From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist:
Another bill prepared by the Joint Legislative Council’s Special Study Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias was introduced in the state Assembly last week.
Assembly Bill 575 creates a new subchapter in state statutes titled “Care and Treatment of Individuals with Dementia” and does, among other things:
- Defines a “dementia crisis unit”.
- Requires each county department to identify at least one location as a dementia crisis unit for emergency/protective placements.
- Creates a procedure under which an “involuntary administration of psychotropic medication” (IAPM) may be provided as an emergency protective service to an individual with dementia.
- The bill allows a sheriff, police officer, fire fighter, guardian, or authorized representative of a county department or an agency with which it contracts to take an individual into custody and transport them to a medical facility or a dementia crisis unit if it appears probable that the individual is so totally incapable of providing for his or her own care as to create a substantial risk of serious physical harm to himself or herself or others as a result of dementia, mental illness or a psychiatric condition – if certain conditions are met.