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A02298 Summary:

COSPNSRAbbate, Carroll, Dinowitz, Griffin, Hyndman, Lupardo, McDonough, Richardson, Walker
MLTSPNSRBarrett, Cahill, Colton, DiPietro, Englebright, Galef, Gottfried, Lavine, Montesano, Otis, Palmesano, Ra, Reyes, Williams
Add 225, Eld L
Establishes an Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program for medical and non-medical professionals to promote earlier identification of Alzheimer's and to provide information and other assistance in finding community support for caregivers.
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A02298 Actions:

01/14/2021referred to aging
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A02298 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing an Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program   PURPOSE: Creates the Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program to promote earlier identification of the disease, provide information and assistance on where to find community supports and to promote public awareness concerning Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill adds new section 224 to the Elder Law, creating the Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program. The purpose of this program is to promote identification and public awareness of demen- tia with education and information, training curriculum, public service announcements, and other similar efforts and material for medical as well as non-medical personnel. The new section also allows for, but does not require, the appointment of one or more advisory councils. Section two of the bill provides that this act shall take effect imme- diately.   JUSTIFICATION: According to the New York State Task Force on Alzheimer's disease and other Dementias, 300,000 older New York State residents have dementia and this number is projected to continue growing rapidly. Coined "The Disease of the Century", the challenges that New York is and will continue to face in serving this population and caregivers will continue to grow. Fortunately, there is growing research and best practices that have helped better identify persons with Alzheimer's disease, better care for persons with Alzheimer's disease, provide better support services for caregivers and provide packages of services that delay nursing home placements. As the population ages, it is important to provide appropriate information and assistance, training and outreach and education to providers of services and to the general public in order to ensure that identification and intervention occur earlier and families are linked with the appropriate support to help provide a good quality of life for the individual with the disease.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020-19: Simon - referred to Aging 2018-17: Simon - referred to Aging 2016-15: Simon - referred to Aging 2014: S.4384 - Referred to Aging 2013: S.4384 - Reported to Finance 2011-12: S.2187 - Referred to Aging 2009-10: S.2016 - Referred to Aging 2008: S.2451 - Reported to Rules 2007: S.2451 - Reported to Finance   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02298 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 14, 2021
        Introduced  by M. of A. SIMON, ABBATE, CARROLL, DINOWITZ, GRIFFIN, HYND-
          MAN, LUPARDO, McDONOUGH, RICHARDSON, WALKER -- Multi-Sponsored  by  --
          once and referred to the Committee on Aging

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  elder  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  an
          Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a  new  section  225  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  225.  Alzheimer's  disease  outreach and education program. 1.  The
     4  office, in consultation with  the  commissioner  of  health,  is  hereby
     5  authorized and directed to establish an Alzheimer's disease outreach and
     6  education  program  ("the  program") for medical and non-medical profes-
     7  sionals, including physicians, nurses, and social services personnel who
     8  work with older New Yorkers and their families, and for consumers, care-
     9  givers and other individuals and organizations working with or on behalf
    10  of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The purpose of
    11  the program shall be to:
    12    (a) promote earlier identification of dementia in health care  facili-
    13  ties including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and
    14  assisted living facilities;
    15    (b)  provide  information  and  assistance  on where to find community
    16  support services,  including  caregiver  support  groups  and  services,
    17  respite,  care  management  and  to serve as a clearinghouse for related
    18  information; and
    19    (c) promote public awareness of and access to resources  and  informa-
    20  tion  concerning  Alzheimer's  disease  and  any  other dementia related
    21  matters that the commissioner and director of the office for  the  aging
    22  deem appropriate.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 2298                             2
     1    2.  The  program  shall include but shall not be limited to any of the
     2  following elements:
     3    (a)  educational  and informational materials in print, audio, visual,
     4  electronic or other media;
     5    (b) training curriculum including best practices for  institutions  of
     6  higher learning and for ongoing in-service training;
     7    (c) public service announcements and advertisements; and
     8    (d)  establishment  of  toll-free  telephone  hotlines  and electronic
     9  services to provide information.
    10    3. The office shall produce, make  available  to  others  for  reprod-
    11  uction,  or  contract with others to develop materials mentioned in this
    12  section as the director deems appropriate. These materials shall be made
    13  available to the public free of charge as appropriate or for a fee under
    14  certain circumstances. The director  may  request  the  commissioner  of
    15  health  to  require  any  health  care  provider to make these materials
    16  available  to  patients  where  appropriate  and  encourage  non-medical
    17  professionals to make them available to the clients they serve.
    18    4.  In  exercising  any  of  his or her powers under this section, the
    19  director shall consult with appropriate health  care  professionals  and
    20  providers,  senior service providers, organizations representing persons
    21  with dementia or cognitive impairments, consumers and patients or organ-
    22  izations representing them.
    23    5. The director  shall  ensure  that  all  information  and  materials
    24  produced  under  this section are maintained and updated to reflect best
    25  practice recommendations and are culturally and linguistically appropri-
    26  ate for the communities served by the Alzheimer's disease  outreach  and
    27  education  program.  The office shall post electronic copies of outreach
    28  material, including best practices, on its website.  The  department  of
    29  health shall post the same information on its website.
    30    6.  The  director  may  appoint  advisory councils relating to various
    31  matters under this section. All such councils  shall  include  represen-
    32  tation  of  health care professionals, providers, senior service provid-
    33  ers, organizations  representing  persons  with  dementia  or  cognitive
    34  impairments,  consumers,  patients  and other appropriate interests. The
    35  members  of  the  councils  shall  receive  no  compensation  for  their
    36  services,  but  shall  be  allowed  their  actual and necessary expenses
    37  incurred in performance of their duties.
    38    7. In addition to state funds appropriated  under  this  section,  the
    39  director may accept grants from public or private sources. The director,
    40  in  administering  this  section,  shall seek to coordinate programs and
    41  activities under this section with other public  and  private  programs,
    42  and  may  undertake  joint  or cooperative programs with other public or
    43  private entities.
    44    8. The director may make rules and regulations necessary and appropri-
    45  ate for implementation of this section.
    46    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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