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Informal caregiver training
§ 206. Informal caregiver training. 1. The director is hereby
authorized and directed, to the extent appropriations are available
therefor, to develop, establish and operate training and technical
assistance programs, including caregiver resource centers, caregiver
networks, and other support activities, for informal caregivers
throughout the state for the purposes of assisting such caregivers and
improving the quality of care provided to frail and disabled persons.
The director shall also make available and encourage the utilization of
such training programs in consultation with the commissioner of health,
the commissioner of the office of children and family services, the
commissioner of mental health, and the commissioner of the office for
people with developmental disabilities.

2. Definitions. For the purposes of this section: (a) "Informal
caregiver" shall mean the family member or other natural person who
normally provides the daily care or supervision of a frail or disabled
person, or any family member or other natural person who contributes to
and is involved in the caretaking responsibilities for such frail or
disabled person. Such informal caregiver may, but need not, reside in
the same household as the frail or disabled person.

(b) "Frail or disabled person" shall mean any person who is unable to
attend to his or her daily needs without the assistance or regular
supervision of an informal caregiver due to mental or physical
impairment. Such definition shall not exclude persons under eighteen
years of age who suffer from mental or physical impairment.

(c) "Program" shall mean the program of informal caregiver training
and technical assistance established by this section.

(d) "Caregiver resource center" shall mean a project funded pursuant
to this section which provides services and activities which are
responsive to the needs and contracts of informal caregivers in regard
to their caregiving responsibilities.

(e) "Caregiver networks" shall mean local coalitions which develop,
coordinate, and implement action plans to identify and mobilize
resources to address the unmet needs of frail and disabled persons and
their caregivers.

3. (a) The duties of the director pursuant to this section shall
include, but not be limited to:

(1) developing and make available or approve a curriculum for informal
caregiver training which considers and is easily adapted to an array of
personal needs and disabilities, and which is sensitive to ethnic and
community characteristics;

(2) providing technical assistance and training to appropriate
organizations and groups, including caregiver resource centers and
caregiver networks, which, in turn, shall provide training and
assistance to informal caregivers; and

(3) providing grants to appropriate organizations and groups,
including caregiver resource centers and caregiver networks, to develop
and make available approved curricula for informal caregiver training as
well as disseminate information regarding the curriculum.

(4) develop guidelines for local area agencies on aging in order to
provide the following:

(i) information and assistance regarding gaining access to available
services to assist informal caregivers;

(ii) resource referrals for informal caregivers regarding
decision-making on behalf of the individual receiving care; and

(iii) counseling referrals for informal caregivers.

(b) Training and technical assistance shall include, but not be
limited to:

(1) knowledge of major health problems and diseases, mental and
physical disabilities, and the aging process;

(2) practical skills required in providing personal care and support;

(3) stress awareness and methods of dealing with stress caused by
providing care;

(4) financial management; and

(5) identification and utilization of available resources, including
benefits, entitlements, and other programs and assistance.

4. The director shall:

(a) Promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to carry out the
provisions of this section.

(b) On or before the first day of January every other year, submit a
report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the
speaker of the assembly, which shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) a financial report of the program's operation;

(2) a profile of persons or groups receiving training and technical
assistance pursuant to this section; and

(3) an analysis of the program's success in assisting informal
caregivers and improving the quality of care provided by such persons.