Request for Proposals
Application is now closed.
The next request for proposal will open in January 2019
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia. It is a failure-free art program that provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Developed at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center, the program is grounded in person-centered care principles with a mission to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.
Both elders with dementia and intergenerational volunteers partnered with them in this art program benefit from the weekly encounters. Our research shows that OMA improves the quality of life for people with dementia and volunteers’ attitudes toward aging. Volunteers develop a deep appreciation for the friendship and even kinship they come to feel with their elder partners. It is this sense of kinship that reduces the social distance between the generations caused by the public fear of Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia.
Because OMA has been designated as a Quality Improvement Project (QIP) by the Ohio Department of Aging, implementing OMA will meet nursing home licensing requirements in Ohio.
The application form for the next cohort is now open. Please review all of the information below and contact [email protected] for more information.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to expand its program in the state. The grant enables Ohio nursing homes to apply for startup funding to adopt the program. Selected nursing homes will receive $1,500 for art supplies and additional travel reimbursement for up to two people per facility. Attendees must live more than 50 miles from training location for travel reimbursement. Due to a limited budget, car-pooling and room sharing are strongly encouraged. Attendees who live closer than 50 miles from training location will not receive any travel reimbursement as per state travel regulation.
All applicants must be: (a) licensed as a nursing home in Ohio; (b) have Medicaid certification; and (c) be a site that has never offered OMA. Both for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes may apply. Other organizations such as adult day centers, assisted living facilities, hospice centers, and geriatric hospitals do not qualify.
How it Works
Scripps Gerontology Center is interested in supporting nursing homes with a high likelihood of success to learn and implement the OMA program. Funded nursing homes will be expected to send one or two staff members to be trained. The training will be in a hybrid format, which includes 12-18 hours of online interactive video training to be done at one’s own pace with a 1.5-day in-person practicum at Life Care Center of Elyria in Elyria, Ohio. These staff members will need to register for the training and submit the $675.00 registration fee by the deadline below. This registration fee is not covered by the grant. All funded nursing homes will be expected to implement OMA and complete two semi-annual QIP progress reports during the grant period.
Nursing homes interested in applying for this opportunity should complete an online application form by the deadline below.
Applications will be reviewed using the criteria below. You do not have to meet all criteria but will be asked to address them in your application.
The questions from the online form appear below; you may want to review them before beginning your online submission.
Application Form Content
a. Has your facility ever implemented OMA? _____ (Yes) ____ (No) – If yes, you are not eligible to apply for this grant.
b. If the grant is awarded, you agree that your organization will be able to cover training registration of $675/person. Please type your initials here to indicate your understanding of this requirement: _________________ (initials here).
Your Name: _________________________________________________________
Phone (with area code): __________________________________________________________
Home Address (to calculate travel distance to training site: (Street, city, zip code): ___________________________
Facility Name: _____________________________________________
Parent company name (if any): ___________________________________________
Facility’s Address (Street, city, zip code): ________________________________________________________
Facility County: _____________________________________________________________
Administrator’s name: _____________________________________________________________
Administrator’s email address: _____________________________________________________________
Position within organization: ________________________________________
Is your organization licensed as a nursing home? _____ (Yes) ____ (No)
Is your nursing home Medicaid certified? _____ (Yes) ____ (No)
Are there staff members at your facility that have completed OMA Facilitator Training?
_____ (Yes) ____ (No).
If there are staff in your facility who have completed OMA Facilitator Training please list their names, email addresses, and dates of training.
Have you applied for QIP grant for OMA implementation before? _____ (Yes) ____ (No)