Georgia Health Services Network embraces two Medicaid programs to assist residents with paying for Assisted Living Services; SOURCE (Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment program) and CCSP (Community Care Services Program). These programs are Medicaid based and help people pay for services they receive in a personal care home.
SOURCE is available to the frail elderly and disabled who are eligible or receiving SSI/Medicaid (Supplemental Security Income). People under age 65 are eligible provided that they have a disability and are receiving SSI/Medicaid. If you or your loved one is receiving SSI/Medicaid you may be eligible for the SOURCE Program.
How much does it cost? Residents pay the personal care home $609.00 ( a rate established as of by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging (01/01/14) out of their monthly SSI check of $721.00. The remaining $112.00 is kept by the resident for personal needs. Keep in mind that the $609.00 pays for room and board which includes a bedroom, access to the rest of the home, 3 meals a day, snacks and bi monthly medical monitoring by a nurse.
SOURCE requires an assessment to determine eligibility. Clients must meet Intermediate Nursing Home level of Care in order to qualify. A memory deficit and or a obvious physical disability as well as a chronic medical condition are required in order for a person to be eligible for this program.
How long does it take to become enrolled in the SOURCE Program? Provided that a prospective client is already enrolled on Georgia Medicaid it typically takes 2 months from start to finish for a client to be enrolled on ALS SOURCE Services. Clients can still move into the PCH while their application is in process. If you are moving in during the middle of the month, the amount due is pro-rated based on the number of days left in the month.
CCSP (Community Care Service Program)
Generally people utilizing the CCSP Program through Georgia Health Services are elderly and unable to live alone. They do not need the level of care found in a nursing home but do require some assistance with everyday living. CCSP recipients have a monthly income between $400 and $1809 per month.
Persons served through the CCSP Program must be eligible for Medicaid and meet the following requirements:
- Have limitations which make it difficult to perform normal daily living activities and live independently
- Have health needs that can be met in the community with services offered by the program and within established individual cost guidelines.
What does this mean? If your loved one has Medicaid (or qualifies for Medicaid), meets the above criteria, and has an income between $400 and $1809 dollars per month, they may qualify for the CCSP Program and obtain residency in a licensed personal care home.
How much does it cost? Residents using CCSP pay the personal care home $609 per month (a rate established by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging (01/01/14) and a cost share (based on income) determined by a CCSP Staff Member.
Why do we have to pay a Cost Share? Cost Shares are used to offset the amount not paid by the State of Georgia for ALS Services. CCSP and DFCS determine the cost share.
How long does it take to become enrolled in the CCSP Program? It typically takes 2-4 months from start to finish for a client to be enrolled in CCSP. Clients can still move into the PCH while their application is in process. If you are moving in during the middle of the month, the room and board rate amount due is pro-rated based on the number of days left in the month.