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A05666 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 14, 2019
          COLTON, OTIS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABBATE, CROUCH, PALMES-
          ANO, QUART -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health 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:
     1    Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
     2  2701-a to read as follows:
     3    §  2701-a. Alzheimer's disease outreach and education program. 1.  The
     4  department, in consultation with the office for  the  aging,  is  hereby
     5  authorized and directed to establish an Alzheimer's disease outreach and
     6  education  program  for medical and non-medical professionals, including
     7  physicians,  nurses,  law  enforcement  personnel  and  social  services
     8  personnel  who  work  with older New Yorkers and their families, and for
     9  consumers, caregivers and other individuals  and  organizations  working
    10  with or on behalf of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related demen-
    11  tia. The purpose of such program shall be to:
    12    (a)  promote earlier identification of dementia in health care facili-
    13  ties including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics  and
    14  assisted living facilities;
    15    (b)  provide  information  and  assistance  on where to find community
    16  support services,  including  caregiver  support  groups  and  services,
    17  respite,  care  management  and  to serve as a clearinghouse for related
    18  information; and
    19    (c) promote public awareness of and access to resources  and  informa-
    20  tion  concerning  Alzheimer's  disease  and  any  other dementia related
    21  matters that the commissioner and director of the office for  the  aging
    22  deem appropriate.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    2.  The  program  shall include but shall not be limited to any of the
     2  following elements:
     3    (a)  educational  and informational materials in print, audio, visual,
     4  electronic or other media;
     5    (b) training curriculum including best practices for  institutions  of
     6  higher learning and for ongoing in-service training;
     7    (c) public service announcements and advertisements; and
     8    (d)  establishment  of  toll-free  telephone  hotlines  and electronic
     9  services to provide information.
    10    3. In order to  develop  materials  mentioned  in  this  section,  the
    11  department  shall produce, make available to others for reproduction, or
    12  contract with not-for-profit corporations whose primary  purpose  is  to
    13  provide family intervention services related to Alzheimer's disease on a
    14  statewide  basis in order to postpone or prevent nursing home placements
    15  of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.  These  mate-
    16  rials  shall be made available to the public free of charge as appropri-
    17  ate or for a fee  under  certain  circumstances.  The  commissioner  may
    18  require  any  health  care provider to make these materials available to
    19  patients where appropriate and encourage  non-medical  professionals  to
    20  make them available to the clients they serve.
    21    4.  In  exercising  any  of  his or her powers under this section, the
    22  commissioner shall consult with appropriate  health  care  professionals
    23  and  providers,  senior  service  providers,  organizations representing
    24  persons with dementia or cognitive impairments, consumers  and  patients
    25  or organizations representing them.
    26    5.  The  commissioner  shall ensure that all information and materials
    27  produced under this section are maintained and updated to  reflect  best
    28  practice recommendations and are culturally and linguistically appropri-
    29  ate  for  the communities served by the Alzheimer's disease outreach and
    30  education program.  The  department  shall  post  electronic  copies  of
    31  outreach  material, including best practices, on its website. The office
    32  for the aging shall post the same information on its website.
    33    6. The commissioner may appoint advisory councils relating to  various
    34  matters  under  this  section. All such councils shall include represen-
    35  tation of health care professionals, providers, senior  service  provid-
    36  ers,  organizations  representing  persons  with  dementia  or cognitive
    37  impairments, consumers, patients and other  appropriate  interests.  The
    38  members  of  the  councils  shall  receive  no  compensation  for  their
    39  services, but shall be  allowed  their  actual  and  necessary  expenses
    40  incurred in performance of their duties.
    41    7. In addition to state funds appropriated to administer this section,
    42  the  commissioner  may accept grants from public or private sources. The
    43  commissioner, in administering this section, shall  seek  to  coordinate
    44  the  department's  programs and activities under this section with other
    45  public and private programs, and  may  undertake  joint  or  cooperative
    46  programs with other public or private entities.
    47    8.  The  commissioner  may  make  rules  and regulations necessary and
    48  appropriate for the implementation of this section.
    49    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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