$1.15 Million Awarded to Help Nursing Home Residents Learn, Decide about Community-Based Care

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2009) – Nine agencies will share in $1.15 million in grants through the Department of Health's Money Follows the Person demonstration project to identify and reach out to nursing home residents who wish to move back into a community-based care setting, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., announced today. The awards were made following a competitive process.

The funding is part of New York State's Money Follows the Person demonstration program approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of the project is to identify and conduct outreach to select nursing home residents to provide them with objective information about home and community-based options, and to work with nursing home discharge planners to assist nursing home residents who wish to transition into the community.

"This project supports New York State's efforts to restructure health care priorities by shifting away from institutionally based care to a person-centered system," said Commissioner Daines. "The Money Follows the Person project ensures that the state's nursing home residents have the information they need to make choices about where they receive care. The success of this program will help ensure that people who need long-term care support will learn about their options, and choose the least-restricted setting to receive care services. This involves evaluation of a person's cognitive, medical, nutritional, behavioral and emotional state of being and intense work with each resident to help them determine what setting would support them best."

The nine awardees and award amounts are:

  • $85,000 to Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center (Glens Falls Independent Living Center) to serve Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.
  • $85,000 to Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley to serve Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
  • $100,000 to Southern Tier Independence Center, Inc. to serve Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schulyer, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
  • $100,000 to Western New York Independent Living Inc. to serve Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
  • $165,000 to Suffolk Independent Living Organization (Self Initiated Living Options Inc.) to serve Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • $165,000 to Westchester Independent Living Center to serve Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
  • $249,973 to Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers Home Health Agency to serve the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
  • $100,000 to Center for Disability Rights to serve Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
  • $100,000 to ARISE Child and Family Service, Inc. to serve Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.