senate Bill S4384

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes an Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
Apr 16, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Mar 26, 2013 referred to aging

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Apr 16, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

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S4384 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7352
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2187
2009-2010: S2016

S4384 - Bill Texts

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Establishes an Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program for medical and non-medical professionals to promote earlier identification of Alzheimers and to provide information and other assistance in finding community support for caregivers.

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BILL NUMBER:S4384

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 dementia 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
immediately.

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

                                  4384

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- 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  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:

  Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a  new  section  224  to
read as follows:
  S  224.  ALZHEIMER'S  DISEASE  OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAM. 1.  THE
OFFICE, IN CONSULTATION WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  HEALTH,  IS  HEREBY
AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH AN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE OUTREACH AND
EDUCATION  PROGRAM  ("THE  PROGRAM") FOR MEDICAL AND NON-MEDICAL PROFES-
SIONALS, INCLUDING PHYSICIANS, NURSES, AND SOCIAL SERVICES PERSONNEL WHO
WORK WITH OLDER NEW YORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND FOR CONSUMERS, CARE-
GIVERS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS WORKING WITH OR ON BEHALF
OF PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIA. THE PURPOSE OF
THE PROGRAM SHALL BE TO:
  (A) PROMOTE EARLIER IDENTIFICATION OF DEMENTIA IN HEALTH CARE  FACILI-
TIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, CLINICS, AND
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES;
  (B)  PROVIDE  INFORMATION  AND  ASSISTANCE  ON WHERE TO FIND COMMUNITY
SUPPORT SERVICES,  INCLUDING  CAREGIVER  SUPPORT  GROUPS  AND  SERVICES,
RESPITE,  CARE  MANAGEMENT  AND  TO SERVE AS A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR RELATED
INFORMATION; AND
  (C) PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF AND ACCESS TO RESOURCES  AND  INFORMA-
TION  CONCERNING  ALZHEIMER'S  DISEASE  AND  ANY  OTHER DEMENTIA RELATED
MATTERS THAT THE COMMISSIONER AND DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR  THE  AGING
DEEM APPROPRIATE.
  2.  THE  PROGRAM  SHALL INCLUDE BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO ANY OF THE
FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09768-01-3

S. 4384                             2

  (A) EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS IN PRINT,  AUDIO,  VISUAL,
ELECTRONIC OR OTHER MEDIA;
  (B)  TRAINING  CURRICULUM INCLUDING BEST PRACTICES FOR INSTITUTIONS OF
HIGHER LEARNING AND FOR ONGOING IN-SERVICE TRAINING;
  (C) PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ADVERTISEMENTS; AND
  (D) ESTABLISHMENT  OF  TOLL-FREE  TELEPHONE  HOTLINES  AND  ELECTRONIC
SERVICES TO PROVIDE INFORMATION.
  3.  THE  OFFICE  SHALL  PRODUCE,  MAKE AVAILABLE TO OTHERS FOR REPROD-
UCTION, OR CONTRACT WITH OTHERS TO DEVELOP MATERIALS MENTIONED  IN  THIS
SECTION AS THE DIRECTOR DEEMS APPROPRIATE. THESE MATERIALS SHALL BE MADE
AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE AS APPROPRIATE OR FOR A FEE UNDER
CERTAIN  CIRCUMSTANCES.  THE  DIRECTOR  MAY  REQUEST THE COMMISSIONER OF
HEALTH TO REQUIRE ANY HEALTH  CARE  PROVIDER  TO  MAKE  THESE  MATERIALS
AVAILABLE  TO  PATIENTS  WHERE  APPROPRIATE  AND  ENCOURAGE  NON-MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE TO THE CLIENTS THEY SERVE.
  4. IN EXERCISING ANY OF HIS OR HER  POWERS  UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  THE
DIRECTOR  SHALL  CONSULT  WITH APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND
PROVIDERS, SENIOR SERVICE PROVIDERS, ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING  PERSONS
WITH DEMENTIA OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS, CONSUMERS AND PATIENTS OR ORGAN-
IZATIONS REPRESENTING THEM.
  5.  THE  DIRECTOR  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  ALL  INFORMATION AND MATERIALS
PRODUCED UNDER THIS SECTION ARE MAINTAINED AND UPDATED TO  REFLECT  BEST
PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS AND ARE CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY APPROPRI-
ATE  FOR  THE COMMUNITIES SERVED BY THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE OUTREACH AND
EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE OFFICE SHALL POST ELECTRONIC COPIES  OF  OUTREACH
MATERIAL,  INCLUDING  BEST  PRACTICES, ON ITS WEBSITE. THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH SHALL POST THE SAME INFORMATION ON ITS WEBSITE.
  6. THE DIRECTOR MAY APPOINT  ADVISORY  COUNCILS  RELATING  TO  VARIOUS
MATTERS  UNDER  THIS  SECTION. ALL SUCH COUNCILS SHALL INCLUDE REPRESEN-
TATION OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, PROVIDERS, SENIOR  SERVICE  PROVID-
ERS,  ORGANIZATIONS  REPRESENTING  PERSONS  WITH  DEMENTIA  OR COGNITIVE
IMPAIRMENTS, CONSUMERS, PATIENTS AND OTHER  APPROPRIATE  INTERESTS.  THE
MEMBERS  OF  THE  COUNCILS  SHALL  RECEIVE  NO  COMPENSATION  FOR  THEIR
SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE  ALLOWED  THEIR  ACTUAL  AND  NECESSARY  EXPENSES
INCURRED IN PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  7.  IN  ADDITION  TO  STATE FUNDS APPROPRIATED UNDER THIS SECTION, THE
DIRECTOR MAY ACCEPT GRANTS FROM PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SOURCES. THE DIRECTOR,
IN ADMINISTERING THIS SECTION, SHALL SEEK  TO  COORDINATE  PROGRAMS  AND
ACTIVITIES  UNDER  THIS  SECTION WITH OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROGRAMS,
AND MAY UNDERTAKE JOINT OR COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS  WITH  OTHER  PUBLIC  OR
PRIVATE ENTITIES.
  8. THE DIRECTOR MAY MAKE RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY AND APPROPRI-
ATE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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