Senior Supportive Housing Program Staff:

Kingston affordable housing provider one of nine (9) NYS Agencies to receive 2-year Grant from NYS Department of Health; RUPCO to oversee Senior Supportive Housing Pilot Program with ~$500,000 in 2015-2017

Pictured here l-r: Kim Mapes, Program Services Manager; Kevin O’Connor, RUPCO CEO; Leila Santana and Robert Budreau, Care Managers; Kathy Germain, Vice President of Housing Services

Kingston, NY, March 25, 2015 – RUPCO is launching its Senior Supportive Housing Program to provide on-site service coordination for nearly 100 of its residents. The NYS Department of Health awarded a two-year grant, totaling $496,224, to the affordable housing advocate and community developer to administrate a pilot program which helps senior residents “age in place.” The Senior Supportive Housing Program (SSHP) allows RUPCO’s Care Managers to coordinate in-home services that allow the elderly to stay in their homes longer, or get out of the house more, with the assistance of ancillary services.

“This pilot program will truly benefit our elderly residents,” notes Kim Mapes, Program Services Manager at RUPCO. “By creating two new positions and putting two contact people in the field, we are better able to meet our residents, identify their needs, and assist them in gaining the services they need to improve their wellness and allow them to live more independently. Our Care Managers, Leila Santana and Robert Budreau, both have experience providing and coordinating senior services. They began meeting with residents this week to introduce themselves and explain the program’s benefits. The Senior Supportive Housing Program is available to qualifying residents at all our senior housing locations that RUPCO manages or owns.” Senior residents living at Tongore Pines, The Stuyvesant and Woodstock Commons, among others, can meet with a RUPCO Care Manager to determine which programs are best suited to their needs. Grant funding will serve low-income, Medicaid eligible seniors over age 65 residing in RUPCO’s owned or managed units to reduce risk of nursing home placement by providing in home services allowing them to remain in their apartments.

RUPCO’s SSHP Care Managers determine eligibility, then coordinate needed services which make living at home easier. These services might include a home health aide, periodic house cleaning, transitions back into the home after a hospital stay, or transportation to doctor appointments. “Leila and Bob will be coordinating this resident care,” adds Mapes. “Many residents already receive a number of services from different providers, and sometimes they don’t know who to call. The logistics of acquiring needed services is often confusing and cumbersome for our residents to manage on their own. And some don’t have a support system in place like a family member, so our Care Managers provide that support. We’re the helping hands our seniors need so they can remain in their homes for as long as possible.” RUPCO expects 40 of its Medicaid-eligible residents to accept the support services coordinated by SSHP Care Managers.

The DoH funding comes in response to the State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) investigation and recommendations. Both prompted the goal of reducing the cost of high Medicaid users across the state. DoH is interested in turning that investment into a higher quality of living for those using Medicaid at a high level and at the same time, reducing costs to the State. “Review has shown that a small number of Medicaid recipients use a disproportionate amount of Medicaid funding. Much of that expense is reflected in excessive ambulance transports to hospital emergency rooms for conditions that could have been prevented with help in the home,” notes Kathy Germain, Vice President of Housing Services at RUPCO. “By providing oversight and supportive services through Care Managers, seniors receive frequent, consistent contact with someone familiar with their situations. This personal interaction hopefully will shortcut the need for emergency services because someone is there to ensure seniors are taking care of themselves, taking their medications, eating well, and getting wellness treatment as a regular course of preventative medicine.”

Originally, when the Federal government reviewed Medicaid, it proposed a challenge to the states. “The Federal government challenged states, asking them to demonstrate a $40 billion savings. In return, they awarded $20 billion up front,” adds Germain. “As 10% of high Medicaid users are using 80% of the Medicaid resources, NYS decided to redesign Medicaid to cover better preventative, supportive services. The State DoH, Office for Mental Health (OMH), Office for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS), the DDD (Department for Persons with Dual Diagnosis) are finding innovative cost-effective ways to provide supportive housing services for seniors. This is all good news for our seniors and we’re happy to be working on their behalf.”

RUPCO was one of nine agencies to receive the DoH grant monies for pilot programs designed for seniors and aging in place. An information brochure is available online at www.rupco.org. For more information about the Senior Supportive Housing Program or a schedule of introductory Care Manager visits, contact Kim Mapes at (845) 331-2140, ext. 208.

For more than 30 years, RUPCO has been one of the Hudson Valley’s leading provider and advocate of quality, affordable housing and community development programs, provides opportunity and revitalizes neighborhoods by creating homes, supporting people and improving communities. RUPCO’s Property Management division oversees 15 properties in the Hudson Valley region providing housing and services to nearly 400 residents, the majority of them seniors and residents with special needs. As a nonprofit agency, RUPCO has led the region in creating and maintaining quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, fostering community development and revitalization, and providing opportunity to people to improve their living standards. In that time, RUPCO has established a successful track record as a regional leader in the creation and improvement of quality, sustainable housing, created strong partnerships locally and nationally, and has maintained flexibility and agility in providing services to its key constituents.
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Senior Supportive Housing Services Pilot Awardees

Organization Project Name Award Amount
Goddard Riverside Community Center Goddard Riverside Senior Supportive Housing Program $500,000
Westchester Independent Living Senior Supportive Housing Pilot Project $500,000
Family Services Society of Yonkers Westchester Senior Supportive Services Program $500,000
Ithaca Housing Authority Expanding On-site Health Care and Improving Accessibility: Optimal Affordable Low Income Senior Housing at the Ithaca Housing Authority’s Titus Towers $500,000
Rural Ulster Preserve (RUPCO) RUPCO Nursing Home to Independent Living
(Senior Supportive Housing Program)
$496,224
Promesa Systems South Bronx Senior Supportive Housing Services Program $500,000
Catholic Charities Senior Supportive Housing Services $500,000
United Helpers Services within Senior Housing $484,861
Project Renewal Tools for Aging in Place (TAP) $491,567

 

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