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Care Services

The ALS Association is dedicated to serving the needs of ALS patients and their families. The information provided on this website should serve as a guide for patients, families, and caregivers. We offer a variety of services and programs to those affected by ALS throughout the state including ALS Certified and Recognized Centers, support groups, caregiver training classes, and an equipment loan program. Please visit these respective pages and the other pages on our website for more information. You can always contact our care services team directly if you have any additional questions. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM

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Opening Speaker

Neil Thakur, Ph.D., The ALS Association, Chief Mission Officer

State of the Industry in Cure & Treatment Research

Neurologist Panel Q&A Session Featuring

Dr. Daniel Newman - Henry Ford Hoenselaar ALS Clinic

Dr. Melanie Taylor - Hauenstein Neuroscience Center ALS Clinic

Dr. Michelle Crooks - Bronson Neuroscience Center ALS Clinic

Dr. Stephen Goutman – Pranger ALS Clinic, University of Michigan

Featured Speakers

Bill Dodge – Caregiver

Martha Thormeier, LMSW - Clinical Social Worker, Spectrum Health

Cynthia Knoche - Director, Chapter Care Services, The ALS Association

Thanks to our many sponsors!

Questions? Contact Tanya Peterson at 603-396-9034 or


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A letter from your Care Services Manager, Tanya Peterson, about how The ALS Association Michigan Chapter is addressing your concerns about some of our programs and events. For more information about COVID 19 and how it is affecting our organization and the community we serve visit the below links:

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Newly Diagnosed  

Receiving a diagnosis of ALS is challenging and overwhelming. The ALS Association is dedicated to providing you and your family the information, support, and resources you need to effectively live with ALS. 

Please call (248) 680-6540 with any questions.

Chapter Workshops and Educational Events 

With the belief that greater knowledge enables families to make better and more informed decisionsThe ALS Association Michigan Chapter hosts several workshops and educational events throughout the year to keep the ALS community up to date on the latest happenings in research, advances in care, and local services available for persons with ALS and their caregivers. 

Click here for a past workshop list 

Support Groups


We are hosting these meetings through Zoom - you can attend them with your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Please take a few minutes and register for Zoom *HERE*and familiarize yourself with the platform prior to your first meeting. To protect meeting participants privacy, please contact Tanya at 603.396.9034 or and she will give you the login information. Any questions should also be sent to Tanya.

CLICK HERE for more info about our upcoming support groups - including dates, and who will be speaking.

Equipment Loan Program

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter's equipment loan program allows our chapter to provide appropriate durable medical equipment (DME) to patients with ALS who may not have a reimbursement or benefit payment source or are awaiting delivery of custom ordered equipment. Learn more here

Assistive Technology Program

The Assistive Technology Loan Closet is now housed at CNS Homecare, our community speech and language pathology partner. PALS and families that are interested in obtaining communication equipment from our loan closet are referred to the Speech and Language team at CNS Homecare. Their team has expert knowledge of augmentative communication devices and can provide an in-home visit(in metro Detroit) where they can help you to select the optimal device for your needs. The visiting SLP can also submit the necessary paperwork to obtain a permanent device for you and return to help maximize the use of your new equipment. These visits are generally a Medicare covered benefit. Please contact us at 248-680-6540 for more information about this program. 

ALS Certified and Recognized Centers

The ALS Association collaborates with physicians and clinics across Michigan to help ensure that people living with ALS have access to specialized care, based on best practices. The ALS Association’s Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence and Recognized Treatment Centers provide compassionate care in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere. Currently, there are five ALS Specialty Centers in Michigan. To learn more click here.

Care Grants

The Michigan Chapter Care Grant Program provides grants to approved applicants of up to $500 per 12 month period to help defray the cost of eligible expenses associated with living with ALS.  Funds are limited to those persons diagnosed with ALS. Click here to download an application.


Gregory Everett

Director of Care Services      
East Michigan - 248.680.6540


Tanya Peterson    

Care Services Manager 
Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center    
Spectrum Health 
Bronson Neuroscience Center