COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
FY 2007 Appropriation for Mountainside Senior Living
Appropriation of $50,450 for Mountainside Senior Living Center
Tucker, White, Davis, Breeden, Vinzant
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
February 7, 2007
ACTION: INFORMATION: X
In 2002, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) took over management of the Mountainside Senior Living Center as a limited partner. At that time, the County of Albemarle provided a grant of $177,617 to assist Mountainside during its transition phase as it worked to become self-supporting. Funding requested by JABA at that time was to subsidize 30 County Auxiliary Grant recipients who lived at the facility until the private pay residents began to offset the costs.
In April 2003, due to unanticipated expenses that were not disclosed by the previous owner, as well as a delay in having the facility ready to accept private pay clients, JABA requested additional funding to operate the center. The Board supported JABA’s request to provide $12,500 per year for FY 04, FY 05, and FY 06.
Approximately two-thirds of the residents at Mountainside receive Auxiliary Grant (AG) support from the State. AGs are offered only to indigent individuals that reside in an assisted living facility. However, the State funding of $982 per resident per month is not sufficient to cover JABA’s expenses of $1,600 per resident per month. As a result, JABA requested funding in the amount of $50,450 for Mountainside during the budget development process for FY 07. At that time, the Board approved funding for Mountainside contingent on the receipt of a business plan.
Develop a comprehensive funding strategy/plan to address the County’s growing needs.
JABA submitted a business plan to the County in April 2006. After review of the business plan, County staff had several questions. After meetings with representatives from JABA, the County, and the City of Charlottesville, JABA submitted a revised business plan in December, 2006 that addressed those questions.
When the County initially approved funding for Mountainside it was with the understanding that Mountainside would eventually become self-sustaining and wouldn’t require ongoing support from the City and County. However, because funding from the State for AG residents is not adequate and plans to market to private pay residents has met with limited success, JABA feels that they need ongoing assistance from the City and County to assure that AG beds are available to seniors in our community who are in the greatest need.
Because JABA is in compliance with the terms for providing funding for FY 07, staff recommends appropriating $50,450 to Mountainside for the current fiscal year. This amount is included for Board consideration as part of today’s FY 07 Budget Amendment. For future years, staff recommends that the Board carefully consider whether they want to provide ongoing support for assisted living.
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