Long-Term Care Taskforce
IMPH convened a taskforce to assess the long-term care (LTC) system in South Carolina and establish a strategic direction that meets the future needs of the system and those it serves. With the release of the taskforce’s final report in June 2015, a Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council was established to focus attention on the recommendations.
Consisting of experts, practitioners and stakeholders from across the state, the taskforce identified priority areas that were in need of improvement, particularly in light of the growing older adult population and researched best practices from South Carolina and across the country. The goal of the taskforce was to present actionable recommendations to policymakers that promote greater return on investment and to offer a broad vision for affordable, accessible and high-quality services enabling older adults and people with disabilities to live with dignity.
Taskforce Leadership & Committees
The Long-Term Care Taskforce was chaired by Joel Smith, Dean Emeritus of the USC Moore School of Business and President (retired) of Bank of America – East Region Banking Group. The Board liaison was Senator Thomas Alexander. The Long-Term Care Taskforce was guided by a 16-member Steering Committee that oversaw the work of four committees which explored specific issues in greater depth, reviewed best practices as needed and generated potential solutions: Access to Care, Financing & Affordability, Providers and Workforce and Service Delivery.
Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council
Following the successful release of the taskforce report in June of 2015, IMPH established a Long-Term Care Leadership Council . The role of the Leadership Council is to prioritize recommendations of the taskforce; keep continued, focused attention on recommendations; eliminate or minimize barriers to implementation; connect and mobilize stakeholders; promote and track progress related to implementation of taskforce recommendations and inform the content of progress report to measure progress towards implementation.
Members of the Long-Term Care Leadership Council:
- Johnny Belissary, Administrator, New Generations Adult Day Centers
- Stephanie Blunt, Executive Director, Trident Area Agency on Aging
- Gerry Dickinson, Policy and Planning Manager, SC Department on Aging
- Kelly Cordell, Director, Adult Advocacy Division, SC Department of Social Services
- Nikki Hutchison, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP South Carolina
- Brenda Hyleman, Aging Life Care Professional
- Nicole Mitchell-Threatt, Deputy Director for Long Term Care Living, SC Department of Health and Human Services
- Kelly Eifert, Program Manager, SC Department of Health and Human Services
- Sam Mathur, President, Comfort Home Health Care
- Beth Franco, Executive Director, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
- Beth Sulkowski, Vice President for Communications and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association, SC Chapter
Please contact Maya Pack for more information on the Long-Term Care Taskforce or Leadership Council.