WHEREAS, New Jersey is home to 1.4 million adults 60 years of age who deserve
the right to independence, dignity and choice as they grow older; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of New Jersey are entitled to a long-term care system where they can make their own long-term care decisions; and
WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey must support a long-term care reform agenda to ensure a more equitable distribution of funding between home- and community-based services and institutionalization; and
WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey is currently in the second year of a three-year federally funded Aging and Disability Resource Connection initiative, which is being implemented on a pilot basis in Atlantic and Warren counties; and
WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey, through its Aging and Disability Resource Connection initiative, is implementing a clinical assessment tool and fast track eligibility process in a test environment in Atlantic and Warren counties; and
WHEREAS, the clinical assessment tool shall be linked to levels of care, which will then generate a service care plan as well as identify funds to support an individual's choice for long-term care services;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The Department of Health and Senior Services shall begin a process in
State Fiscal Year 2006 to develop and implement a pilot global budget
long-term care program. The new long-term care system for older adults
shall have improved access and consumer-directed care across all settings
and an array of home- and community-based services from which to choose.
Department of Health and Senior Services, in partnership with the Department
of Human Services, shall develop a pilot fast track eligibility program
with presumptive eligibility in Warren and Atlantic Counties.
Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Five, and of the Independence of the United
the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.
/s/ Richard J. Codey
/s/ Paul T. Fader
Chief Counsel to the Governor