July 25, 2017
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Dementia Capable Wisconsin: DHS Awards Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants to Seven Wisconsin Counties

Awards part of state effort to ensure appropriate, efficient response in times of crisis

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today it has awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to seven counties to work collaboratively with local partners to increase the dementia-capability of their crisis response systems. This is the second round of Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants to help counties develop community based-strategies to improve crisis planning, response and stabilization for people with dementia.

“The focus on improving dementia-related crisis response is part of a broader effort by DHS and partners across the state to create a more Dementia-Capable Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “The ultimate goal is to help ensure people with dementia get appropriate care in times of need, so they can live their best quality of life throughout the course of the disease.”

The Round Two Dementia Crisis Innovation grant recipients include:

  • Brown County            $60,000
  • Dane County              $48,804
  • Dodge County            $67,431
  • La Crosse County       $62,685
  • Milwaukee County     $67,431
  • Polk County                $30,243
  • Waukesha County      $58,500

The Round Two grants are for the period July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. Promising practices developed as a result of the Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants will be included in a toolkit to be shared with other counties. Last year, six counties or county collaborations shared a total of over $300,000 in Round One of the grant.

In 2015, it was estimated that 115,000 Wisconsin residents had Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. By the year 2040, that number is expected to increase to 242,000 people.

The Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants are part of the Dementia Care System Redesign that includes the Dementia-Friendly Communities Tool Kit and the Dementia-Friendly Employers Tool Kit, among other resources to help people who are diagnosed with dementia and the people who care for them.