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Senior Times - February 2020
Update On Your
     CALHOUN COUNTY SENIOR MILLAGE PROGRAM CHANGES
Calhoun County Senior Services serves county residents, age 60 and over with funds generated through Senior Millage. First authorized by voters in 1996, Senior Millage rais- es almost $3 million, which funds over 22 different service programs. Ten trusted nonprofit organizations partner with Calhoun County Senior Services to collaboratively provide services, which range from Senior Transportation through Community Action, to exercise class offered by Senior Health Partners, to Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) through Senior Services of SW Michigan in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, CareWell Services SW.
afford needed eyeglasses or hear-
ing aids should now call CareWell Services SW at (269) 441-0930 to see if they qualify. Interested seniors can also find applications for the pro- grams at the following locations:
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and over with funds generated through Senior Millage. All spend- ing of Senior Millage funds is rec- ommended by the Senor Millage Allocation Committee (SMAC)
New this year is a Bed Bug Remediation program for low-income senior homeowners, which is offered through Senior Services of SW Michigan. Bed bugs have become an increasing housing problem. While the bed bugs themselves do not carry diseases, they can prohibit seniors in need from receiving services until the infestation is cleared. Self-treatment is not effective and professional treatment is expensive. If you are a homeowner with bed bugs, please call Senior Services of SW Michigan at 877-200-8866 to see about get- ting treatment funded by Senior Millage. If you are renting and have bed bugs, discuss a treatment plan with your landlord. If your landlord refuses treatment, call your local code enforcement or the Calhoun County Public Health Department, both of which can work with your landlord to properly treat the problem.
to the Calhoun County Board of Commission for approval.
• Battle Creek: Grace Health & Kool Family Community Center
• Marshall: Fountain Clinic & Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center
 Consisting of 13 community mem- bers and County Commissioners, SMAC meets the first Friday of every month to discuss current Senior Millage activities and make funding decisions as needed. The overarch- ing goal of SMAC is to ensure that senior millage tax dollars are spent
These program changes extend existing partnerships with CareWell Services SW and Senior Services
of SW Michigan. Calhoun County Senior Services is gearing up to promote participation in the 2020 Census; organize the 11th annual Senior Fair at the Marshall Middle School on Wednesday, April 8; iden- tify older adults who are turning 99 or who are older for the Centenarian Luncheon at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall on Thursday, May 21; and educate the public about the import- ant work that Senior Millage funds in the community for its renewal vote in August. If you have questions about the services that Calhoun County Senior Millage funds or benefits counseling for Medicare or Medicaid, please call (269) 781-0846 or visit us in our office at the Calhoun County Building in Marshall, Monday-Friday.
as effectively and efficiently as pos- sible. As part of that effort, multi- year contracts are bid out to service providers in a public request for proposals (RFP) process each sum- mer. Community organizations with expertise in relevant programs submit proposals. Once proposals have been received, a subcommittee of SMAC members reviews each proposal and then awards each contract to the ser- vice provider with the most expertise to run the intended program.
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   Last summer, the SMAC through the RFP process changed the provider of the Senior Hearing and Vision pro- grams to CareWell Services SW. After many years of running the programs, the Calhoun County Public Health Department decided that another program that works with older adults more directly would be a better fit. While the program remains largely the same, seniors who are unable to
Helen Guzzo, LMSW, is the Manager of Calhoun County Senior Services, which funds 22 different service programs for residents age 60 and over with Senior Millage tax dollars.
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