Senate Bill #270 (2017)

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.

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • 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:
  • CHAPTER 66.12
  • SECTION 1. Section 40-8.9-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 40-8.9 entitled "Medical Assistance - Long-Term Care Service and Finance Reform" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 40-8.9-4. Unified long-term care budget.
  • Beginning on July 1, 2007, a unified long-term-care budget shall combine in a single, line-item appropriation within the executive office of health and human services (executive office), annual executive office Medicaid appropriations for nursing facility and community- based, long-term care services for elderly sixty-five (65) years and older and younger persons at risk of nursing home admissions (including adult day care, home health, PACE, and personalcare in assisted living settings). Beginning on July 1, 2007, the total system savings attributable to the value of the reduction in nursing home days including hospice nursing home days paid for by Medicaid shall be allocated in the budget enacted by the general assembly for the ensuing fiscal year for the express purpose of promoting and strengthening community-based alternatives; provided, further, beginning July 1, 2009, said savings shall be allocated within the budgets of the executive office and, as appropriate, the department of human services, division of elderly affairs. The allocation shall include, but not be limited to, funds to support an on-going, statewide community education and outreach program to provide the public with information on home and community services and the establishment of presumptive eligibility criteria for the purposes of accessing home and community care. A sum not to exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000) of this allocation shall be appropriated annually pursuant to chapter 66.12 of title 42 for the purpose of establishing the Rhode Island aging and disability resource center (ARDC) 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. The home- and community-care service presumptive eligibility criteria shall be developed through rule or regulation on or before September 30, 2007. The allocation may also be used to fund home and community services provided by the division of elderly affairs for persons eligible for Medicaid long-term care, and the co-pay program administered pursuant to chapter 66.3 of title 42. Any monies in the allocation that remain unexpended in a fiscal year shall be carried forward to the next fiscalyear for the express purpose of strengthening community-based alternatives.
  • The caseload estimating conference pursuant to § 35-17-1 shall determine the amount of general revenues to be added to the current service estimate of community-based, long-term care services for elderly sixty-five (65) and older and younger persons at risk of nursing home admissions for the ensuing budget year by multiplying the combined, cost per day of nursing home and hospice nursing home days estimated at the caseload conference for that year by the reduction in nursing home and hospice nursing home days from those in the second fiscal year prior to the current fiscalyear to those in the first fiscalyear prior to the current fiscalyear.
  • SECTION 2. Title 42 of the General Laws entitled "STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 66.12
  • 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".
  • 42-66.12-2. Purpose.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • LC001435/SUB A - Page 2of 5 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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  • EXPLANATION
  • (6) Community education and outreach activities to inform persons about the ADRC
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – THE RHODE ISLAND AGING
  • AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – THE RHODE ISLAND AGING
  • AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
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  • 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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  • 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 also make an annual appropriation in a sum not to exceed $1,000,000 for the purpose of establishing the ADRC.
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Votes

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Floor vote for Passage

June 07, 2017 at 4:37pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y