Legislation to establish an “Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee within the Department of Aging” has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly as House Bill 2270 of Session 2012. The Senate Aging and Youth Committee met on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and reported out that bill as committed.
The legislation notes that currently, Alzheimer’s Disease affects one in 12 Pennsylvania families and that 31 states have either published or are in the process of writing an Alzheimer’s disease plan.
The legislation says that “The Commonwealth needs to establish a planning committee within the Department of Aging to develop a State Alzheimer’s Plan that will serve as a comprehensive blueprint for how the Commonwealth will address the growing Alzheimer’s crisis.
The planning process will charge State agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to work together to create a plan that addresses the Alzheimer’s epidemic with a thoughtful, integrated and cost-effective manner.
Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee will study trends, existing services and policies in relation to with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. The purpose of the Committee will be to look for opportunities for better coordination and identify gaps in services. A final report from the Committee will be expected in 2013.