senate Bill S2150

Authorizes the director of the office for the aging to establish a long term care worker training pilot program

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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING

Summary

Authorizes the director of the office for the aging to establish a long term care worker training pilot program for the purpose of expanding access to enhanced education and training for health care and social service practitioners who provide services to elderly persons across the state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1849
Versions:
S2150
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง218-a, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3729A, A2109A
2009-2010: S5455, A5864
2007-2008: S7304A, A10465A

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BILL NUMBER:S2150

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establish-
ing a long term care worker training pilot program; and providing for
the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To provide a long term care worker training pilot program
which shall be established in the office for the aging.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the elder law by adding a
new section 218-a, under which the director of the office for the aging
would establish the long term care worker training pilot program for the
purpose of improving the quality of services provided to New York's
elderly persons, by providing education and training where a lack of and
access to training opportunities exist on aging and geriatrics for
health care, social service and other providers of long term care
services. Colleges or universities having an institute on gerontology,
would assist the director in the implementation of the long term care
worker training pilot program.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State has some 3.2 million persons age 60 and
older, who make up 170 of the state's population. With this statistic,
many communities are challenged by increasing numbers of older adults
who need supportive services, such as recreation, income assistance,
transportation, and wellness education, and who have long term chronic
health problems that require home health care, supportive housing, or
institutional care. Many areas face Problems recruiting and retaining
skilled front-line workers, as well as specialists with knowledge of the
particular social and medical needs of older adults, and especially lack
the resources of "state of the art" education and training programs.

This pilot program would improve the quality and access of services
provided to New York's elders by making available training on aging
issues to health care and social service practitioners and other provid-
ers of qualified long term care services in counties across New York
State where:

* a higher than average growth in the older population is evident; and

* there are significant problems with retention and recruitment of long
term care workers.

The program would also increase the opportunity for front line long term
care workers to continually update their gerontology skills through a
variety of educational approaches.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2004: A.9671;Referred to Aging 2005: A.5359A;
Referred to Aging; S.2775 - Referred to Aging 2006: A.5359A; Referred to
Ways and Means; S.2775A; Referred to
Finance 2008: A.10465A; Recommitted to Rules; 57304A;
Amend & Recommit

to Rules 2011-2012: Reported and Committed to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on April one next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law and shall remain in force
and effect until the sixth year anniversary of said effective date on
which date it shall be deemed to be repealed.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2150

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- 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 a  long  term
  care  worker  training  pilot program; and providing for the repeal of
  such provisions upon the expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The elder law is amended by adding a new section 218-a to
read as follows:
  S 218-A. LONG TERM CARE WORKER TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM.  1. THE  DIREC-
TOR,  WITHIN  AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFOR, SHALL ESTABLISH A LONG TERM
CARE WORKER TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF  EXPANDING  ACCESS
TO  ENHANCED  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  ACROSS THE CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES PRACTITIONERS WHO  PROVIDE  SERVICES  TO
ELDERLY  PERSONS  AS  DEFINED  BY  PARAGRAPH  (B)  OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF
SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS TITLE. EMPHASIS SHALL BE PLACED  ON
TRAINING  TRAINERS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TRAINERS FROM COLLEGE,
UNIVERSITY AND BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL  SERVICES  FACULTY,  AND
STAFF  OF  PROVIDER  AGENCIES  IN HIGH NEEDS AREAS, AS SET FORTH IN THIS
SECTION, WHO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR HOME CARE, NURSE  AIDES,
PERSONAL  CARE AIDES, CASE MANAGERS IN THE EXPANDED IN-HOME SERVICES FOR
THE ELDERLY PROGRAM, INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SPECIALISTS INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE WORKING FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS, MUNICIPAL
GOVERNMENTS, NEW YORK CONNECTS-CHOICES FOR LONG TERM CARE, SOCIAL  ADULT
DAY CARE, ADULT DAY CARE AND OTHER CAREGIVERS WITH HANDS-ON RESPONSIBIL-
ITIES  FOR  ELDERLY CLIENTS. THE GOAL SHALL BE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF
CARE PROVIDED TO THE ELDERLY, TO ENSURE THAT  INDIVIDUALS  WORKING  WITH
THE  ELDERLY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE CORE COMPETENCIES IN GERIATRICS, TO
IMPROVE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION,  AND  TO  ASSIST  PROVIDERS  TO  MEET
TRAINING  NEEDS,  INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY REGULATORY AGEN-
CIES. THE DIRECTOR SHALL COORDINATE SUCH  EFFORTS  IN  CONJUNCTION  WITH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02412-01-3

S. 2150                             2

ONGOING  TRAINING  AND  CERTIFICATION  SERVICES  AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH; OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM  AND
SUBSTANCE  ABUSE SERVICES; STATE COMMISSION ON QUALITY OF CARE AND ADVO-
CACY  FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; EDUCATION DEPARTMENT; STATE UNIVER-
SITY OF NEW YORK; OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND SUCH
OTHER AGENCIES AS APPROPRIATE. SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE  COORDINATED  WITH
COMMUNITY  BASED  AGENCIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COUNTY HEALTH,
MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS; COUNTY  OFFICES  FOR  THE
AGING;  COLLEGES  AND  UNIVERSITIES;  BOARDS  OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL
SERVICES; LONG TERM CARE PROVIDERS; AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS; RURAL
HEALTH NETWORKS; AND SUCH OTHER AGENCIES AS  APPROPRIATE.  THE  DIRECTOR
SHALL  PROVIDE  A  METHOD  FOR  ONGOING  EVALUATION AND REPORTING ON THE
SUCCESS OF THIS PILOT PROGRAM IN MEETING ITS STATED GOALS.
  2. THE DIRECTOR, WITHIN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFOR, AND IN  CONSUL-
TATION  WITH  THE  AGENCIES  THE DIRECTOR IS REQUIRED TO COORDINATE WITH
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, SHALL CONTRACT WITH ONE  OR
MORE  COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES WITH A RECOGNIZED INSTITUTE ON GERONTOLO-
GY, TO ASSIST IN THE DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF  THE  LONG
TERM CARE WORKER TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION OF
HIGH  NEEDS  AREAS  WHERE A SHORTAGE OF GERIATRIC TRAINING RESOURCES AND
DIFFICULTIES IN ACCESSING SUCH TRAINING ARE DOCUMENTED.
  3. ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST OF  SEPTEMBER  OF  THE  CALENDAR  YEAR  NEXT
SUCCEEDING THE YEAR IN WHICH THIS SECTION TAKES EFFECT, AND EVERY SECOND
YEAR  THEREAFTER,  THE  DIRECTOR  SHALL  REPORT  TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE
LEGISLATURE ON THE ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN TO DESIGN, IMPLEMENT AND EVALU-
ATE THE LONG TERM CARE WORKER TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM. SUCH REPORT  SHALL
INCLUDE  DATA  RELATING TO PROGRAM ACTIVITIES, OUTCOMES AND OTHER PERTI-
NENT INFORMATION NECESSARY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  PILOT
PROGRAM IN ACCOMPLISHING ITS STATED GOALS.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April of the calendar
year next succeeding the year in which it shall have become a  law,  and
shall expire and be deemed repealed 6 years after it shall take effect.

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