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       Florida Senate - 2010                                     SB 580
       
       
       
       By Senator Wise
       
       
       
       
       5-00521-10                                             2010580__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to Alzheimer’s disease; creating s.
    3         430.5025, F.S.; directing the Department of Elderly
    4         Affairs to develop and implement a public education
    5         program relating to screening for Alzheimer’s disease;
    6         providing criteria for awarding grants; providing a
    7         definition; requiring grant recipients to submit an
    8         evaluation of certain activities to the department;
    9         authorizing the department to provide technical
   10         support; requiring an annual report to the
   11         Legislature; requiring the department to conduct or
   12         support a study on memory-impairment screening;
   13         requiring a report to the Legislature; providing for
   14         implementation of the public education program to
   15         operate within existing resources of the department;
   16         providing that implementation of the memory-impairment
   17         screening grant program is contingent upon an
   18         appropriation of state funds or the availability of
   19         private resources; providing for implementation of the
   20         screening study on memory impairment to operate within
   21         existing resources of the department; amending s.
   22         400.1755, F.S.; specifying the types of facilities
   23         where an employee or direct caregiver of an assisted
   24         living facility may begin employment without repeating
   25         certain training requirements; amending s. 400.6045,
   26         F.S.; requiring direct caregivers to comply with
   27         certain continuing education requirements; amending s.
   28         429.178, F.S.; specifying the types of facilities
   29         where an employee or direct caregiver of an assisted
   30         living facility may begin employment without repeating
   31         certain training requirements; providing an effective
   32         date.
   33  
   34         WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is a slow, progressive
   35  disorder of the brain which results in loss of memory and other
   36  cognitive functions, is the eighth leading cause of death in the
   37  United States, and currently affects an estimated 5 million
   38  Americans, with that number expected to increase to 16 million
   39  by mid-century, and
   40         WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease strikes approximately 1 in 10
   41  people over the age of 65 and nearly half of those who are age
   42  85 or older, although some people develop symptoms as young as
   43  age 40, and
   44         WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease takes an enormous toll on
   45  family members who are the caregivers for individuals having the
   46  disease, and
   47         WHEREAS, caregivers for individuals who have Alzheimer’s
   48  disease suffer more stress, depression, and health problems than
   49  caregivers for individuals who have other illnesses, and
   50         WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease costs United States businesses
   51  more than $60 billion annually due to lost productivity and
   52  absenteeism by primary caregivers and increased insurance costs,
   53  and
   54         WHEREAS, recent advancements in scientific research have
   55  demonstrated the benefits of early medical treatment for persons
   56  who have Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of early access to
   57  counseling and other support services for their caregivers, and
   58         WHEREAS, research shows that several medications have been
   59  developed which can reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,
   60  that persons begin to benefit most when these medications are
   61  taken in the early stages of a memory disorder, and that this
   62  intervention may extend the period during which patients can be
   63  cared for at home, thereby significantly reducing the costs of
   64  institutional care, and
   65         WHEREAS, with early diagnosis, patients can participate in
   66  decisions regarding their care and their families can take
   67  advantage of support services that can reduce caregiver
   68  depression and related health problems, and
   69         WHEREAS, in direct response to research breakthroughs,
   70  National Memory Screening Day was established as a collaborative
   71  effort by organizations and health care professionals across the
   72  country to promote awareness and early detection of memory
   73  impairments, and
   74         WHEREAS, on National Memory Screening Day, which is held on
   75  the third Tuesday of November in recognition of National
   76  Alzheimer’s Disease Month, health care professionals administer
   77  free memory screenings at hundreds of sites throughout the
   78  United States, and
   79         WHEREAS, memory screening is used as an indicator of
   80  whether a person might benefit from more extensive testing to
   81  determine whether a memory or cognitive impairment exists and
   82  identifies persons who may benefit from medical attention, but
   83  is not used to diagnose any illness and in no way replaces
   84  examination by a qualified physician, NOW, THEREFORE,
   85  
   86  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   87  
   88         Section 1. Section 430.5025, Florida Statutes, is created
   89  to read:
   90         430.5025Memory-impairment screening; grants.—
   91         (1)The Department of Elderly Affairs shall develop and
   92  implement a public education program relating to screening for
   93  memory impairment and the importance of early diagnosis and
   94  treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
   95         (2)The department may award grants to qualifying entities
   96  to support the development, expansion, or operation of programs
   97  that provide:
   98         (a)Information and education on the importance of memory
   99  screening for early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s
  100  disease and related disorders.
  101         (b)Screenings for memory impairment.
  102         (3)As used in this section, the term “qualifying entities”
  103  means public and nonprofit private entities that provide
  104  services and care to individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or
  105  related disorders and their caregivers and families.
  106         (4)When awarding grants under this section, the department
  107  shall give preference to applicants that:
  108         (a)Have demonstrated experience in promoting public
  109  education and awareness of the importance of memory screening or
  110  providing memory-screening services.
  111         (b)Have established arrangements with health care
  112  providers and other organizations to provide screenings for
  113  memory impairment in a manner that is convenient to individuals
  114  in the communities served by the applicants.
  115         (c)Provide matching funds.
  116         (5)A qualifying entity that receives a grant under this
  117  section shall submit to the department an evaluation that
  118  describes activities carried out with funds received under this
  119  section, the long-term effectiveness of such activities in
  120  promoting early detection of memory impairment, and any other
  121  information that the department requires.
  122         (6)The department may set aside an amount not to exceed 15
  123  percent of the total amount appropriated to the memory
  124  impairment screening grant program for the fiscal year to
  125  provide grantees with technical support in the development,
  126  implementation, and evaluation of memory-impairment screening
  127  programs.
  128         (7)A grant may be awarded under subsection (2) only if an
  129  application for the grant is submitted to the department and the
  130  application is in the form, is made in the manner, and contains
  131  the agreements, assurances, and information that the department
  132  determines are necessary to carry out the purposes of this
  133  section.
  134         (8)The department shall annually submit to the President
  135  of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a
  136  report on the activities carried out under this section,
  137  including provisions describing the extent to which the
  138  activities have affected the rate of screening for memory
  139  impairment and have improved outcomes for patients and
  140  caregivers.
  141         Section 2. Study on screening for memory impairment.—
  142         (1)The Department of Elderly Affairs shall conduct or
  143  provide support for a study on screening for memory impairment.
  144  The study shall analyze scientific evidence regarding techniques
  145  for memory screening, assess the availability of memory
  146  screening on a nationwide basis, and identify strategies to
  147  expand memory-screening services through public-private
  148  partnerships to improve outcomes for patients and caregivers.
  149         (2)The department shall, by July 1, 2011, prepare and
  150  submit to the relevant substantive committees of the Senate and
  151  the House of Representatives a report that describes the results
  152  of the study conducted under this section. The report shall
  153  include specific recommendations to increase awareness of the
  154  importance of early detection of memory impairment and to
  155  improve access to memory-screening services nationwide by
  156  supporting and expanding existing memory-screening efforts in
  157  the private sector.
  158         Section 3. Implementation.—
  159         (1)Implementation of the public education program created
  160  under s. 430.5025, Florida Statutes, shall operate within
  161  existing resources of the Department of Elderly Affairs.
  162         (2)Implementation of the memory-impairment screening grant
  163  program created under s. 430.5025, Florida Statutes, is
  164  contingent upon appropriation of state funds or the availability
  165  of private resources.
  166         (3)Implementation of the study on screening for memory
  167  impairment created under section 2 of this act shall operate
  168  within existing resources of the Department of Elderly Affairs.
  169         Section 4. Subsection (6) of section 400.1755, Florida
  170  Statutes, is amended to read:
  171         400.1755 Care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or
  172  related disorders.—
  173         (6) Upon completing any training listed in this section,
  174  the employee or direct caregiver shall be issued a certificate
  175  that includes the name of the training provider, the topic
  176  covered, and the date and signature of the training provider.
  177  The certificate is evidence of completion of training in the
  178  identified topic, and the employee or direct caregiver is not
  179  required to repeat training in that topic if the employee or
  180  direct caregiver changes employment to a different facility or
  181  to an assisted living facility, home health agency, adult day
  182  care center, or hospice adult family-care home. The direct
  183  caregiver must comply with other applicable continuing education
  184  requirements.
  185         Section 5. Paragraph (h) of subsection (1) of section
  186  400.6045, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  187         400.6045 Patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related
  188  disorders; staff training requirements; certain disclosures.—
  189         (1) A hospice licensed under this part must provide the
  190  following staff training:
  191         (h) Upon completing any training described in this section,
  192  the employee or direct caregiver shall be issued a certificate
  193  that includes the name of the training provider, the topic
  194  covered, and the date and signature of the training provider.
  195  The certificate is evidence of completion of training in the
  196  identified topic, and the employee or direct caregiver is not
  197  required to repeat training in that topic if the employee or
  198  direct caregiver changes employment to a different hospice or to
  199  a home health agency, assisted living facility, nursing home, or
  200  adult day care center. The direct caregiver must comply with
  201  other applicable continuing education requirements.
  202         Section 6. Subsection (4) of section 429.178, Florida
  203  Statutes, is amended to read:
  204         429.178 Special care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease
  205  or other related disorders.—
  206         (4) Upon completing any training listed in subsection (2),
  207  the employee or direct caregiver shall be issued a certificate
  208  that includes the name of the training provider, the topic
  209  covered, and the date and signature of the training provider.
  210  The certificate is evidence of completion of training in the
  211  identified topic, and the employee or direct caregiver is not
  212  required to repeat training in that topic if the employee or
  213  direct caregiver changes employment to a different assisted
  214  living facility or nursing home, hospice, adult day care center,
  215  or home health agency facility. The employee or direct caregiver
  216  must comply with other applicable continuing education
  217  requirements.
  218         Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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