|SAME AS||SAME AS S05209-A|
|Amd §206, Eld L|
|Relates to informal caregiver training; defines "person in need of assistance"; and expands who may serve as an "informal caregiver".|
|03/12/2019||referred to aging|
|03/19/2019||reported referred to ways and means|
|05/20/2019||amend and recommit to ways and means|
|05/20/2019||print number 6597a|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6597A SPONSOR: Bronson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to informal caregiver training   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To encourage the development of training and supports for older adults who are caregivers for minors.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would broaden the informal caregiver training program to include training and resources for older adults who are caregivers for minors. The term "frail or disabled person" has been replaced with "person in need of assistance".   JUSTIFICATION: Training for informal caregivers is crucial to ensuring their success. Often family members, these caregivers provide assistance worth billions of dollars every year. We want to support the ability of family members to care for family. There is a growing number of older adults who are caregivers themselves for children in their family due to a variety of circumstances. These individuals may themselves be in need of care, but also want to provide care and a loving home to the child in their charge.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A.7876 (Lupardo) - Reported to Ways and Means 2017: A.7876 (Lupardo) - Referred to Aging   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This Act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6597--A 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 12, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BRONSON -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Aging -- reported and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to informal caregiver train- ing The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 206 of the elder law, subparagraph 4 of paragraph 2 (a) of subdivision 3 as added by chapter 269 of the laws of 2014, is 3 amended to read as follows: 4 § 206. Informal caregiver training. 1. The director is hereby author- 5 ized and directed, to the extent appropriations are available therefor, 6 to develop, establish and operate training and technical assistance 7 programs, including caregiver resource centers, caregiver networks, and 8 other support activities, for informal caregivers throughout the state 9 for the purposes of assisting such caregivers and improving the quality 10 of care provided [ to frail and disabled persons]. The director shall 11 also make available and encourage the utilization of such training 12 programs in consultation with the commissioner of the department of 13 health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services, 14 the commissioner of the office of mental health, and the commissioner of 15 [ mental retardation and developmental disabilities] the office for 16 people with developmental disabilities. 17 2. Definitions. For the purposes of this section: (a) "Informal care- 18 giver" shall mean the family member or other natural person who normally 19 provides [ the] daily care or supervision [ of a frail or disabled person] 20 of a person in need of assistance, or any family member or other natural 21 person who contributes to and is involved in [ the] caretaking responsi- 22 bilities [ for such frail or disabled person] for a person in need of 23 assistance. Such informal caregiver may provide care for a person in EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04310-05-9A. 6597--A 2 1 need of assistance, but need not[ ,] reside in the same household as the 2 [ frail or disabled] person, or may be an older adult providing care to a 3 minor relative in their home. 4 (b) [ "Frail or disabled person" shall mean any person who is unable to5 attend to his or her daily needs without the assistance or regular6 supervision of an informal caregiver due to mental or physical impair-7 ment. Such definition shall not exclude persons under eighteen years of8 age who suffer from mental or physical impairment.] "Person in need of 9 assistance" shall mean any person who requires assistance with one or 10 more activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily 11 living. 12 (c) "Program" shall mean the program of informal caregiver training 13 and technical assistance established by this section. 14 (d) "Caregiver resource center" shall mean a project funded pursuant 15 to this section which provides services and activities which are respon- 16 sive to the needs and contracts of informal caregivers in regard to 17 their caregiving responsibilities. 18 (e) "Caregiver networks" shall mean local coalitions which develop, 19 coordinate, and implement action plans to identify and mobilize 20 resources to address the unmet needs of [ frail and disabled] persons in 21 need of assistance and [ their] informal caregivers. 22 (f) "Older adult" shall mean any person aged sixty years of age or 23 older. 24 (g) "Minor" shall mean a person seventeen years of age or younger. 25 3. (a) The duties of the director pursuant to this section shall 26 include, but not be limited to: 27 (1) developing and [ make] making available or [ approve] approving a 28 curriculum for informal caregiver training which considers and is easily 29 adapted to an array of personal needs and disabilities, and which is 30 sensitive to ethnic and community characteristics; 31 (2) providing technical assistance and training to appropriate organ- 32 izations and groups, including caregiver resource centers and caregiver 33 networks, which, in turn, shall provide training and assistance to 34 informal caregivers; [ and] 35 (3) providing grants to appropriate organizations and groups, includ- 36 ing caregiver resource centers and caregiver networks, to develop and 37 make available approved curricula for informal caregiver training as 38 well as disseminate information regarding the curriculum[ .]; and 39 (4) [ develop] developing guidelines for local area agencies on aging 40 in order to provide the following: 41 (i) information and assistance regarding gaining access to available 42 services to assist informal caregivers; 43 (ii) resource referrals for informal caregivers regarding decision- 44 making on behalf of the individual receiving care; and 45 (iii) counseling referrals for informal caregivers. 46 (b) Training and technical assistance shall include, but not be limit- 47 ed to: 48 (1) knowledge of major health problems and diseases, mental [ and] 49 illness, physical disabilities, and the aging process; 50 (2) practical skills required in providing personal care and support; 51 (3) stress awareness and methods of dealing with stress caused by 52 providing care; 53 (4) financial management; and 54 (5) identification and utilization of available resources, including 55 benefits, entitlements, and other programs and assistance. 56 4. The director shall:A. 6597--A 3 1 (a) Promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to carry out the 2 provisions of this section. 3 (b) On or before the first day of January every other year, submit a 4 report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the 5 speaker of the assembly, which shall include, but not be limited to: 6 (1) a financial report of the program's operation; 7 (2) a profile of persons or groups receiving training and technical 8 assistance pursuant to this section; and 9 (3) an analysis of the program's success in assisting informal care- 10 givers and improving the quality of care provided by such persons. 11 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.