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Single Point of Entry Bill May Pass in Lame Duck Session

MPLP Winter 2007 Elder Law Section Newsletter Article

Issue 32, Winter 2007

Single Point of Entry Bill May Pass
in Lame Duck Session;
    Four Single Point of Entry Demonstration Projects now Open Across the State

    HB 5389, the Single Point of Entry legislation that would provide one stop shopping for long term care consumers who need information, assessments, and help developing their long term care plan, has passed the Michigan House of Representatives and is now pending in the State Senate.  Although the Senate will be in session for only a few days before the end of the year, it is still possible that this bill can move forward.  Otherwise, of course, it will have to be reintroduced in the next legislative session and pass both houses before going to the Governor for her signature.

    Meanwhile, on October 1, four Single Points of Entry demonstration sites opened in Detroit (serving Detroit, all the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, and Highland Park),  Southwest Michigan (serving Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties), Grand Rapids (serving Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Mountcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties) and Escanaba (serving all of the Upper Peninsula).  Although they are not yet providing full services, consumers in the areas covered by one of the SPEs can contact them for information at 1-866-642-4582 (MICHLTC) and will be routed to their local SPE.  Callers to that number from areas outside the covered areas should be routed to an agency that can provide them  with some information about resources in their area. These initial four SPEs should be providing full services by January 1, 2007 to consumers in their areas of the state.


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