2007 Session

Budget Amendments - SB750 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Whipple
Co-Patron(s): Howell, Puller, Ticer
Geriatric Systems of Care

Item 312 #15s

Item 312 #15s

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities FY2007 $0 FY2008 $5,250,000 GF

Page 345, line 20, strike "$277,367,145" and insert "$282,617,145".

(This amendment provides $5.3 million the second year from the general fund to develop seven Geriatric Systems of Care Demonstration Projects in each of the department's restructuring regions. Funding will be used to create a community-based system of care for seniors who have significant infirmities of aging as well as primary diagnoses of mental illness, mental retardation, and/or substance use disorder or any combination of these conditions. Funding will also facilitate the downsizing of geriatric services at our state hospitals including the Hancock Geriatric Unit at Eastern State Hospital and help avoid costly and inappropriate hospitalization of older adults across Virginia. As the Commonwealth's population ages, it is imperative to ensure that its senior citizens be treated in their home communities, close to family and supports, rather than in settings outside of their area.)