Dementia Care Project Highlights - March 2015

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Dementia Care System Redesign

Project-wide Highlights

  • Prepared “Dementia Care System Redesign: First Year Milestones” for publication.

Community Awareness and Services Team

  • Received approval from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) for the work plan for a grant to provide Memory Care Connections programming for the African-American communities in Milwaukee and Dane Counties.
  • Submitted updated work plan to ACL for consideration for an Alzheimer’s Disease Specialized Supportive Services grant.
  • Received approval to publish the Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit.
  • Presented at the statewide Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA) conference on Dementia Friendly Communities.
  • Presented at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin conference.

Facility Based Long Term Care Team

  • Met with the Board on Aging and Long Term Care (BOALTC) Ombudsmen to report on the status of the Dementia Care System Redesign Plan and to discuss recently completed facility visits.

Crisis Response and Stabilization Team

  • Continued analysis of data from the Crisis Response survey and discussed how to summarize the results.
  • Attended a meeting of the MCO Complex Behaviors Workgroup to learn about the efforts of the Workgroup and consider possible areas for beneficial information sharing and collaboration.
  • Reviewed responses to the Emergency Protective Placement survey and followed up with non-responding counties to encourage completion.

Dementia Care Guiding Principles and Training Team

  • Developed a format for posting the training catalog on the DHS Dementia Care System Redesign website.
  • Provided feedback to UW-Oshkosh following BETA testing for the Dementia Generalist for Healthcare training.
  • Launched the Dementia Training Registry.

Research and Data Team

  • Completed analysis related to the use of county crisis services under HFS 34. Principle findings include:
    • Forty-nine Wisconsin counties billed Medicaid in 2013 for crisis intervention services for 16,000 people, for a total Medicaid cost for these services of $21.8 million.
    • Of these individuals, 505 had a dementia diagnosis.
Last Revised: May 14, 2015