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DEPARTMENTS, DIVISIONS, AND BOARDS
3085b. Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders is created.
Commission shall be composed of 18 members: the Commissioners of Disabilities,
Aging, and Independent Living and of Health or designees, and 16 members
appointed by the Governor. The members appointed by the Governor shall
represent the following groups and organizations: physicians, social workers,
nursing home managers, including the administrators of the Vermont Veterans'
Home, the clergy, adult day center providers, the business community,
registered nurses, residential care home operators, family care providers, the
home health agency, the legal profession, mental health service providers, the
area agencies on aging, University of Vermont's Center on Aging, the Support
and Services at Home (SASH) program, and the Alzheimer's Association. The
members appointed by the Governor shall represent, to the degree possible, the
five regions of the State.
(c) Eight of the
members appointed by the Governor shall serve terms of two years and eight of
the members shall serve terms of three years. Members shall serve until their
successors are appointed. Members first appointed to the Commission prior to
January 1, 2015, may apply to serve no more than one additional term of either
two or three years following the expiration of their current term. Members
first appointed to the Commission after January 1, 2015, shall serve a maximum
of two terms. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring other than by
expiration of a term shall be appointed only for the unexpired portion of the
term, and if the unexpired portion of the term is less than or equal to one
year, the member appointed to fill the vacancy occurring other than by
expiration of a term may thereafter apply to serve a maximum of two additional
(d) Members of
the Commission who are not employees of the State of Vermont and who are not
otherwise compensated or reimbursed for their attendance shall be entitled to
compensation and expenses as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010 for no more than four
meetings per year. Payment to the members shall be from the appropriation to
the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living.
the Commission shall elect its chair and other officers from among its
membership and meet upon the call of the chair or a majority of its membership.
Commission shall advise State agencies on matters of State policy relating to
Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders in Vermont for both
the public and private sectors. The Commission shall:
(1) Evaluate the
adequacy of existing services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other
dementia-related disorders and their families, and conduct studies to identify
gaps in these services. These studies may include access to mental
health-related services and support for services to families of individuals
with Alzheimer's disease.
strategies and recommend resources to expand existing services.
(3) Review or
participate in the development of laws, rules and other governmental
initiatives which may affect individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other
dementia-related disorders, and their families. This may include participation
in the development of rules, and procedures related to 1996 Acts and Resolves
No. 160, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing and residential care facilities, adult
day centers, special care units, and all community-based services to elders.
advice regarding revisions, coordination of services, accountability, and
(5) Support the
development of expanded community recognition, understanding, and capacity to
meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related
disorders. This may include development of new technologies to improve access
to information for caregivers and practitioners who provide services throughout
the State and identification of new models of service and activities related to
expansion of community access to information, education, and service.
Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living shall provide the
Commission with administrative support.
(h) Annually, on
or before January 15, the Commission shall submit a written report to the House
Committee on Human Services and to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
with its findings and any recommendations for legislative action. (Added 1999,
No. 57, § 1, eff. June 1, 1999; amended 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2011,
No. 7, § 1, eff. April 18, 2011; 2011, No. 139 (Adj. Sess.), § 51, eff. May 14,
2012; 2015, No. 28, § 1, eff. May 26, 2015.)