Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Adults with Alzheimer´s disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility. In order to prevent such transitions and to keep residents in the least restrictive setting possible, the State of New York has enacted the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Residence Program for Persons with Dementia.

The 2018-19 State Budget Agreement authorized the Department of Health to establish this voucher program to subsidize the cost of a SNALR for individuals with Alzheimer´s disease and/or dementia. Through the program, the Department may issue up to 200 vouchers that subsidize up to 75% of the regional average private pay rate for the monthly cost of a SNALR for an approved applicant living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer´s disease and/or dementia.

Waitlist Information

As of June 23, 2021, the SNALR Voucher Program has instituted a waitlist for new applicants to the program. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility upon receipt using existing program protocols. Only eligible applicants will be waitlisted. Eligible applicants will be notified that they are eligible and that they are being placed on a waitlist by email. Applicants not eligible for the program will be notified by email that they do not meet the criteria for the program.

Waitlisted applicants will be removed from the waitlist and added to the program as vouchers become available, so far as the addition fits under budgetary restrictions, in the order that they were waitlisted. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Prior to enrolling a waitlisted applicant, the Department will confirm the applicant´s information remains accurate, and provide information on the start date of voucher payments and the amount of the payment.

Program Information:

Contact ALTCteam@health.ny.gov for more information or with any questions.