This report provides a thumbnail sketch of long-term care budgets, legislation and planning in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the project was to obtain insights into recent state long-term care public policy reforms, as evidenced by their proposed or recently enacted legislation, task forces and budgets. Findings show that in the future, states are likely to continue assessing quality of care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, will endeavor to improve quality through more stringent regulation and inspection and through incentives to facilities to hire more staff, and upgrade their training. They are also likely to encourage more people to move out of nursing homes and ICF/MR facilities if they can live in community settings , and finally, to increase the number of publicly funded programs that allow and encourage consumer direction of services.
PIC ID: 7984; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy; Federal Contact: McKay, Hunter, 202-690-6443; Performer: George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and, National Governors’ Association, Washington, DC