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Kent County Senior Millage Open House

10/1/2013 2:50pm

On Friday, October 18, the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will take place at Kentwood Christian Church (5841 Kalamazoo Ave SE). Provided in collaboration with the Advocates for Senior Issues, the open house will allow guests to visit booths of all 31 Senior Millage providers to find out more information and ask questions.

The Advocates for Senior Issues is also opening their monthly meeting up to the general public, allowing guests to hear more information on the Millage as well as a presentation from Bob Fox, Michigan Senior Advocates Council.

The Advocates meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 11:00 a.m. and the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will last from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The community is welcome to attend both or just stop by for one or the other.  Light lunch and door prizes will be provided during the Millage Open House.

Click here to view and print the Open House flyer

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Kent County Senior Millage Flu Shots

8/27/2013 1:40am

The Kent County Senior Millage is again funding flu shots for Kent County Residents age 60 to 64. AngelCare Home Care will be providing shots at a number of locations throughout West Michigan, including multiple Senior Neighbors senior centers, starting on September 16. Click here to see locations, dates and times. For more information on the flu shot clinics, contact AngelCare Home Care (phone number listed below)

For more information on the Kent County Senior Millage flu shots, contact

  • AngelCare at (616) 245-8899
  • Catherine's Health Center at (616) 336-8000

 

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Senior Millage 2013 Funding Process Continues

8/28/2012 2:54pm

Current service providers have received their continuation of funding forms. The forms are due to the AAAWM office by noon (12:00 p.m.) on Monday, September 10, 2012.  No exceptions.

Unfortunately the senior millage will have to take the largest cut ever sense the property values have started to decrease.  The Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) will have to decide where a 5.1% decrease in service must occur. That equates to $321,425 less in service dollars than was allocated in 2012. Not an easy decision to make sense the number of older adults grows daily (10,000 people a day turn 60 years old) across the country.

Despite the reduction in funding the KCMRC will consider two new proposals.  One is for home chore and the other is for weatherization.  These proposals could offer an option to existing service providers of the same service.

The KCMRC will meet for their intensive week of presentations and discussions October 8 -12, 2012. Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities along with performance of current service providers. To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers and look under Resources.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent No Longer Accepted

8/7/2012 11:00am

Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent were due on July 30, 2012 for the 2013 funding process.  The Kent County Millage Review Committee is reviewing the documents and will notify those who have been selected to submit a full proposal. 

Letters of Intent for will not be accepted again until July 1, 2013 for the 2014 funding process.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

6/27/2012 3:50pm

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2013 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 30, 2012. Clicke 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 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 1279 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 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.  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 10, 2012 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 10, 2012.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 8, 9 or 10, 2012.  Please save those dates to ensure 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.

A 3 - 4% decrease in millage funding is expected for 2013 compared to the $6.4 million allocated in 2012.

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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Comments Needed for Annual Plan

5/24/2012 1:30pm

The Draft FY 2013 Area Implementation Plan (AIP) is ready for public comment.   The Plan describes how federal Older Americans Act and state funds will be spent to support community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties.  Older persons, service providers, elected officials, advocates, and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed Plan at a public hearing which will be conducted on:

Monday June 4, 2012
1:00 pm

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
1279 Cedar Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.456.5664

AAAWM will also accept written comments on the Draft FY 2013 AIP that are received by June 10, 2012.  Written comments may be sent to AAAWM at the above address, submitted at the hearing, or emailed to AAAWM at AIPlan@aaawm.org.

The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights of the FY 13 AIP, with the majority of the time allotted for public review and comment.   We encourage participants to come to the hearing with comments and questions.

Click here to access the Draf FY 2013 Area Implementation Plan

For additional information about the hearing, or provisions of the Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at (616) 222-7012.  We look forward to hearing your comments on our proposed Plan to respond to the needs of older adults, adults with disabilities, and their family members residing in Region 8.

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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

5/17/2012 3:30pm

Legislators will be making 2013 budget decisions soon. Please contact them regarding funding for senior programs Right now, there are home and community based programs for older adults that work and save the state and the taxpayers millions of dollars annually – but they are underfunded.

MI Choice: Long-term care at home that saves Medicaid dollars- Medicaid-funded nursing home beds cost taxpayers on average $172/day; MI Choice allows eligible people to remain at home with supports that cost on average $52/day.  There aren't enough MI Choice dollars to meet the needs of all who wish to join; 8,000 people still wait.

MI Choice Nursing Facility Transition Program (NFTI)- NFTI transitions Medicaid clients in nursing homes who want to leave but face barriers such as not having an accessible home, or needing services and supports to stay at home. Last year, over 1,600 people were transitioned; 3,000 people still wait. Proposed funding for 2013 will only fund the program for two months, yet according to Governor Snyder’s 2012 Executive Budget, NFTI has saved the state $65 million since 2008!

In-Home Services help people manage their own resources- Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) programs help older adults stay in their own homes through programs like Meals on Wheels, home and community based services, and volunteer programs.
Money for these programs has been cut 28% ($10 million) over the past few years while demand for these services has grown.

Contact these members of the Conference Committee (listed below) and urge them to fund:


$11 million to reduce the wait list for MI Choice
$23 million for the Nursing Facility Transition Program in the MI Choice budget—to meet the goal of 1,600 transitions in 2013.
$1.1 million to Office of Services to the Aging plus a 5% increase in each of the next three years. This will partially restore the $10 million in funding cuts over the past three years.

 

Conference Committee Members:

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Public Hearing Notice

5/14/2012 4:10pm

The AAAWM Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at  1:00 pm at the  Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (1279 Cedar Street NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503). The purpose of the hearing is to listen to public comments regarding services for older adults in west Michigan.

 

Agenda

Welcome:  Robert Sundholm, AAAWM Advisory Council Chair

Draft Plan & Hearing Process:  Sandra Ghoston-Jones, Planner

Public Comments: Robert Sundholm

  The Chair will request each member of the public to

  • (1) introduce him or herself and
  • (2) comment as they choose.

 

  Speakers are encouraged to present their opinions concisely.

  Every person will be heard once before any person is invited to comment a second time.

 

Concluding Remarks:  Advisory Council Members

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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

5/10/2012 4:45pm

The Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) program is in jeopardy. The Governor’s budget allocates $11 million to serve people on the MI Choice waiting list, but only $3.1 million for NFT, enough to continue the program for only two months.  This would mean over 1,000 people would be forced to remain in nursing homes when they could live in the community at a much lower cost to the state.  An additional $22 million is needed for NFT in fiscal year 2013.    

What You Can Do:

Contact these members of the Conference Committees, thank them for their past support of MI Choice and nursing facility transitions, and ask them to approve $11 million for the MI Choice waiting list and $25 million for nursing facility transitions in the MI Choice budget for FY 2013. 

 

Here are some talking points:

  • The Nursing Facility Transition allows people to live where they choose and is cost effective, costing an average of $60/day compared with a nursing home cost of $172/day.  NFT is part of the MI Choice Medicaid home and community-based waiver.
  • Last year, the transition program helped more than 1,600 people move from a nursing home back to the community with an immediate cost savings to the state.  Each person faced barriers that prevented them from returning home on their own.
  • According to Governor Snyder’s 2012 Executive Budget, NFT has saved the state $65 million since 2008.
  • There are 8,000 people on the MI Choice waiting list.  Individuals are forced to wait many months, even years to enter the program.

Background:

The Nursing Home Transition (NFT) is part of the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program.  NFT is a cutting edge program that has gained national attention for successfully transitioning people in nursing homes who want to leave but face barriers.  Barriers can include losing their home, not having an accessible home, and needing services and supports to stay at home.  Last year, over 1,600 people were transitioned; data suggest that every year about 3,000 people in nursing homes are candidates for NFT.    

NFT saves the state money because it targets people on Medicaid who cost an average of $172/day in a nursing home, compared with an average of $60/day in their own home.  It is estimated that $25 million will be needed next year to transition another 1,600 people. 

Legislators are now crafting the state’s FY 2013 budget, and the final decisions will be made by joint House-Senate Conference Committees.  We need to convince committee members to approve the Governor’s request for $11 million to serve the MI Choice waiting list, and also provide the $25 million in funding necessary to transition 1,600 people from nursing homes next year.

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