REPORT ON THE MEETING OF THE

MICHIGAN COMMISSION ON SERVICES TO THE AGING

Ramada Lansing Hotel & Conference Center – Regency Room

7501 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, Michigan

August 15, 2014 @9:00 AM

I.OSA Director Report

Flooding in Southeast Michigan

I’m sure many of you have heard of the extreme flooding that occurred in Southeast Michigan. OSA has been working closely with the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation. Steve Betterly and Sherri King in our office have been working closely with the AAA’s in the impacted areas to ensure older adults are safe and have access to food. In addition, staff from Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is on-site at long-term care facilities to make sure individuals are safe. OSA and the AAA’s will continue to monitor the situation and assist individuals as necessary. Kudos to Steve, Sherri and everyone involved in the aging network for their willingness to assist older adults in their time of need.

FY 2015 Annual Implementation Planning Update

It’s that time of year again – time for Annual Implementation Plan review! Just a friendly reminder, the Commission meeting will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. We are starting earlier to give each AAA 30 min. to present their plan and answer questions. During the Aug. 15 CSA meeting AAA 1-A, 1-C, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be reviewed. The rest will be taken up on Sept. 19. A big shout out to all the AAA directors and their staff for all the work they put into these plans.

Ombudsman Program Update

As you know, the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program RFP process closed on July 30. No bids were received so the program is staying in-house until further notice. We can discuss in more detail at the meeting, but it is business as usual!

DIFS Partnering with Aging Network to Launch Reinventing MI Retirement Toolkit

During his special message on aging, Gov. Snyder urged the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to create a financial toolkit for older adults to help them plan for retirement and reach financial security as they age.

On Oct. 20 DIFS will hold one large kickoff event in Troy and several other mini-events all across Michigan to launch the toolkit. It will be marketed to adults age 50 and older. OSA has been working with our aging network partners to identify sites and do marketing and outreach in each planning and service area that will host each event. More information can be found at: http://michigan.gov/difs/0,5269,7-303-12902_28358_69282-334268–,00.html

Support for Seniors Strong during the Primary Election

Of the more than 50 senior service millages in Michigan up for approval or rejection in Michigan, all but one passed during the Aug. 5 primary. Keeler Township in Van Buren County was the only millage that failed.

Integrated Care – MI Health Link

OSA, in partnership with the Medical Services Administration (MSA), is applying for a CMS grant to provide beneficiary support through outreach, education, and counseling so that each person can make an informed decision about MI Health Link and choosing an Integrated Care Organization. The goal is for the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) and the Aging and Disability Resource Collaborations to work with enrollees to ensure they receive information that is unbiased, objective and understandable by highly-trained, trusted sources.

Lynn Kellogg Wins President’s Award

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) awarded Lynn Kellogg, president and CEO of the Region 4 Area Agency on Aging, with the 2014 President’s Award last month for her lifetime contributions to the mission of helping seniors. Congrats Lynn!

II.Business Items

a)Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency/Region 9 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Presented by Dan Doezema, OSA Staff

Approved: $4,599,045

b)Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Northwest Michigan, Region 10 AAA Presented by Dan Doezema, OSA Staff Approved: $4,830,353

c) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Region 1A Presented by Laura McMurtry, OSA Staff
Approved: $8,314,633

d) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for The Senior Alliance, Inc., Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Region 1C Presented by Laura McMurtry, OSA Staff
Approved: $7,700,436

e) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Region IV Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Presented by Eric Berke, OSA Staff
Approved: $3,129,905

f) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Region VII Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Presented by Eric Berke, OSA Staff

Approved: $8,070,695

g) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Western Michigan, Region 8 Presented by Eric Berke, OSA Staff
Approved: $7,732,137

h) Request for Approval of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for Tri-County Office on Aging, Region 6 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Presented by Steve Betterly, OSA Staff
Approved: $3,335,809

i)Request for Approval for Distribution of Long Term Care Ombudsman Title VII/A Funding – Amended Amount Presented by Sarah Slocum, OSA Staff
An increase of $30,000 to a previously approved $140,000 federal funding. The funds will be used to support local ombudsman services.
Approved

j)Request for Approval of Third-Year FY 2014/15 Grants for the Administration on Community Living (ACL) Grant for Expansion of Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSME) Programs Presented by Wendi Middleton, OSA Staff
Funds for the third year of the Empowering Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities through CDSME Programs financed by 2012 Prevention and Public Funds grants.

GRANTEE GRANT AMOUNT
Senior Alliance, Region 1C $55,000
Region 3B AAA $55,000
Region 9 AAA $55,000
AAANWM, Region 10 $10,000
AAA/UCAP, Region 11 $55,000
MDRC $50,000
MSU $50,000
TOTAL: $330,000 Approved

k)Request for Approval of Year One FY 2014/15 -17 Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs Financed Solely by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds Grants Presented by Wendi Middleton, OSA Staff
$400,000 grant from the Administration on Community Living spread over two years to fund Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs. $135,000 will be retained by OSA and used for grant-required funding for our partner the MDCH Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control ($37,500), for OSA staff time for monitoring and technical assistance, for required travel, and for statewide training sessions.

GRANTEE GRANT AMOUNT
Tri-County Office on Aging, Region 6 $88,334
Region 7 AAA $88,333
Senior Resources, Region 14 $88,333
Approved

l)Request for Approval of FY 2014/15 Personal Care Workers’ (PCW) Pilot Program Background Checks Grant to Region 3B Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Presented by Wendi Middleton, OSA Staff
A grant in the amount of $25,972 to Region 3-B AAA to continue the three-year PCW Pilot Program Background Checks project, now in year two.

GRANTEE FY 2013/2014 CARRYOVER FY 2014/2015 GRANT
3-B AAA $12,579 $13,393

m)Request for Approval of FY 2014/15 Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems Grant (Elder Rights Charter) to Elder Law of Michigan (ELM) Presented by Wendi Middleton, OSA Staff
A grant in the amount of $164,500 for the second year of a three-year grant. Objectives include (1) completing statewide legal services capacity assessment; (2) developing effective outreach strategies for reaching rural and vulnerable populations; (3) expanding/enhancing the legal services data system; (4) enhancing partnerships with elder rights program, Aging & Disability Resource Collaborations, and law school clinics; (5) implementing a statewide legal training agenda for elder rights advocates and other professionals. Approved

III.Informational Items

a)Senior Project FRESH Update Presented by Sherri King, OSA Staff
HIGHLIGHTS
√ 82 counties participate. Gogebic County does not.
√ 88 lead agencies distribute coupons. They include Area Agencies
on Aging, COAs, MSU Extension, Community Action Agencies and Partnerships, Senior Centers, and Housing Authorities.
√ Each lead agency receives 100 coupon books at no charge to them. Each book contains ten $2 coupons.
√ 38 lead agencies have purchased additional books.
√ There are 2,766 farmers, represented by 285 Market Masters, who are registered with OSA to accept coupons.
√ Otsego County is piloting a transportation program. They are giving each participant a bus token to and from the market.

FUNDING
Federal (USDA) $204,480 for coupons; $22,720 for adminstration
State (OSA admin) $20,000 for coupons
Local (counties) $257,802 for coupons
Wisewoman (MDCH) $28,700 for coupons

IV.Announcements

The next Commission on Services to the Aging meeting will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Ramada Lansing Hotel & Conference Center, located at 7501 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI. Please note this meeting is open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend can do so..

The next State Advisory Council on Aging meeting will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

Submitted by Commissioner Michael J. Sheehan

Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging and

Chairman, State Advisory Council on Aging

Michael Sheehan

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