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 universal assessment demonstration program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Creates a universal 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 develop a universal assessment system 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 and complete the assessment process. Specifically, the assessment should target individuals who are identified by NY Connects Programs 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 system is necessary to provide appropriate long term care to New Yorkers. The state's home and community-based programs lack standardization and common language. Thus, the demonstration program created by this legislation seeks to provide an assessment of the functional needs of patients seeking long term care. For individuals in need of long term care services, navigating New York State's long term care system can be challenging and a universal assessment system will help create standardization in determining the appropriate level of long term care.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No additional cost to the state. Funding provided in this year's budget as part of the universal assessment program shall be sub-allocated by the Department of Health to support the program's administration.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after the bill becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5077 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 universal assessment demonstration program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 203 of the elder law, as added by section 18 of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2007, is renumbered subdivision 9 and a new subdivision 10 is added to read as follows: 10. THE DIRECTOR, SHALL SELECT ONE OR MORE COUNTY OPERATED NY CONNECTS: CHOICES FOR LONG TERM CARE THAT ARE DETERMINED ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UNIVERSAL ASSESSMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. PROGRAMS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE MUST BE IN GOOD STANDING ACCORDING TO CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THE DIRECTOR WHICH IS BASED ON ITS CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN THIS DEMONSTRATION AND COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS USING THE TOOLS ESTABLISHED AS PART OF THE UNIVERSAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM FUNDED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN. THIS DEMONSTRATION SHALL TARGET THE ASSESSMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IDENTI- FIED BY NY CONNECTS 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. FUNDING SHALL BE SUB-ALLOCATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO THE STATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ASSESSMENT BY NY CONNECTS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MODIFICATIONS NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE DESIGN AND FUNCTION OF THIS ASSESSMENT TOOL. 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. LBD11339-01-1