Governor Paterson Announces $150 Million Available for Long-Term Care Alternatives

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 9, 2010) – Governor David A. Paterson announced that New York State will fund up to $150 million in projects to help communities develop alternatives to traditional nursing homes as the State works to further modernize and right-size its long-term health care system.

"As the baby boomer generation starts collecting Social Security, we as a society must provide for their future health care needs," Governor Paterson said. "We need to develop viable alternatives that respect people's desire to remain in their own homes as long as possible, with appropriate health care services."

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., said, "We need skilled nursing care in our communities, but it has to be based on community needs now and in the future instead of relying on old models. We believe long-term care providers will be eager to promote alternatives so that our disabled and senior citizens can 'age in place' with support."

Grants will be available to nursing homes, certified home health agencies, assisted living programs and residences, adult homes, enriched housing programs, municipalities, independent living centers, non-profit senior housing corporations or consortiums of these programs. Successful applicants will use multiple agencies and local resources to develop housing with coordinated medical services and licensed residential programs.

Funds for these competitive grants will be administered by the State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY).

DASNY President Paul T. Williams Jr. said, "New York's growing population of older citizens and their families want and deserve access to choices when they consider long-term care options that provide the level of health care they need while preserving the independence they cherish. This funding will help community partners work together to achieve a new vision of community-based care."

The primary goal of this procurement is to help communities organize, finance and develop care alternatives by coordinating a variety of licensed residential programs in the development of residential options. The funding will help communities/regions develop alternatives to nursing home care for long-term care populations while downsizing nursing home beds, maintaining critical access to appropriately sized skilled nursing care based on community need, and/or promoting access to aging in place by supporting adult care facilities in transitioning to enhanced or special needs assisted living residence licensure.

Applications are due August 25. The Request for Grant Applications can be found at www.nyhealth.gov/funding/.