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482 Forward is a grassroots community organizing effort focused on educational justice in Detroit and received funding commitments from the Skillman Foundation and the Ford Foundation before it was established as an independent entity. Metro Solutions served as the grantee and assisted 482Forward as they built capacity and organizational structure. As time progressed Metro Solutions transitioned from the grantee to the fiscal intermediary and, once the initial grants concluded, 482Forward had its own non-profit status and was then positioned to receive and manage its funds independently.
Metro Solutions was contacted by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation about an exciting project to encourage breastfeeding in Detroit and Philadelphia while also developing local women's employment skills as they met with local businesses to encourage them to take measures to become "First Food Friendly." As the First Food Friendly collaborative of partners was not a non-profit, Metro Solutions was the grantee for the project. The project started with Metro Solutions taking a very active role, connecting the organization to an evaluator and participating in planning calls, in addition to administering the financials. Over time, as project implementation progressed, Metro Solutions tapered its role as the client grew in experience.
Metro Solutions serves as a fiscal intermediary for individuals who utilize the services of a personal caregiver in the MI Health Link program, a federal demonstration project for dual-eligible Medicaid and Medicare enrollees. Metro Solutions is contracted by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and The Senior Alliance to enroll, credential and serve as the employer agent for their members enrolled in the program. Each member is the employer of their personal caregiver and Metro Solutions confirms that the proper employer requirements are followed, such as paying monthly payroll, registering each member as a household employer the the appropriate municipalities, paying applicable taxes, purchasing worker's compensation policies, and communicating service authorization changes to the members and caregivers. To ensure that these important Medicaid and Medicare dollars are spent wisely, Metro Solutions maintains extensive records and takes operational measures to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. Metro Solutions currently serves over 350 employers in this program.
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