Chapter 19-P

Section 19-P:1

    19-P:1 State Commission on Aging Established; Membership. –
I. There is established a state commission on aging to advise the governor and the general court on policy and planning related to aging.
II. The members of the commission shall be as follows:
(a) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(b) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(c) The commissioner of the department of labor, or designee.
(d) The commissioner of the department of employment security, or designee.
(e) The commissioner of the department of safety, or designee.
(f) The commissioner of the department of transportation, or designee.
(g) The attorney general, or designee.
(h) The executive director of the New Hampshire housing finance authority, or designee.
(i) The long-term care ombudsman, or designee.
(j) Fifteen members of the public, including at least one member from each county, including representatives of the business community, health care, technology and innovation, municipal leaders, the aging network, advocacy organizations, caregivers, and direct service providers focused on the older adult population, appointed by the governor.
III. The commission may solicit information and participation from other state agency representatives or members of the public as determined necessary by the commission.
IV. The members appointed pursuant to subparagraph II(j) shall serve 2-year terms; provided that initially such members shall serve staggered terms and no such member shall serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Legislative members shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission. The first named member of the house of representatives shall convene the organizational meeting of the commission on or before 45 days of passage of this chapter for the purpose of electing officers serving on the commission. Thirteen members shall constitute a quorum. If any member is absent without previously being excused by the chairperson for 3 or more regular meetings, the member may be removed upon a majority vote of the commission.
V. The commission shall be authorized to select and hire select an executive director by a vote of a majority of the members. The executive director shall be in the classified service of the state and shall perform such duties as the commission may require. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for the amount necessary to pay for the executive director position and related office expenditures authorized in this paragraph out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. The commission shall hold no fewer than 9 regular meetings per year.

Source. 2019, 152:2, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 19-P:2

    19-P:2 Duties. –
The commission's duties shall include, but not be limited to:
I. Reviewing and recommending proposals for rules, legislation, waivers, operations, and other policies.
II. Reviewing and providing input relative to state planning efforts across agencies, including the state plan on aging, the mental health plan, and transportation and safety.
III. Formulating or helping to formulate, reviewing, and evaluating policy proposals, considering fiscal, program, provider, and recipient impact, and making recommendations accordingly.
IV. Encouraging the development of coordinated interdepartmental goals and objectives and the coordinating programs, services, and facilities among all state departments and nongovernmental organizations as they relate to older adults.
V. Identifying and recommending ways in which the state can support local and community efforts, through educational programs or otherwise, to promote healthy aging.
VI. Identifying and recommending ways in which the state can partner with nongovernmental organizations to promote healthy aging.
VII. Promoting the skills, talents, and energy older Granite Staters can offer to make New Hampshire a better place to live for everyone.
VIII. Assisting in the implementation of the state plan on aging.
IX. Making a continuing assessment of problems relating to older adults.
X. Advocating solutions to provide better integration of older persons into the social and economic life of the state.
XI. Soliciting the cooperation and help of the various groups concerned with the problems facing older adults.
XII. Obtaining from such groups their views, experience, assistance, and recommendations in the preparation and direction of future planning and administrative and legislative action as the commission may from time to time deem necessary and advisable.
XIII. Requesting from governmental agencies within the state, subject to available resources, in making available such information, suggestions, and statistics to enable the commission to perform its functions.
XIV. Other matters the commission deems necessary related to aging.

Source. 2019, 152:2, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 19-P:3

    19-P:3 Reports. – The commission shall submit an annual report to the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, president of the senate, chairpersons of the house and senate committees having jurisdiction over finance and health and human services, and chairperson of the fiscal committee of the general court by November 1 of each year, commencing on November 1, 2019, regarding the activities of the commission.

Source. 2019, 152:2, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 19-P:4

    19-P:4 Establishment and Support of Programs by a Municipality. – Any city, county, or town may establish programs for the aged, and such programs may be administered by appropriate existing offices or departments, or new offices or departments, of such governmental units. A city, county, or town may raise and appropriate funds for the administration of these programs. Any city, county, or town, with the advice of the state commission on aging, may raise the appropriate funds to assist or fund, in whole or in part, nonprofit corporations or agencies in administering programs for the aged.

Source. 2019, 152:2, eff. July 1, 2019.