Yamada Calls on Administration to Delay Elimination of Adult Day Health Care

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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), chair of the Assembly on Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, has joined with other lawmakers asking Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to delay the elimination of adult day health (ADHC) care as a Medi-Cal optional benefit, now slated to end Dec. 1, 2011.

Yamada authored a letter, signed by dozens of other legislators, sent to Toby Douglas, director of the Department of Health Care Services, stating that further legislative review is necessary before transitioning 35,000 frail, elderly and disabled people out of ADHC.

“We only recently received the transition plan from the administration, and with the few details released, we see an ill-conceived and potentially dangerous shift in service delivery for these clients,” said Yamada. “Closures of other health facilities, such as the Lanterman Developmental Center, took years of stakeholder meetings and proper service replacement identification for a mere fraction of the tens of thousands of high-risk participants we will be transitioning from ADHC in the next 90 days. We must slow this process down and approach this transition more deliberately in order to avoid risking a gap in service delivery for this extremely vulnerable population.”

The letter was sent on Aug. 24 and included 32 signatories. See the letter here:

http://www.asmdc.org/members/a08/attachments/YamadaLettertoDirectorDouglas.pdf

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