As part of Gov. Blanco’s continuing efforts to move health care reform forward, a daylong meeting is being held Friday, October 22 in which discussions will be held about short-term and long-term solutions to Louisiana’s system of care for the elderly and for people with disabilities and mental illness.

The invitation-only meeting brings together the various stakeholders (advocates and consumers of services, providers, policy makers, government officials, etc.) who will discuss and address long-term supports and services.

The meeting is designed to provide an opportunity for providers, advocates and consumers of services to listen to the concerns of each other, and for government officials to hear the concerns of all stakeholders.

Members of the news media are invited and urged to attend.

What:               Meeting and Listening Session on long-term care
When:              Friday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Who:                Raymond Jetson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Hospital, Kim Hunter Reed, Policy  and Planning Director, Governor’s Office - will give the opening remarks

Where:             Baton Rouge River Center

                        275 South River Road

                        Mayor/President Meeting Room (near administrative offices)
                        Baton Rouge