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FY 2018 Area Plan Summary Now Available

5/25/2017 10:03pm

The FY 2018 Draft Plan is now available. Comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. through multiple channels (listed below).

The plan (click here to download the plan) includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan by June 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Individuals may participate by:

  • Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
  • Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
  • Sending a letter 3215 Eaglecrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 5, 2017.  The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 26, 2017, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors.  The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 26, 2017. 

For additional information about the Plan, contact Lacey Charboneau at laceyc@aaawm.org or 616.222.7015.

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Press Release: Public Hearing Announcement

5/9/2017 11:54am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking comment on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for fiscal year 2018. 

“The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan values the feedback of those who reside in our nine county service region.  We encourage the public to attend this hearing and share ideas, comments and ask questions,” says Lacey Charboneau, AAAWM Advocacy Coordinator and Planner.

Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s office on:

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1pm

AAAWM Office

3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE

Grand Rapids, MI  49525-700

Phone:  616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664

As part of AAAWM’s Draft Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2018, the agency will address healthy aging, access to dental care, person-centered planning, elder abuse prevention, creating innovative programs to reach older adults at all stages of aging, support for those caring for seniors, access to services for LGBT elders, and making our communities dementia friendly. 

The Draft AIP will be available for review and/or download on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan website on May 19, 2017.

Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Individuals can submit comments online, through the agency’s Facebook page  by email  or by mailing their comments to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49525.

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Older Americans Act Proposals Released

3/24/2016 9:30am

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.

Region 8 includes the nine counties of Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola. This proposal process is for three years, Fiscal Years 2017- 2019. The funding awarded will be for the first year of the three year proposal, Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).

The defined services that could be funded in this proposal process are:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Caregiver Focal Point
  • Caregiver Education, Support and Training
  • Congregate Meals
  • Counseling
  • Disease Prevention/Health Promotion
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Education
  • Grandparent Education, Support and Training
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Homemaker (outside Kent Co.)
  • Legal Assistance
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Nutrition Education
  • Outreach and Assistance
  • Respite (outside Kent Co.)
  • Senior Center Staffing
  • Transportation – Assisted and Public

Important Dates:

  • April 13, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Proposal Workshop at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan located at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
  • May 2, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.  Proposals Due at the AAAWM office, 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Click here for more information on the proposal process. To access the OAA proposal, click here.

Any questions concerning the proposal process will be answered at the Proposal Workshop. Problems with the documents can be addressed to Anne Ellermets at anne@aaawm.org

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Older Americans Act Proposal Process Begins March 24, 2016

3/16/2016 12:05pm

The next open Older Americans Act (OAA) proposal process begins with the release of the FY 2017-2019 OAA proposal on March 24, 2016.  Any agency interested in submitting a proposal for funding can contact Anne Ellermets, Director of Contract Services & Program Development at anne@aaawm.org before March 24, 2016.  Any agency interested in being placed on the proposer list can send their information to aaainfo@aaawm.org.

The OAA runs on a three year funding cycle. Every three years an open proposal process for OAA funding provides any incorporated entity 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 3 years though funding can vary from year to year. 

For more information on the funding process, visit providers/older_americans_act_providers

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Providers Present Funding Requests

6/11/2015 9:58am

Older Americans Act providers are presenting their funding requests to the Proposal Review Committee Wednesday, June 10  and Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Proposal Review Committee (PRC)  will disperse more than $5 million in funding for FY 2016 (which starts October 1, 2015) throughout our nine county region. Providers meet with the PRC to present their funding requests, give additional details about services provided, and demonstrate the impact they are having in our community. The PRC is made up older adults from our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, representing all nine counties. These dedicated volunteers spend hours reviewing proposals from 28 organizations. Thank you both PRC members and providers for helping make our community a better place for seniors.

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging) for photos

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#1 connie mothersell said:

my sister is 67 years old is some what self suffinent . but still needs superivison. to help with meals and showers, not able to read Iam looking for a group home for her around this area kent county. having difficult finding one dont know how togo about finding one.

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FY 2015 - 2016 Older Americans Act Adult Day Services Proposal

5/13/2014 4:49pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is releasing a single service FY 2015 - 2016 Older Americans Act Adult Day Services Proposal.

Anyone interested in requesting funds to provide Adult Day Services in northeast Kent County must complete the proposal document which will be available online or from AAAWM at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive N.E., Grand Rapids, MI  49525. Questions can be directed to Anne Ellermets at anne@aaawm.org. 

The deadline for returning the proposal to the AAAWM office is 12:00 p.m., noon, on Monday, June 2, 2014.

A proposal workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at AAAWM in Conference Room B.

Click here for proposal.

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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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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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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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Seeking Letters of Intent

9/19/2011 10:00am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking Letters of Intent to provide Long Term Care Ombudsman and Elder Abuse Prevention Education services funded under the Older Americans Act in Region 8. 

Region 8 includes the nine counties of Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola. This Letter of Intent is for one year, Fiscal Year 2012.  The funding awarded will be for October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012.

Click here for service definitions.

Funding levels available are:

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman                               $80.902
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Education                      $14,027

 

The Letter of Intent is Due Friday September 23, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. noon to the Area Agency on Aging of Western MI, 1279 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or to proposal@aaawm.orgClick here for the Letter of Intent.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed and appropriate agencies will be selected to continue in the proposal process.

Questions can be directed to Jackie O’Connor, AAAWM Assistant Director at 616.222.7002 or Jackie@aaawm.org.

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3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 • Fax: 616-456-5692

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