Most respondents agreed that the State is likely to continue the model of assisted living that is currently in place. While the budget is not having an impact on the availability of waiver services in the short term it is not clear what will happen in the long term, particularly if theAssisted Living Plus service continues to grow at its current rate.
We need to examine the Assisted Living Plus option carefully to understand its rapid rate of growth.
From the advocacy side, we need to advocate for a bill of rights and develop requirements for staffing and supervision.
We want to make affordable assisted living available as an option. We need to make sure that assisted living provides only the services that people need. To do this we are planning to help the counties to figure out how to set rates. Providers can't expect to be paid for a package of services, when some of them are not included in a person's plan of care. We're going to give the counties tools and training for setting rates in 2003.