Michigan State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In 2003, the Michigan Dementia Plan Steering Committee released the state’s first Dementia Plan in partnership with the Department of Community Health. The Committee, which was composed of state agency, academic and advocacy organizations, and health care providers gathered significant stakeholder feedback to issue recommendations around public health, dementia training, caregiver support and access to home- and community-based services (HCBS). The Michigan Dementia Coalition — a collaborative group of community agencies, universities, dementia caregivers, and state government officials concerned about dementia and related conditions — led the development of the Michigan Dementia Plan Update: 2009-2011 and the 2019-2022 Roadmap for Creating a Dementia Capable Michigan. The recent Roadmap calls for increased access to HCBS, support for caregivers and an increase in the number of geriatricians practicing in the state.
Michigan 2023 Policy Priorities
Establish a Dementia Unit Matching Fund Pool
Following tremendous advocacy, Michigan recently funded and established a Dementia Unit within the Department of Health and Human Services. The Dementia Unit is responsible for coordinating Michigan’s response to dementia across state government. The Alzheimer's Association is urging state lawmakers to appropriate an additional $250,000 to establish a Dementia Unit Matching Fund Pool that will use federal grants for the creation of pilot programs, increase public awareness, and provide caregiver support for all those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
Ensure Equal Protections for People Living with Dementia
People living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia are among our most vulnerable residents, and they often rely on state laws and regulations to ensure their protection, comfort and safety. Many of these laws and regulations were created before there was a full understanding of the devastating impact of dementia, and therefore do not include dementia-competent procedures that ensure better outcomes. The Alzheimer’s Association is advocating for legislation that will ensure people living with dementia are treated equally to those with other chronic conditions, and that a dementia diagnosis does not lead to unexpected and unequal protections under the law.
Promote Neurology in Michigan
There are 190,000 Michiganders who have Alzheimer’s; a number expected to rise by nearly 16% by 2025. Treatment and proper care for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia relies on the timely detection and diagnosis. In Michigan, the Essential Provider Program provides funding to pay off student loans for physicians and other health care professions that practice in underserved areas of the state. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state legislators to address the shortage of neurologists in Michigan by expanding Michigan’s Essential Provider Program to include neurology to ensure people living with dementia have access to the health care specialists they need.
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State Affairs Contact: Colin Ford
people living with Alzheimer’s in Michigan
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Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
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increase of geriatricians in Michigan needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Michigan
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Michigan policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.