|SYNOPSIS:||This bill would create a task force to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease on the residents of Alabama, would provide for its membership, would provide for its duties and responsibilities, and would provide for a termination date.|
To create a task force to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease on the residents of Alabama, provide for its membership, provide for its duties and responsibilities, and provide for a termination date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. There is hereby created the Alzheimer's Disease Task Force. The membership of the task force shall consist of the following: The Chair of the House of Representatives Health Committee, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, or a designee, the Director of the Department of Public Health, or a designee, the Director of the Department of Senior Services, or a designee, the Commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid Agency or a designee, and the following members to be appointed by the Governor: One person with Alzheimer's disease, one caregiver of a person with Alzheimer's disease, a representative of the nursing facility industry, a representative of the assisted living industry, a representative of the adult day services industry, a representative of the medical care provider industry, an Alzheimer's disease researcher, and a representative of the Alzheimer's Association. Members shall serve without compensation. The membership of the task force shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. The Governor shall call the first meeting of the task force at which time the members shall elect a chair and vice-chair. The Department of Public Health shall provide necessary administrative support for the task force.
Section 2. The task force shall assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease on the residents of Alabama, shall examine the existing industries, services, and resources addressing the needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and caregivers, and shall develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to the Alzheimer's disease crisis.
Section 3. The task force shall include an examination of the following in its assessment and recommendations:
(1) Trends in state Alzheimer's disease population and needs, including the changing population with dementia, including, but not limited to, the following:
a. The state role in long-term care, family caregiver support, and assistance to persons with early-stage and early onset of Alzheimer's disease.
b. The state policy regarding persons with Alzheimer's disease and developmental disabilities.
(2) Existing services, resources, and capacity, including, but not limited to, the following:
a. Type, cost, and availability of dementia services.
b. Dementia-specific training requirements for long-term care staff.
c. Quality care measures for residential care facilities.
d. Capacity of public safety and law enforcement to respond to persons with Alzheimer's disease.
e. Availability of home-based and community-based resources for persons with Alzheimer's disease and respite care to assist families.
f. Inventory of long-term care dementia care units.
g. Adequacy and appropriateness of geriatric-psychiatric units for persons with behavior disorders associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
h. Assisted living residential options for persons with dementia.
i. State support of Alzheimer's disease research through universities and other resources.
(3) Needed state policies or responses, including, but not limited to, directions for the provision of clear and coordinated services and supports to persons and families living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and strategies to address any identified gaps in services.
Section 4. (a) The task force shall hold public meetings and utilize technological means, such as web casts, to gather feedback on the recommendations from the general public and from persons and families affected by Alzheimer's disease.
(b) The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature in the form of a State Alzheimer's Disease Plan no later than March 1, 2008, at which time the task force shall terminate.
Section 5. This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.