Authorizes certain county operated NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care programs to participate in a universal assessment demonstration program funded pursuant to chapter 53 of the laws of 2011; targets those as potentially in need of respite, home delivered meals, and in-home services provided by the aging network and licensed home and community services and nursing home level of care.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to authorizing certain county operated NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care programs to participate in a uniform assessment demonstration program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Creates a uniform assessment demonstration program within the state office for the aging.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Adds a new subdivision to the elder law, which requires the director of the state office for the aging to select one or more county operators of the NY Connect program to participate in a uniform assessment demonstration program for determining the appropriate level of care for older New Yorkers seeking long term care. The director must establish criteria for good standing for program participants, based on the ability of participants to assist in this demonstration program. Specifically, successful participants in the program should provide services to individuals who are identified by NY Connects program providers as needing respite care, home delivered meals, and in-home services provided by the aging network, as well as licensed home and community services and nursing home level of care.
JUSTIFICATION: New York's long term care system has a wide range of inter-connected services and programs. A uniform assessment tool is being implemented by the Department of Health to ensure New Yorkers are receiving appropriate long term care services. The program created by this legislation seeks to demonstrate whether the uniform assessment tool is serving the needs of patients seeking all, including non-medical, levels of long term care. Many county operated New York Connects programs have participated in efforts to assess whether older New Yorkers at high risk of nursing home placement can be referred to home and community based services and avoid institutional placement. For individuals in need of long term care services, navigating New York State's long term care system can be challenging. Thus, involving county based NY Connects Program operators in evaluating the uniform assessment tool will help create standardization in determining appropriate levels of long term care, hopefully delaying nursing home placement and allowing older new yorkers to live independently for as long as possible.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5077 of 2011-2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No additional cost to the state. Funding provided in this year's budget as part of the uniform assessment program shall be sub-allocated by the department of health to the office fox the aging to support the program's administration.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after the bill becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2148 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to authorizing certain county operated NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care programs to partic- ipate in a uniform assessment demonstration program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 203 of the elder law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 11. THE DIRECTOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL ESTABLISH A UNIFORM ASSESSMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THE PURPOSE OF THIS INITIATIVE IS TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE UNIFORM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM FUNDED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN. THE DIRECTOR SHALL SELECT ONE OR MORE COUNTY OPER- ATED NY CONNECTS: CHOICES FOR LONG TERM CARE PROVIDERS TO PARTICIPATE BASED ON CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THE DIRECTOR. THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM SHALL ASSESS WHETHER THE UNIFORM ASSESSMENT TOOL IS EFFECTIVE IN DETER- MINING THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF LONG TERM CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS IN NEED OF NON-MEDICAL HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE, OR ANY OTHER PROGRAMS AS DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR. FUNDING SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE FROM THE APPROPRIATION MADE FOR SERVICES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING GRANTS, OF THE UNIFORM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM, FROM THE GENERAL FUND-LOCAL ASSISTANCE ACCOUNT TO THE OFFICE OF LONG TERM CARE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PURSUANT TO CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, AND SHALL BE SUB-ALLOCATED BY THE DEPART- MENT OF HEALTH TO THE OFFICE TO SUPPORT THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEMON- STRATION PROGRAM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01497-01-3