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Adult Day Health Care Still on Governor's Chopping Block

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(Sound of Adult Day Care Center) 

Here at Robertson Adult Day Health Care Center in Sacramento about 50 disabled folks get a full meal each day, socialize, and have access to a garden. But Director Lyndsey Roush says those aren't the most important services the center offers.

ROUSH: The participants come in are daily supported with their medical needs and their needs in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

The Governor's budget would eliminate the Medi- Cal benefit for Adult Day Care Centers in California - which could mean the end of this care for over 35,000 people. Roush says the program supports their overall well being, and avoids more costly care.

ROUSH: It keeps them out of higher level institutions it keeps them out of the emergency rooms.

Greg Franklin is from the California Department of Health Care services.

FRANKLIN: There aren't many if any government programs that are left untouched.

Franklin says the governor's revised budget gave the department money to find alternative services for this vulnerable population.  

FRANKLIN: Part of our goal is to keep people out of institutions, out of emergency rooms, and in their communities. You know, is the elimination of the optional benefit going to drive people to nursing homes? I don't know.

The services are provided at over 300 centers in California. Lawmakers are trying to save them.  

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