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Albany County executive to draft long-term health care plan

In the same letter, Breslin said that if the county were to make "a substantial investment in long-term care," it would need support from the state. He also writes that some Albany County nursing home providers have offered the option of having "hard to place" nursing home patients that currently live in the Albany County Nursing Home come to their establishments, "if given a sufficient financial enhancement."

"I would be interested in exploring options for state and county support of this concept," he wrote.

In another letter, dated June 3 and addressed to Albany County Legislature Chairman Charles E. Houghtaling, Breslin said he was aware of the resolution that was to be voted on Monday night and wanted to make Houghtaling aware of the discussions he was involved in with the governor's office regarding long-term health care in the county.

In his letter to Houghtaling, Breslin said he and the Department of Health were talking about a draft plan being jointly developed to serve more people that are currently served at the nursing home today with the inclusion of a nursing home replacement program for "hard to place" residents, establishing additional assisted living program beds in the community and establishing a Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE program, a program that allows seniors to stay in their own homes and brings people to them, as well as having participants in the program brought their medications and more.

Breslin wrote that the discussions with the DOH are ongoing and that the DOH will issue a letter shortly commiting to working with the county.

The Spotlight reached out to Breslin at press time, at which point he issued a written statement.

"Last year, the county spent over $18 million, or over 30 percent of our real property tax levy to care for less than 250 nursing home residents," Breslin said in a written statement. "We have to reshape and enhance long-term care in Albany County, to use our resources to serve more individuals in a better way."

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