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HF 2036

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:57am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring the commissioner of health to convene an
Alzheimer's disease working group; requiring a report.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginALZHEIMER'S DISEASE WORKING GROUP.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment; members. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health, in
collaboration with the Minnesota Board on Aging, must convene an Alzheimer's disease
working group that consists of no more than 15 members including, but not limited to:
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new text begin (a) at least one caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's
disease;
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new text begin (b) at least one person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease;
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new text begin (c) a representative of the nursing facility industry;
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new text begin (d) a representative of the assisted living industry;
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new text begin (e) a representative of the adult day services industry;
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new text begin (f) a representative of the medical care provider community;
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new text begin (g) an Alzheimer's researcher;
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new text begin (h) a representative of the Alzheimer's Association;
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new text begin (i) the commissioner of human services or a designee;
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new text begin (j) the commissioner of health or a designee;
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new text begin (k) the ombudsman for long-term care or a designee;
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new text begin (l) the commissioner of public safety or a designee; and
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new text begin (m) at least two members named by the governor.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties; recommendations. new text end

new text begin The Alzheimer's disease working group must
examine the array of needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, services
available to meet these needs, and the capacity of the state and current providers to meet
these and future needs. The working group shall consider and make recommendations
on the following issues:
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new text begin (a) trends in the state's Alzheimer's population and service needs including, but
not limited to:
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new text begin (1) the state's role in long-term care, family caregiver support, and assistance to
persons with early-stage and early-onset of Alzheimer's disease;
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new text begin (2) state policy regarding persons with Alzheimer's disease and dementia; and
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new text begin (3) establishment of a surveillance system for the purpose of having proper estimates
of the number of persons in the state with Alzheimer's disease, and the changing
population with dementia.
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new text begin (b) existing resources, services, and capacity including, but not limited to:
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new text begin (1) type, cost, and availability of dementia services;
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new text begin (2) dementia-specific training requirements for long-term care staff;
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new text begin (3) quality care measures for residential care facilities;
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new text begin (4) capacity of public safety and law enforcement officers to respond to persons with
Alzheimer's disease or dementia;
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new text begin (5) availability of home and community-based resources for persons with
Alzheimer's disease, including respite care;
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new text begin (6) number and availability of long-term care dementia units;
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new text begin (7) adequacy and appropriateness of geriatric psychiatric units for persons with
behavior disorders associated with Alzheimer's and related dementia;
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new text begin (8) assisted living residential options for persons with dementia; and
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new text begin (9) state support of Alzheimer's research through Minnesota universities and other
resources.
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new text begin (c) needed policies or responses including, but not limited to, the provision of
coordinated services and supports to persons and families living with Alzheimer's and
related disorders, the capacity to meet these needs, and strategies to address identified
gaps in services.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Meetings. new text end

new text begin At least four working group meetings must be public meetings,
and to the extent practicable, technological means, such as Web casts, should be used to
reach the greatest number of people throughout the state.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health must submit a report and
recommendations to the governor and chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over health care no later than January 15, 2011.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Private funding. new text end

new text begin To the extent available, the commissioner of health may
utilize funding provided by private foundations and other private funding sources to
complete the duties of the Alzheimer's disease working group.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Sunset. new text end

new text begin The Alzheimer's disease working group sunsets upon delivery of
the required report to the governor and legislative committees.
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