Six Counties Receive Long Term Care Grants Totaling $500,000
California Health Director Diana Bonta recently announced that six counties have received a total of $500,000 in grants as part of Gov. Gray Davis' (D) Aging with Dignity Initiative. The money is intended to help counties develop "cost-effective" long term care systems for seniors and people with disabilities and to encourage the integration of funding and administration for medical, social and support services. Contra Costa, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Riverside counties have each received $50,000 in "planning grants," while Marin and San Mateo counties have received $150,000 in "development grants" for implementing the initiative. In addition, UCLA's Center for Long Term Care Integration, which provides assistance for planning and developing projects, has received $750,000 to assist the counties in their efforts. "These grants underscore [Davis'] commitment to expand community-based options that will assist elderly Californians and disabled adults," Bonta said (Department of Health Services release, 9/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.