Supervisor BORN offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PROPOSED 2019-2020 NYS BUDGET PROPOSAL APPROPRIATING ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO ADDRESS WAITING LISTS FOR OFA IN-HOME SERVICES

WHEREAS, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors recognizes the value of the services provided by the Fulton County Office for the Aging; and

WHEREAS, it is noted that such services, in partnership with community based organizations, have demonstrated their efficacy in helping older New Yorkers maintain autonomy and independence as well as reducing Medicaid expenses; and

WHEREAS, it has been proven that these services reduce hospitalization, reduce emergency room visits, are critical to a safe discharge from institutional care and are instrumental in preventing and delaying skilled nursing facility placement; and

WHEREAS, State and federal funds have not been able to keep pace with local needs for services and flexibility in service provision; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Fulton County Board of Supervisors supports Governor Cuomo’s 2019- 2020 State Budget proposal investing an additional $15 million into the New York State Office for the Aging budget with the intent of targeting unmet needs across New York State; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, Association on Aging in New York, New York State Association of Counties, OFA Director, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor RICE and adopted by the following vote:
TOTAL: Ayes: 19 Nays: 0 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Waldron)

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