UPCAP’s purpose and objectives shall be to promote the development of the human, social, and community resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through the following activities:
UPCAP is established by the U.P. County Boards of Commissioners to serve as the regional economic and human resources development and planning organization.
UPCAP establishes the six original Community Action Agencies in the U.P. at the request of the Office of Economic Opportunities.
UPCAP organizes the three Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Districts at the request of the Economic Development Administration.
UPCAP developed the U.P> Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) which represents and advocates on behalf of the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
UPCAP receives a grant from the Emergency Employment Act Program to establish three ancillary manpower boards in the U.P. These boards evolve into three Consortia under the Comprehensive Employment & Training Act (CETA). Today the Consortia are administered under the Job Training Partnership Act (JPTA), and have come to be known as the Private Industry Councils (PICs).
UPCAP is designated as the Region XI (U.P.) Area Agency on Aging
UPCAP begins providing monitoring, training, and technical assistance to U.P. agencies providing Weatherization Services.
UPCAP enters the long-term care arena when it is selected as one of five pilot Care Management projects.
Michigan Departments of Social Services and Public Health contract with UPCAP to implement a second "Pre-Admission Screening" pilot program in the U.P. Pre-Admission Screening was the model for the future MIChoice Home & Community-Based Services Waiver program.
UPCAP begins contracting with private non-profit housing organizations to manage low-rent family and elderly apartment complexes. UPCAP secures Farmers Home Administration (FHA) funding and a real estate brokerage license so as to offer more affordable housing options for U.P. residents.
UPCAP begins its involvement with the West-Central U.P. Regional Community Corrections Board and its Annual Implementation Plan.
UPCAP is selected as one of three pilot sites to develop and implement Michigan's Home & Community-Based Waiver Program (MIChoice Waiver Program).
UPCAP is selected to administer the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) for the U.P
UPCAP is selected by the Department of Community Health as one of four "pioneer" sites to develop and implement a Self Determination/Self Directed Care option for the MIChoice Waiver Program.
UPCAP's new 2-1-1 Call Center begins providing easily accessible, responsive, and professional information and assistance to U.P. residents and families in need.
UPCAP is named Secretary/Administrative Agent of the Upper Peninsula 911 Authority. This Authority oversees 911 emergency call answering and dispatch services across the U.P.
UPCAP is named Secretary/Administrative Agent of the U.P. State Fair Authority. This Authority oversees the operation of the U.P. State Fair and the fairgrounds.
Bridgewood, Soo Hill location, opens as a group/support home for autistic adults - the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula.
UPCAP's Community Diabetes Education Program receives accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. It is the first accredited program offering UP-wide diabetes education at community-based locations such as senior centers, churches, and community centers.