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Assembly Passes 4 Alzheimer/Dementia Bills

Friday, February 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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The state Assembly voted this week for passage of four bills relating to Alzheimer's and dementia.

The bills are:
  • Assembly Bill 628Silver alert referral. This bill requires a law enforcement agency that has issued an alert for a missing adult at risk, commonly known as a "Silver Alert," to refer the person making the report and any guardian of the missing person to a local aging and disability resource center. If the subject of such an alert was driving a vehicle when he or she was reported missing, this bill also requires the law enforcement agency to notify the Department of Transportation. If DOT receives such a notification, DOT must review the driver's license of the person to determine if restrictions should be imposed on the person's license for the safety of the person or the public.
  • Assembly Bill 629Uniform adult guardianship jurisdiction.  This bill incorporates the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act into Wisconsin law with some modifications. Generally, the bill addresses court jurisdiction for guardianships of adults.
  • Assembly Bill 630Dementia specialist certification. The bill would prohibit people from using the term "dementia specialist' without obtaining a certification. Under adopted amendments, relevant training or experience could be allowed in lieu of participation in an instructional program to allow for certification. (see article here on this particular bill)
  • Assembly Bill 632Alzheimer's awareness grants. This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award up to $500,000 in grants to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in rural and underserved urban areas.

 

The bills must still pass the state Senate. 


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