The state of Nebraska has just adopted the “Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia Support Act” after the state legislature found that
“Alzheimer’s and other dementia are of significant concern to the State of Nebraska, and that the Legislature and the state would benefit from a more coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.”
The Act creates an Advisory Council to work with the Department of Health and Human Services. The Advisory Council is to consist of twelve voting members appointed by the governor, including an individual living with dementia or their family member, a family caregiver, and representatives of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day, home care agencies, and others.
The purpose of the council is to examine:
(a) the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia,
(b) the services available in the state for those individuals and their family caregivers, and
(c) the ability of health care providers and facilities to meet the current and future needs of such individuals.
Ultimately, the Advisory Council is supposed to make findings and recommendations about trends regarding the diseases and whether state services are meeting the needs of the population suffering from dementia. The Council has eighteen months to develop a plan to submit to the legislature and the governor.
RALNA members in Nebraska may want to get involved with the Advisory Council to provide input on the benefits of small homes for people experiencing Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to help shape policy so that more people can experience these benefits.
To track bills and regulations that remain pending, go to RALNA’s real-time tracking boards: