Jamie Kelly, Broome County Aging Services Director, Arrives Just in Time for Managed LTC
Jamie Kelly joined the Broome County Office for Aging as its Director four months ago and was immediately taken by the idea of one particular service offered through that office – Social Adult Day Services.
The Broome County Office for Aging has two of these programs, one in Endicott and one in Binghamton. Both supported by grants from the New York State Office for the Aging.
They’re called Yesteryears. They offer frail, isolated or impaired seniors over 60 years of age structured, supervised activities in a warm,
Jamie Kelly joined the Broome County Office for the Aging as Director in January.
caring environment. It’s an alternative to a nursing home for some.
“I don’t understand why there aren’t more programs like Yesteryears,” Jamie said. “It’s a safe environment that allows family to continue their lives and have their loved ones with them. When I came here it was clearly a wonderful alternative to people being in a nursing home.”
Social Adult Day Services programs offer a more structured environment than Senior Centers and have been in the news lately because they are now part of Medicaid Managed Long Term Care.
The Endicott and Binghamton programs are non-Medicaid programs and are covered through funding from NYS Community Services for the Elderly (CSE).
The Broome County Office for Aging has contracted with two Managed Long Term Care companies and is in the process of negotiating with others to offer Social Adult Day Services for people who are eligible.
“Instead of having to ask for a contribution the Managed Long Term Care company will reimburse the aging office. That means more people who may have slipped through the cracks in the past can attend,” Jamie said.
The goal is to bring down the cost of long term care with more and better community-based long term services and supports.
“It’s a relatively new development, Medicaid Managed Long Term Care, and the Broome County Office for Aging is looking at it as a positive development,” Jamie said.
Ultimately, Jamie hopes to have four Managed Long Term Care contracts with companies like Fidelis, which was the first to sign on with the county.
“I hope the four come through, that way people have choice. Competition is good. It can only mean good things for the seniors in our communities,” she said.
Jamie replaced retiring Director Kathy Bunnell in January. She came from Catholic Charities and has been in human services for two decades. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Binghamton.
“When I met Kathy (Bunnell) we talked for several hours,” Jamie said. “We had a lot of the same ideas and philosophies about management style and human services.
“Although this is an appointed position in Broome County, it’s still a human service agency. We are here to meet the needs of the seniors throughout the county. We have a great group of professionals working in our agency who are all committed to meeting the needs of the people we serve.”
for more information on Broome County’s Yesteryears programs.