DeLissio appointed to new Pa. Long-Term Care Council
HARRISBURG, May 26 -- State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council within the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council was established by Act 64 of 2015 to replace the Intra-Governmental Council of Long-Term Care, created in 1988. This Long-Term Care Council will broaden the previous scope and address topics ranging from facility based care to home and community-based services.
"I am pleased to play a role on this new council," DeLissio said. "Our state ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth. Our current system is difficult for consumers and caregivers to navigate and one of my goals as a member of the council will be to ensure that the continuum of housing and services is as seamless as possible."
The council will consist of 35 members, and focus on six different areas of concentration: regulatory review and access to quality care; community access and public education; long-term care service models and delivery; work force; housing; and behavioral health issues of seniors 60 or older.
When the law was under consideration in the House last year, DeLissio amended it to ensure consumers and caregivers were adequately represented on the council so the state could benefit from their first-hand knowledge.
DeLissio was appointed to the new council by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.
"Pam DeLissio has focused on long-term care issues throughout her career and in her six years as a legislator," Dermody said. "She’s a great addition to the council because she knows how to balance the business realities of long-term care with the very real and immediate concerns of individuals needing care and compassion."
DeLissio has nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care and small business ownership.