From Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist
Members of the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia plan to introduce a series of 10 bills, dubbed “Wisconsin Cares,” in coming days, aimed at addressing the growing issue of Alzheimer’s and other dementias among Wisconsin’s population.
- An additional $50,000 for Alzheimer’s/dementia research.
- An additional $1 million for respite care for FY16 and FY17. Rep. Kathy Bernier noted that this state budget line item had not seen an increase in more than 30 years.
- Funding to hire four more dementia care specialists, to be located in counties yet to be determined but with a population of less than 150,000. Also, there would be one specialist focused on dementia care in the workplace.
- Funding to cross-train county mobile crisis units on Alzheimer’s/dementia.
- Funding to purchase licenses through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for a tool that simulates what it is like to have Alzheimer’s/dementia, thus promoting greater understanding of what people are going through.
- Ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to implement rules that would require Wisconsin attorneys and judges who deal in ElderCare laws allocate part of their continuing education requirements for ElderCare laws.
- Allow the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to conduct reviews of a person’s driver’s license if they were driving while a Silver Alert was issued for them.
- Require community-based residential facilities (CBRFs) to inform family members when a patient is administered a psychotropic medication.
- Direct DHS to develop a pilot program in which two counties work together to create a mobile crisis unit.
- Direct DHS to develop a certification for dementia care specialists.