursing facility, there is immediate savings to the state and taxpayers. Last year over 1,600 people transitioned state-wide saving Medicaid roughly $38 million.

 

Who to Contact:

Rick Snyder--Governor  (517) 373-3400   Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov

 

Representatives:                                        

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MI Choice Accepting Clients

4/16/2013 2:12pm

The MI-Choice Waiver (MI Choice) program is now accepting new clients as the waiting list will now allow individuals who qualify to receive an assessment within a few months.

MI-Choice helps individuals remain in the community who meet medical eligibility guidelines for nursing facility care. The program also offers help for those who have entered a nursing facility and need services in order to return to the community.   Below are some of the eligibility requirements:

  • Adults age 65 or older and certified disabled adults ages 18 to 64
  • Gross income less than $2,130 per month (2013) from all sources.  A spouse’s income is not counted.
  • Medicaid eligible even with a spenddown or willing to become eligible.
  • Participants must need one or more MI-Choice Waiver services such as personal care, homemaking, medication management, in home respite for caregivers, a personal emergency response system, etc.

Please contact AAAWM Intake department at 1-800-456-5664.  We accept referrals Monday through Friday from 8 to 5.

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#1 DANIEL OAKS said:

How do we apply for MI Choice?

#2 Webmaster said:

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is a Waiver Agent for the MI Choice program. To apply for services through the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program please call our main number, (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664, and ask for the Intake Department.

#3 christine quigley said:

I am just little upset over the fact that I have worked my entire adult life from 18 to 55 when I became disabled and I am about $400 over the limit to receive any help for my meds however people I know that have been on govt. assistance programs raising their children and are now on ssi can still receive more benefits from the gov. for healthcare than someone who has worked and paid way more into the system.

#4 Webmaster said:

Christine, thank you for your comment on our website. Would you like to have your comment passed along to our intake department? If so, they would contact you and discuss your individual situation to see if there is any available assistance.

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From the Executive Director

3/25/2013 5:00pm

Frail low-income older adults will receive fewer home delivered meals and other vital home care services due to implementation of the federal sequester. As of March 1, funding for Older Americans Act programs across the country was reduced approximately 5%. That means fewer services for struggling older adults who need services the most.

In this region, about $140,000 in service funding will be lost. Unfortunately, the funding reduction is impacting programs that have already taken hits. State funding for meals and home care programs was cut 28% over a recent three year period. State funding for home delivered meals is at virtually the same level as 1997. Obviously, costs have risen significantly during that time frame. And the older adult population has increased by more than 25%. Adding to the challenge of serving older adults is the reduction in senior millage funding due to declining property values.

Consequently, meals and other services have been cut.  Waiting lists grow across the state and country.  Older adults who have given so much to our communities go without help.

AAAWM staff hopes to offset the cuts for this year by using unallocated funding and reserves.  However it will be impossible to continue that in future years if there are additional cuts. According to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Republicans and Democrats are so far apart on budget issues that the threat of more reductions is very real.

So if people tell you that not much has changed due to sequestration, share with them how older adults across the country are trying to get by with less.  Also, contact your U.S. Senators and Congressman about the impact of sequestration. Older adults need your advocacy support.    

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#1 Diane Zandstra said:

It is a disgrace that we send money by the millions overseas, pay millions for services for illegal aliens, and lavish life styles for our President and statesmen and then have this. Those in government should be ashamed! I am.

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Area Agencies on Aging Conference

3/25/2013 4:30pm

The Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan is hosting its 26th annual conference Embracing Innovation on May 9-May 10 at the Kellog Center in East Lansing. Click here for more information.

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Proposal Process Opens

2/18/2013 1:00pm

Every three years an open proposal process takes place for Older Americans Act funding. During this time any incorporated entity has the opportunity to submit a proposal to provide one or more of the defined fundable services. If an agency is selected, their contract will remain in effect for three years, though funding amount may vary from year to year.

The proposal process will begin on April 8, 2013 with proposals due to the agency on May 13, 2013. Check back here for more information in April, such as proposal format.         

For more information on the process, visit www.aaawm.org/providers/older_americans_act_providers

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