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03.15.07

Assisted Living Funds Update

Residents at one local assisted living facility will soon have to find new homes. 
This is because a certain program they are enrolled in, is no longer be accepted anymore. It's a story we first brought you on Live at Five Tuesday. 
  

The company that owns Conner House tells us the reason they cancelled their Community Based Alternative or CBA contract is due to new eligibility rules with the program but we found out the CBA rules have been in place for years. 
Assisted Living Concepts owns Conner House in Canyon and recently made the decision to no longer accept CBA residents. The CBA program is funded by the state and helps with the cost of assisted living.

The CEO of the company tells us the reason for cancelling their contract is due to new CBA eligibility rules. Such as allowing younger people and those with a drug related past on the program. But we found out the rules have not changed. "Well I really can't speak for any other company for why they would say something like that. All I can tell you is that these are the facts these are the eligibility requirements that are now in place and they are the same eligibility requirements that were in place a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, and they have been the entire time the assisted living concepts has been providing CBA services,"says Cecilia Fedorov, the press officer with the Texas Department of Aging and Disablility Services.

The eligibility rules are listed on their website. The first requirement, you must be 21 years or older. And no where does it mention allowing people with a drug related past. But the company is not budging. They have given residents at Conner House until the end of April to move out. 
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services plans to help. "DADS is committed and our regional staff is committed to insuring continuity of care for each one of these residents and insuring the level of care and comfort does not diminish in any way," says Fedorov.

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