Assisted Living Program (ALP)

  • Serves persons who are medically eligible for nursing home placement but serves them in a less medically intensive, lower cost setting
  • ALP provides personal care, room, board, housekeeping, supervision, home health aides, personal emergency response services, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical supplies and equipment, adult day health care, a range of home health services, and the case management services of a registered professional nurse.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, both Medicaid recipients and private-payers must be medically eligible for, and would otherwise require, placement in a nursing home due to the lack of a home or suitable home environment. However, eligible ALP residents must not require continual nursing care, be chronically bedfast or chairfast, or be impaired to the degree that they endanger the safety of other ALP residents. The ALP program is limited to 4,200 residents (approximately 85% are Medicaid recipients).

How do I find the services of the Assisted Living Program?

Private-payers and Medicaid recipients may contact the ALP directly. However, Medicaid recipients must have their ALP services approved in advance by the Local Social Services District.

ALPS are regulated by the State Department of Health. The regulations require that the appropriateness of ALP services be determined by initial and periodic reassessments provided by the ALP. ALP operators are required to provide sufficient staff to perform case management functions for assisted living residents and to ensure their health, safety and well-being. ALPS are required to provide a staffing plan for review by the Department. ALPS also must meet prescribed environmental standards, which include standards for the installation of fire prevention systems and the space provided for administrative activities.