Robert Jenkens, a national expert in long-term care policy and nursing home diversification, will be in Louisiana next week to discuss options and policies available to help nursing home owners and operators interested in providing assisted living and/or community living services. Jenkens is coming at the request of the Governor’s Offices of Disability Affairs and Elderly Affairs.

State health care officials hope Jenkens visit will help further the long-term care reform efforts underway as part of the Governor’s desire to provide more choices in long-term care services for Louisiana citizens.

Jenkens has worked as the Real Estate Development Manager for Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (ALC), overseeing the development of assisted living projects serving moderate income and Medicaid-eligible tenants. He also worked as a senior analyst at the AARP’s Public Policy Institute, focusing on assisted living and livable community policy issues, model standards and quality initiatives.

Jenkens currently serves as vice president of NCB Development Corporation, where he provides policy and development consulting to states, communities and organizations interested in promoting affordable assisted living and housing with services options. Jenkens and NCB provide these services through the Robert Wood Johnson funded Coming Home Program and other initiatives.

The Coming Home Program concentrates on key policy areas and development issues impacting the availability and quality of affordable assisted living, including state regulations and monitoring programs, state reimbursement policies, state housing finance agency programs and related federal programs.

Jenkens will be making a presentation on affordable assisted living and housing with supports to local nonprofit organizations in Baton Rouge on Monday, Feb. 14, from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Briefing Room of the State Capitol. Media and members of the public are welcome to attend.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Jenkens, please contact the Department of Health Bureau of Media and Communications at (225) 342-4742.