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Subchapter 004 : DEPARTMENTS, DIVISIONS, AND BOARDS(Cite as: 3 V.S.A. § 3085b)
§ 3085b. Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
(a) The Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders is created.
(b) The Commission shall be composed of 18 members: the Commissioners of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living and of Health or designees, and 16 members appointed by the Governor. The members appointed by the Governor shall represent the following groups and organizations: physicians, social workers, nursing home managers, including the administrators of the Vermont Veterans' Home, the clergy, adult day center providers, the business community, registered nurses, residential care home operators, family care providers, the home health agency, the legal profession, mental health service providers, the area agencies on aging, University of Vermont's Center on Aging, the Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, and the Alzheimer's Association. The members appointed by the Governor shall represent, to the degree possible, the five regions of the State.
(c) Eight of the members appointed by the Governor shall serve terms of two years and eight of the members shall serve terms of three years. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed. Members first appointed to the Commission prior to January 1, 2015, may apply to serve no more than one additional term of either two or three years following the expiration of their current term. Members first appointed to the Commission after January 1, 2015, shall serve a maximum of two terms. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be appointed only for the unexpired portion of the term, and if the unexpired portion of the term is less than or equal to one year, the member appointed to fill the vacancy occurring other than by expiration of a term may thereafter apply to serve a maximum of two additional terms.
(d) Members of the Commission who are not employees of the State of Vermont and who are not otherwise compensated or reimbursed for their attendance shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010 for no more than four meetings per year. Payment to the members shall be from the appropriation to the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living.
(e) Annually, the Commission shall elect its chair and other officers from among its membership and meet upon the call of the chair or a majority of its membership.
(f) The Commission shall advise State agencies on matters of State policy relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders in Vermont for both the public and private sectors. The Commission shall:
(1) Evaluate the adequacy of existing services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders and their families, and conduct studies to identify gaps in these services. These studies may include access to mental health-related services and support for services to families of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
(2) Identify strategies and recommend resources to expand existing services.
(3) Review or participate in the development of laws, rules, and other governmental initiatives which may affect individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders, and their families. This may include participation in the development of rules, and procedures related to 1996 Acts and Resolves No. 160, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing and residential care facilities, adult day centers, special care units, and all community-based services to elders.
(4) Provide advice regarding revisions, coordination of services, accountability, and appropriations.
(5) Support the development of expanded community recognition, understanding, and capacity to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related disorders. This may include development of new technologies to improve access to information for caregivers and practitioners who provide services throughout the State and identification of new models of service and activities related to expansion of community access to information, education, and service.
(g) The Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living shall provide the Commission with administrative support.
(h) Annually, on or before January 15, the Commission shall submit a written report to the House Committee on Human Services and to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare with its findings and any recommendations for legislative action. (Added 1999, No. 57, § 1, eff. June 1, 1999; amended 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2011, No. 7, § 1, eff. April 18, 2011; 2011, No. 139 (Adj. Sess.), § 51, eff. May 14, 2012; 2015, No. 28, § 1, eff. May 26, 2015.)