HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 127
(By Delegates Williams, Moye, Perdue, Perry Pino, Pethtel, Manypenny, Ferro, Stephens, Campbell, Border, Smith, Rowan, Young, Faircloth, Raines, O’Neal, Sumner and Arvon)
[Originating in the Committee on Senior Citizens Issues; Reported April 4, 2013.]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study adult day care services in West Virginia.
Whereas, Adult day services provide low-cost quality services to medically frail adults and seniors with disabilities at home and in their communities; and
Whereas, Adult day services provide a significant respite for caregivers, enabling them to work outside of the home or to take a much-needed break from the rigors of 24-hour caregiving; and
Whereas, Three main models of adult day services exist: medical model adult day care, adult day health services, and social model adult day care; and
Whereas, Compared to the nation, access to all three models of adult day services is extremely limited in West Virginia; and
Whereas, West Virginia only regulates medical model adult day care, but presently no medical model day cares operate in West Virginia; and
Whereas, West Virginia is the only state that does not provide for Medicaid reimbursement of any type of adult day services; and
Whereas, a 2007 West Virginia Adult Day Roundtable Report recommended that West Virginia regulate adult day health services as its preferred model of adult day services; and
Whereas, the 2012 Make a Plan for Alzheimer’s report recommended that West Virginia regulate adult day health services and provide for Medicaid reimbursement of those; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the barriers to widespread utilization of adult day care services across West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.