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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Alzheimer's, dementia bills win Assembly approval

A package of 10 bills from the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia are headed to the Senate after clearing the Assembly either unanimously or via voice votes.

The bills target a variety of areas related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. AB 791, for example, would require a community-based residential facility obtain a signed acknowledgment form for administration of psychotropic medications.

Other bills in the package would:

*create virtual dementia tour licenses;

*direct $50,000 for two new Alzheimer’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison;

*create a dementia specialist certification program;

*create a county-level pilot program for dementia crisis units.

Several of the bills also were amended, some in technical ways and others in ways that were more far-reaching.

For instance, AB 787 would provide $1 million for respite care under the Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program. An amendment would allow Native American tribes access to the program. A second amendment would increase the level of household income from $40,000 to $48,000 to be eligible for the program.

The bills are expected to cost $2 million this biennium.


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