Administration for Community Living Grant totaling nearly $1 Million

On July 7 2021, Fox Valley Memory Project was awarded one of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative awards. This 3 year cooperative agreement, titled Expanding the Continuum of Inclusive Resources for the Dementia Journey in the Fox Valley Region of Wisconsin will provide new programs for people living with dementia, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and care partners.

ACL is a federal division of Department of Health and Human Services that whose mission is to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. 

People living with, or at risk of developing, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), care partners, and families living in the Fox Valley and surrounding rural communities.  

Grant will fund new programs for people with ADRD who live at home alone, individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are at greater risk of developing dementia, and caregivers of people with ADRD in need of specialized care support training. 

Implementation of BRI-CC®, an evidence-based Care Consultation support program throughout the journey of dementia.  Care consultants will proactively assess the person with ADRD and the caregiver and connect them to resources that can fill unmet needs.  This program has statistically shown an improvement in the quality of life for participants and a reduction in health care expenses.  The new program will also provide behavior symptom management training for caregivers.  

This new program will be implemented and administered in partnership with SOAR Fox Cities, who currently supports people with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and their families.  A foundational educational workshop will be delivered by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia.  As part of the workshop, an evidence-informed screening tool, which detects cognitive changes for a person with an IDD, will be implemented.  Additional specific support programs for people with an IDD who are at risk for developing ADRD would also be developed, including Memory Cafés and additional educational opportunities.  

We are currently working on implementation planning in collaboration with the ACL. We are targeting January 2022 for kickoff. 

Over twenty community partner organizations will participate in this project, including Mosaic Family Health, Neuroscience Group, county Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Alzheimer’s Association, United Way Fox Cities, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute – UW Madison Medical College.

The ACL grant requires FVMP to provide matching funds for the new programs, approximately $57,000 in 2022. We already have raised $20,000 of this amount to date and have two generous donors who have offered to match up to $15,000 of additional contributions.

If you would like to specifically support our needs for the ACL grant, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution below.

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