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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2010

Governor Announces Elimination of PASSPORT & Other Home and Community-Based Service Waitlists

Reallocation of Funds Led to Quick Placement for Consumers

COLUMBUS - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced that the waitlists for home and community-based services funded through the Department of Aging, including PASSPORT, Assisted Living, Choices, and PACE, have been eliminated.

"Older Ohioans should have access to a spectrum of choices when deciding where they would like to receive medical and personal care services," Strickland said. "I appreciate the collaboration and hard work of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Doug Lumpkin and Ohio Department of Aging Director Barbara Riley. Because of their efforts, Ohio senior citizens who prefer to remain in home or community care settings are no longer relegated to waitlists."

On February 22, Strickland called for the transfer of resources from ODJFS to the Department of Aging to pay for the elimination of the PASSPORT, Assisted Living and PACE program waiting lists. At the time, 592 Ohioans were on waitlists; today, those waitlists are clear.