OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 7157

AN ACT CONCERNING STAFF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE UNITS AND PROGRAMS.

SUMMARY:

The bill requires Alzheimer's special care units or programs annually to provide at least one hour of Alzheimer's and dementia-specific training to all unlicensed and unregistered staff providing care and services to residents in these programs or units. For staff hired on or after October 1, 2007, the training must be completed within six months of the date of employment.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Training for Licensed and Registered Direct Care Staff

Existing law requires each Alzheimer's special care unit or program annually to provide Alzheimer's and dementia-specific training to all licensed and registered direct care staff who provide direct patient care to residents in these units or programs. At a minimum, this must include (1) at least eight hours of dementia-specific training, completed within six months after beginning employment, followed by at least three hours of such training annually and (2) at least two hours per year of training in pain recognition and administration of pain management techniques for direct care staff.

Alzheimer's Special Care Unit or Program

An “Alzheimer's special care unit or program” is any nursing home, residential care home, assisted living facility, adult congregate living facility, adult day care center, hospice, or adult foster home that locks, secures, segregates, or provides a special program or unit for residents with a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or similar disorder. The unit or program must be one that prevents or limits a resident's access outside the designated or separated area and advertises or markets itself as providing specialized care or services for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

0

(03/09/2007)