Sonora, CA — The state’s tough budget times have hit Tuolumne County’s Adult Day Health Care.
The non-profit organization Sierra LifeNet took over the Adult Day Health Care program last August as part of the Tuolumne General Hospital transition. The California legislature is eliminating funding for Adult Day Healthcare as a Medi-Cal benefit effective July 1st. 95 percent of the people who are in Adult Day Health Care rely on that benefit. Because of this development, the Sierra LifeNet Board of Directors has decided to close the doors on Hospital Road effective April 29th.
“It is not only devastating, it is just unbelievable,” says Board member Kathryn Johnston. “The program has been here for 24 years and serves so many people. The community rallied last year and we raised $83,000 to help support the program through the first year of transition.”
There are currently 57 residents that utilize Adult Day Health Care in the county.