The Advocates’ Guide to the MI Health Link Program
With funding from the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, MEJI created the on-line Advocates’ Guide to the MI Health Link program. MI Health Link will be providing a full range of health care, long term care, and behavioral health services to individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in four regions of the state. The Advocates’ Guide will help advocates, consumers, and service providers navigate the new program and will continue to be updated as MI Health Link evolves.
The most up-to-date version of the guide can be viewed here.
Elder Abuse Prevention Grant
In Spring 2016, MEJI wrote and distributed the first in a series of newsletters for direct care workers in nursing homes providing information on preventing elder abuse and promoting excellence in caring. The first newsletter focused on the Elder Justice Act in response to requests from nursing home administrators and their staff as well as how to report suspected elder abuse. The Summer 2016 newsletter focuses on emotional abuse - what it looks like and tips on how to avoid becoming an abuser. Starting in September 2016, the newsletter will be distributed every other month. September's newsletter was dedicated to less obvious forms of physical abuse - how to avoid it and how to recognize it.
Follow the links below to read our newsletters:
Read more about the Elder Justice Act in our Spring 2016 newsletter here.
Read more about emotional abuse and de-escalation techniques in our Summer 2016 newsletter here.
Read more about physical abuse and prevention in the September 2016 newsletter here.
The Elder Abuse Prevention Grant is funded by the Tri-County Office on Aging.
MI Health Link Ombudsman
The MI Health Link Ombudsman (MHLO) serves as an advocate and problem-solver for beneficiaries enrolled in MI Health Link. All of our services are free, and we keep all beneficiary information confidential. We can:
- Answer questions about MI Health Link
- Help solve problems with care, services, and benefits
- Connect beneficiaries to other resources
- Assist with grievances and appeals, and
- File complaints
We also work with health plans, Pre-Paid Inpatient Health Plans (that offer behavioral health services), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the federal government to spot issues, identify best practices, and offer solutions that will help make the MI Health Link program work better for beneficiaries.
MHLO is a project of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and our partners at the Counsel and Advocacy Law Line, two free legal services programs for low income Michiganians. We provide most of our assistance to beneficiaries through both a toll-free hotline and through email responses to questions and problems.
Read more about the MI Health Link Ombudsman here.
The MHLO is funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Counsel to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
MEJI serves as counsel to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. In that capacity, it provides advice and support to local long term care ombudsman on individual resident's issues, represents long term care consumers in hearings and other advocacy efforts, and works with the State Long Term Care Ombudsman staff to provide systemic advocacy and support for both long term care consumers and the ombudsman program.
Michigan Voices for Better Health
MEJI is partnering with the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition to promote consumer-focused policies and practices in the development and implementation of MI Health Link, Michigan’s Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles demonstration project. This project will advocate for and with individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in the four demonstration regions of the state. MEJI is grateful for funding to support this work from Atlantic Philanthropies and for technical assistance and support from Community Catalyst.
On-line Elder Abuse Training for Legal Services Lawyers
Under a contract from the United States Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, MEJI partnered with the National Center for Abuse in Later Life to create on-line training for legal services lawyers on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The first four (of six) modules are now available by registering at https://www.ovcttac.gov/views/dspLegalAssistance.cfm?tab+1#onlinetraining for the on-line elder abuse training for legal services providers.
Local Ombudsman Contracts
Under contracts with Tri-County Office on Aging and Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, MEJI houses the local long term care ombudsman program for Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties. In Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties, the local ombudsman also has a contract to provide education on elder abuse prevention.
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program was created to help address the quality of care and quality of life of residents of licensed long term care facilities (nursing facilities, homes for the aged, and adult foster care). It works to improve the long term care system, to represent residents, and to monitor the development of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and policies. The Ombudsman Program is authorized in the Older Americans Act and the Older Michiganians Act.