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Committee to Wrap Up Guardianship, Alzheimer's Work

Monday, August 15, 2016/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Children Families Health & Human Services Interim

HELENA -- A legislative committee will wrap up a study of guardianship matters and Alzheimer's disease later this month when it takes action on several proposals for the 2017 Legislature.

The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee will review changes to three bill drafts and hear more information on another at its last meeting of the interim on Aug. 25-26.

The committee also will decide its final steps on studies that looked at recent mental health investments and at outcomes for children's mental health services.

In May and June, committee members worked on several bill drafts to improve services for adults who are unable to make decisions about their own health care or financial matters. This month, members will act on proposals to:

-- beef up financial protections for vulnerable adults;

-- increase the number of, as well as the payment for, Medicaid-funded waiver slots that allow older adults to remain in their homes or communities instead of being placed in more restrictive settings;

-- create a grant program for public guardianship services and establish a nine-member group of stakeholders to work on standards and other matters related to guardianship and conservatorship; and

-- provide $1.5 million to area agencies on aging for services to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

The committee already has approved a bill draft to establish a grant program for training respite care volunteers.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25 and continue at 8:30 on Aug. 26, in Room 137 of the Capitol in Helena. For an agenda and related materials, visit the committee's website at www.leg.mt.gov/cfhhs or contact Sue O'Connell, committee staff, at 406-444-3597 or soconnell@mt.gov.

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