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S02216 Summary:

Add 216-a, Eld L
Establishes the aging in place council to study and provide recommendations to promote aging in place.
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S02216 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 20, 2021
        Introduced by Sens. SERINO, SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging
        AN  ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the aging in
          place council
          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 216-a to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 216-a. Aging in place council. 1. Definition. For  the  purposes  of
     4  this  section,  the term "council" shall mean the aging in place council
     5  convened by the governor pursuant to this section.
     6    2. Membership. (a) The aging in place council  shall  consist  of  the
     7  director,  who  shall serve, ex officio, as the chair of the council and
     8  who shall designate the vice chair, the commissioner of health  and  the
     9  superintendent  of financial services who shall serve ex officio and who
    10  may designate representatives to act on their behalf, and eleven members
    11  appointed by the governor.
    12    (b) The governor shall appoint eight members to  the  council  on  the
    13  recommendation of legislative leaders as follows:
    14    (1)  the  temporary  president  of  the  senate  shall recommend three
    15  members;
    16    (2) the speaker of the assembly shall recommend three members;
    17    (3) the minority leader of the senate shall recommend one member; and
    18    (4) the minority leader of the assembly shall recommend one member.
    19    (c) The governor shall appoint three members based on the  recommenda-
    20  tions  of  local  area agencies on aging, who they consider to represent
    21  their membership reflective of state geography and needs.
    22    3. Compensation. The members of the council, except those who serve ex
    23  officio, shall be allowed their actual and necessary  expenses  incurred
    24  in  the performance of their duties under this section but shall receive
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  no additional  compensation  for  services  rendered  pursuant  to  this
     2  section.
     3    4.  Purpose.  The purpose of the council shall be to study and provide
     4  recommendations on areas that could be improved to promote older persons
     5  aging in place, including, but not limited to:
     6    (a) access to outdoor spaces and buildings;
     7    (b) affordable transportation options;
     8    (c) housing options for older residents;
     9    (d) opportunities for older  residents  to  participate  in  community
    10  activities;
    11    (e)  programs  for  older  persons  such as those promoting nutrition,
    12  health and wellness, as well as programs for caregivers;
    13    (f) employment opportunities and training designed for older persons;
    14    (g) access to technology and  information  sources  that  can  connect
    15  older residents with needed resources;
    16    (h) protections against elder abuse;
    17    (i) home medical care; and
    18    (j) reducing costs.
    19    5.  Meetings.  The  council, on call of the chair, shall meet at least
    20  twice each year and at such other times as may be necessary. The council
    21  may establish quorum requirements and other rules and procedures regard-
    22  ing conduct of its meetings and other affairs.
    23    6. Report. The council shall prepare and issue a report on  the  coun-
    24  cil's  findings and recommendations by October first, two thousand twen-
    25  ty-two to the governor, the temporary president of the  senate  and  the
    26  speaker of the assembly.
    27    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    28  have become a law.
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