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Comments from Judith Zaffirini

Persons seeking long-term care services often face a confusing array of information and access points. While some services are provided by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, Area Agencies on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers, none can address fully all of consumers’ needs and complete the entire service entry process, from start to finish.

Unlike 24 states, Texas does not have a comprehensive single point-of-entry system for long-term care services. A single point-of-entry pilot project would be the first step in enhancing effectiveness of the Texas long-term care system and rebalancing it toward community-based care. SB 30 would authorize up to three pilot projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of such a system.

Most seniors and persons with disabilities prefer to receive long-term care in the community, and community services cost the state less. Accordingly, the bill would divert persons from costly institutional settings to a more cost-effective community-based setting of their choice.

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(Travis County) February 9, 2011, 2:56 pm report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services (1/31/11)
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