Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Adults with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility. In order to explore options to prevent such transitions and to keep residents in the least restrictive setting possible, the State of New York has enacted the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia.

The 2018-19 State Budget Agreement authorized the Department of Health to establish this voucher demonstration program to subsidize the cost of a SNALR for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia. This demonstration program has budget authority for two (2) years.

Through the demonstration, the Department may issue up to 200 vouchers and subsidize up to 75% of the regional average private pay rate for the monthly cost of a SNALR for an approved applicant living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia. Details about the program will be posted to this website as they become available.

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