More than $13 Million in Adult Home Reforms Unveiled

New York State

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Commissioner
Contact: William C. Van Slyke
(518) 474-7354
OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH
Sharon E. Carpinello, R.N., Ph.D.
Commissioner
Contact: Roger Klingman
(518) 474-6540
COMMISSION ON QUALITY CARE FOR THE MENTALLY DISABLED
Gary O'Brien, Chairman
Contact: Gary Masline
(518) 388-1270
OFFICE FOR THE AGING
Neal E. Lane
Acting Director
Contact: Tom Gallagher
(518) 474-7158

Builds on State Efforts to Improve Services and Resources for Adult Home Residents

ALBANY, November 10, 2004 -- State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner Sharon E. Carpinello, R.N., Ph.D., Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) Chairman Gary O'Brien, and State Office for the Aging (SOFA) Acting Director Neal E. Lane today unveiled more than $13 million in adult home reform initiatives that will further improve services and living conditions for adult home residents across the state. The initiatives build on the significant surveillance and quality efforts Governor George E. Pataki has already directed.

The initiatives include more than $7 million to enhance case management, as well as strengthen educational and vocational training for adult home residents. The remaining $6 million in funding will support capital improvements made by adult home operators, including the installation of air conditioners, furniture upgrades, building maintenance and structural improvements to ensure compliance with state regulations. The funding is part of the State's Quality Incentive Program (QUIP) to support the completion of capital improvements and enhancement of resident services in adult homes statewide.

DOH Commissioner Novello said, "Governor Pataki's continued commitment to improving the adult home system has resulted in real progress. The funding announced today will help expand crucial services for adult home residents."

OMH Commissioner Carpinello said, "The plan announced today will continue to enhance the quality of life for adult home residents. The expansion of case management will better enable residents with mental illness to access the community services and social supports necessary for them to meet their recovery goals."

CQC Chairman O'Brien said, "Through this initiative, the Governor has again demonstrated his commitment to improving the quality of life for adult home residents by expanding opportunities for residents to access more integrated services in the community." 

SOFA Acting Director Lane said, "Governor Pataki's adult home initiatives build on New York's efforts to improve long-term care services statewide. By further strengthening existing services and supporting new programs, the administration is helping to ensure a better quality of life for adult home residents."

The new and expanded initiatives build on the Governor's adult home reforms that have been implemented in recent years, including: enhanced multi-state agency adult home oversight and surveillance; more clearly defined resident death reporting requirements for adult home operators; posting of the latest surveillance results of adult homes on the State Health Department's web site; and strengthened Medicaid fraud enforcement activities.

The new initiatives were developed through a collaborative process involving a broad coalition of state agencies, community leaders and advocates. Together, the DOH, OMH, CQC and SOFA will coordinate the implementation and expansion of these initiatives.

The new funding announced today will support:

  • Improved and Expanded Case Management: Case managers will help coordinate services to ensure that the care provided to residents meets their individual needs. The expanded initiative will also assist residents with accessing available community-based services.
  • Capital Improvement: Funding will be made available to operators through a competitive process to facilitate capital improvements to adult homes, such as: renovations, maintenance, furniture replacement and repairs, as well as installation of air conditioning.
  • Quality of Life Initiatives: To respond directly to concerns raised by residents, new funding will be made available through a competitive bid process to be used for life and independent living skills, among other needs. Each resident council must approve the use of funds in the adult home for such purposes.
  • Expanding Resident Councils: Funding will be used to assist the formation of resident councils in adult homes in which a council has not yet been established or its members have not actively held meetings.
  • Dedicated Receivership Fund: These funds will be used to offset the cost associated with replacing an operator of a poorly run adult home with an experienced service provider who volunteers to temporarily take over the day-to-day operations of the home.