AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
Establishes aging/disability resource center within division of elderly affairs as part of long-term care system for elderly/disabled persons/family caregivers/providers and makes annual appropriation in the sum of $1,000,000 to establish the center.
2017-02-15: Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
2017-02-23: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2017)
2017-02-28: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2017-05-19: Scheduled for consideration (05/25/2017)
2017-05-25: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
2017-06-01: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/07/2017)
2017-06-07: Senate passed Sub A
2017-06-08: Referred to House Finance
Changes since original draft
2017 – S 0270
S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
A N A C T
RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – THE RHODE ISLAND AGING
AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
Introduced By: Senator Maryellen Goodwin
Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
Referred To: Senate Health & Human Services
It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Title 42 of the General Laws entitled "STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
THE RHODE ISLAND AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
42-66.12-1. Short title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "The Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Center Act".
To assist Rhode Islanders and their families in making informed choices and decisions about long-term service and support options and to streamline access to long-term supports and services for older adults, persons with disabilities, family caregivers and providers, a statewide aging and disability resource center shall be maintained. The Rhode Island aging and disability resource center (ADRC) is a collaborative federal and state multi-agency effort led by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). It consists of a centrally operated, coordinated system of information, referral and options counseling for all persons seeking long-term supports and services in order to enhance individual choice, foster informed decision-making and minimize confusion and duplication.
42-66.12-3. Aging and disability resource center established.
The Rhode Island aging and disability resource center (ADRC) shall be established and operated by the department of human services, division of elderly affairs (DEA) in collaboration with other agencies within the executive office of health and human services. The division of elderly affairs shall build on its experience in development and implementation of the current ADRC program. The ADRC is an integralpart of the Rhode Island system of long-term supports and services working to promote the state's long-term system rebalancing goals by diverting persons, when appropriate, from institutional care to home and community-based services and preventing short-term institutional stays from becoming permanent through options counseling and screening for eligibility for home and community-based services.
42-66.12-4. Aging and disability resource center service directives.
(a) The aging and disability resource center (ADRC) shallprovide for the following:
(l) A statewide toll-free ADRC information number available during business hours with a messaging system to respond to after-hours calls during the next business day and language services to assist individuals with limited English language skills;
(2) A comprehensive database of information, updated on a regular basis and accessible through a dedicated website, on the full range of available public and private long-term support and service programs, service providers and resources within the state and in specific communities, including information on housing supports, transportation and the availability of integrated long-term care;
(3) Personal options counseling, including implementing provisions required in §40-8.9- 9, to assist individuals in assessing their existing or anticipated long-term care needs, and assisting them to develop and implement a plan designed to meet their specific needs and circumstances;
(4) A means to link callers to the ADRC information line to interactive long-term care screening tools and to make these tools available through the ADRC website by integrating the tools into the website;
(5) Development of partnerships, through memorandum agreements or other arrangements, with other entities serving older adults and persons with disabilities, including those working on nursing home transition and hospital discharge programs, to assist in maintaining and providing ADRC services; and
(6) Community education and outreach activities to inform persons about the ADRC services, in finding information through the Internet and in planning for future long-term care needs including housing and community service options.
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SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001435 ========
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BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – THE RHODE ISLAND AGING
AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
This act would establish within the department of human services, division of elderly affairs (DEA),the Rhode Island aging and disability resource center (ADRC) as partof the Rhode Island system of long-term care for older adults, persons with disabilities, family caregivers and providers.
This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001435 ========
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