Good grief - could they make it any more difficult. I am sorry. Frustrating for me too - EXTREMELY !!!
I did find a list of these facilities by CA county - the list link is at the bottom of this post - and the rest is just info on the program and how I got to the list. Long, I know, but this is how I trace - it's still info -
Hope this helps more -
NOLO is a legal (encyclopedia-type) site for the common person and it does describe what I am talking about - so this is just for info but sometimes a little knowledge goes a long way especially when looking for a needle in a haystack [ 😉 ].
NOLO - When California's Medi-Cal Will Pay for a Nursing Home, Assisted Living, or Home Care
from the link:
Medi-Cal for Assisted Living Facility Residents
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) offer a wide range of supportive services like housekeeping, medication management, meal preparation, and assistance with dressing and bathing, but they do not offer skilled nursing care. (In 2019, the average cost of an assisted living facility was $4,500 per month.)
In general, Medicaid pays for room and board only when they are offered in an institution that provides skilled care (like a nursing home), and it does not generally pay for room and board expenses in assisted living facilities. However, in California, to assist with the costs of assisted living facilities, the state has created a Medi-Cal program called the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) that pays for ALFs in some counties.
( These MAY BE the counties - I don't know - these seem to be the ones that took nursing home residents in covid hot spots - but looks like these counties are in the program)
California DHCS.gov - Assisted Living Waiver
Back to the NOLO site: it says -
Assisted Living Waiver
ALW is a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program that offers care coordination services and can pay for expenses associated with some assisted living facilities and also with some home health services. Most recipients of ALW services still have to pay most of their income to the assisted living facility for room and board charges.
To be eligible for ALW, you must be eligible for Medi-Cal (without the Share of Cost program) and require an intermediate level of care. You meet that level of care if, without the ALW services, you would need to live in a nursing home. However, because ALW is a Medicaid waiver program, it does not need to be equally available to everyone in the state who is eligible for it. At this time, California has opted to make the services available to some seniors and people with disabilities living in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Los Angeles, Sonoma, Fresno, San Bernardino, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Diego, Riverside, Kern, Orange, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties.
If you qualify for ALW, you must use one of the assisted living facilities that have been approved by the state to participate in the program. The state licenses and regulates assisted living facilities that wish to receive Medi-Cal payments. Those approved facilities are called Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)RCFEs can have as few as six beds or as many as 100 beds.
Are you in one of those counties? Then IF you are - there has to be some way for you to find out if you can enroll and if there are openings in this program - Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)
I have found the actual manual of policies and procedures for this program
It says it is under the STATE OF CALIFORNIA
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES - COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION
I found the place where the actual AS facilities actually apply, get reviewed for the program:
but when I went to the link at the bottom of this page that says
The page says no longer available. (Grrrrrrr ☹️) - but there are other links on the page Soooooo -
I found this list of the facilities (current as of 09/01/2021)
California Department of Health Care Services Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) Program Participating Fac...
Now will you be eligible? Do they have any openings???? Can you find out how to get in? NOTE THE FOOTNOTES AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH PAGE as to the type of facility/ current openings/new facility - suppose to be current as of end of 08/2021.
But I hope this helps more. GOOD LUCK
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