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Dementia Capable Wisconsin: Polk County Awarded Dementia Crisis Innovation Grant by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced it has awarded a Dementia Crisis Innovation grant of $30,243 to Polk County. The grant will help Polk County to work collaboratively with local partners to increase the dementia-capability of their crisis response systems.


DHS awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to seven counties, including Polk. 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. Last year, six counties or county collaborations shared a total of over $300,000 in Round One of the grant.


Promising practices developed as a result of the Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants will be included in a toolkit to be shared with other counties. 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.