From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist
The Rock County Board of Supervisors on July 10th approved a resolution unanimously indicating the county’s intent to transition from the legacy Medicaid Waiver System to Family Care (Item 12. E. on the agenda) for long-term care services.
According to Brian Shoup, administrator for the DHS Division of Long-Term Care (DLTC), he made informal contact with Rock County a few weeks ago. The initial reaction during that call by the county was “we were about to touch base with you.” A conference call between the Rock County Human Services director, Developmental Disability Board director, the county administrator and DLTC occurred shortly thereafter. Shoup said that a decision was made to propose to the county board a resolution indicating Rock County’s intent to transition to Family Care.
According to the Executive Summary of the county resolution: “In calendar year 2006, Rock County contributed $3,559,578.74 in Basic County Allocation (BCA) to long-term care services within the Developmental Disabilities Board and Human Services Department. That sum exceeds the statutory required Family Care contribution by counties of 22% of the county’s Basic County Allocation. Once Rock County transitions to Family Care, Rock County’s BCA will gradually be reduced over the course of five years, to 22% of Rock County’s 2006 BCA for long-term care services which is $2,026,787. There are currently approximately 280 people on the waiting list eligible for Developmentally Disability Board services and Human Services Department services (250 for DD Bd.; 30 for HSD services). The waiting list continues to grow while the county’s ability to fund the services for these wait list individuals is limited by zero percent tax levy caps. The promise of Family Care is that all persons on the waiting list will be served within 36 months or less from the date Family Care is implemented. The 57 other counties that have made the transition to Family Care have no waiting lists.”
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