State Health Commissioner Announces the Creation of 402 New Assisted Living Beds in Ten Counties

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 13, 2010) - New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced that 10 operators in 10 counties have received State approval to develop an additional 402 Assisted Living beds as part of New York's Assisted Living Program.

New York's Assisted Living Program provides supportive housing and home care services to people who are eligible for placement in a nursing home, but instead choose to live in a more homelike setting.

"Assisted Living programs provide an alternative to nursing home care for people who are capable of living in the community with the help of supportive services," Commissioner Daines said. "Thousands of people have received assisted living program services and we are pleased to expand this option so that more residents can receive these critical services."

Under State Social Services Law, the Health Commissioner is authorized to add up to 6,000 more Assisted Living beds across the State over a five-year period. The number of beds added is contingent upon the decertification of nursing home beds.

Applicants whose projects were approved are:

Project Name County New Beds
Presbyterian Residential Community, Inc. Oneida 42
Valley Health Services, Inc. Herkimer 36
Achieve Assisted Living Program Sullivan 40
Pine Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Rockland 16
The Plaza at Westchester Westchester 38
Oceanview Manor HFA Kings 68
Eger Harbor House, Inc. Richmond 50
Jewish Home and Hospital Bronx 68
Central Assisted Living Queens 14
Tanglewood Manor Chautauqua 30

Expanding Assisted Living is part of an effort to reform and rightsize New York's institutional long-term care system and develop less restrictive care options.

Additional Assisted Living Projects are being evaluated by the Department of Health Office of Long Term Care. Solicitation of Interest (SOI) applications are available on the Health Department's website at: