Assemblymember Cahill Informs New Yorkers About Long Term Care Community Coalition Survey

April 4, 2005

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) would like to inform area residents about the Long Term Care Community Coalition, a statewide coalition of consumer, professional and civic groups working for over 20 years to keep nursing home residents safe. The goal of this non-profit advocacy group is to maintain a quality of life standard for the care given to the elderly and disabled in nursing homes and other settings.

"The vast majority of our seniors and people with disabilities receive compassionate, quality care at our fine area institutions," noted Mr. Cahill. "However, there is the occasional instance where family members feel the need to advocate for their loved ones in terms of delivery of services," he continued. "The New York State Department of Health receives calls regarding these consumers through the Nursing Home Patient Care Complaints Hotline."

The Long Term Care Community Coalition is doing a study on the effectiveness of our state nursing home inspection and enforcement system and is gathering information from nursing home residents, family, staff and others who have utilized the state system. Anyone interested in filling out a questionnaire regarding their experience is invited to go the LTCCC website www.ltccc.org to download a copy, call (212) 385-0355, write to LTCCC at 242 West 30th Street, Suite 306, New York, New York 10001 or email barbara@ltccc.org with your contact information. The identities of all involved will be kept confidential.

During Mr. Cahillís tenure as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities, he was successful in passing his 2002 landmark legislation establishing the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council, responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of a plan to ensure that those with disabilities receive the services needed in the most integrated setting possible. Long an advocate for the elderly and people with disabilities, Assemblymember Cahill also authored bills that resulted in a law to allow New York to provide home and community-based services to people who would otherwise require institutional care (Nursing Facility Transition and Diversion Medicaid Waiver) and created the Medicaid Buy-In Program that allows certain employees to buy into the Medicaid program by paying premiums on an income-based sliding scale.

Anyone with questions regarding the Long Term Care Community Coalition is encouraged to contact Assemblymember Cahillís Kingston District Office by phoning (845) 338-9610.