DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
126-A:15-a Subcommittee on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Dementia.
I. In addition to the subcommittees established under RSA 126-A:15, II, the health and human services oversight committee shall create a permanent subcommittee on Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia.
II. Members of the subcommittee shall be as follows:
(a) One member of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(c) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(d) The attorney general, or designee.
(e) A representative of the Alzheimer's Association, appointed by the association.
(f) A representative of the New Hampshire Medical Society, appointed by the society.
(g) The following persons appointed by the governor:
(1) A person who has Alzheimer's disease.
(2) A caregiver of a person who has Alzheimer's disease.
(3) A representative of the nursing facility industry.
(4) A representative of the assisted living industry.
(5) A representative of the adult day care services industry.
(6) A researcher with Alzheimer's-related expertise in basic transitional, clinical, or drug development science.
(h) A representative of the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association, appointed by the association.
(i) A representative of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, appointed by the association.
(j) A representative of the board of nursing, appointed by the board.
III. The subcommittee shall:
(a) Review other states' plans for Alzheimer's disease.
(b) Survey individuals with Alzheimer's disease to more accurately estimate the number of persons in the state with the disease.
(c) Study existing services and resources, including but not limited to:
(1) The type, cost, and availability of dementia services.
(2) Dementia-specific training requirements for long-term care staff.
(3) Quality care measures across all care settings.
(4) Capacity of public safety and law enforcement to respond to persons with Alzheimer's disease.
(5) Availability of home and community-based resources for persons with Alzheimer's disease and respite care to assist families and caregivers.
(6) Inventory of long-term care dementia care units and beds.
(7) Adequacy and appropriateness of geriatric-psychiatric units for persons with behavior disorders associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
(8) Assisted living residential options for persons with dementia.
(9) State support of Alzheimer's disease research through New Hampshire universities and other resources.
(d) Determine state policies and responses that are necessary to provide clear and coordinated services and supports to persons, families, and caregivers living with Alzheimer's disease and develop strategies to address any identified gaps in service.
(e) Establish a New Hampshire state plan for Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia as approved by the health and human services oversight committee.
IV. Beginning November 1, 2014, and each November 1 thereafter, the health and human services oversight committee shall submit an annual report to the chairperson of the health, human services and elderly affairs committee, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library relative to:
(a) The status of implementation of the New Hampshire state plan for Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia.
(b) The subcommittee's findings and recommendations, including any recommendations for legislation.
Source. 2014, 67:1, eff. May 27, 2014.