Jim Malone (608) 266-1683
(MADISON, September 25, 1997) - Department of Health and Family Services Secretary Joe Leean today announced that eight counties and one tribe have been selected to pilot the Single Point of Entry concept as the first step in redesigning the state's long term care system.
Selected are Fond du Lac, Jackson, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Portage and Trempealeau counties, plus the Oneida Tribe, at a total annual cost of $811,700 in state funds. Individual grant amounts are not yet determined, but will be based on population size.
"The pilots will develop Resource Centers for the elderly and persons with disabilities, which will serve as the entry point into the long term care system," Leean said. "A functional assessment tool will be tested by the pilots in determining a person's long term care needs and eligibility. This first step is a critical element in determining how a redesigned system will look and function."
Leean noted that LaCrosse County will be a test site only for persons with disabilities, and Milwaukee County will test the Resource Center concept only for the elderly. An additional tribe might also be selected, Leean said.
The pilots will begin in 1998 and will run for 18 months.