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Engrossed Version Senate Bill 236 History

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ENGROSSED

Senate Bill No. 236

(By Senators Prezioso, Hunter, Sharpe, Unger, Boley and Foster)

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[Introduced February 21, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5R-6, relating to training requirements for providers in health facilities on the subject of Alzheimer's disease.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5R-6, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 5R. THE ALZHEIMER'S SPECIAL CARE STANDARDS ACT.

§16-5R-6. Quality Alzheimer's and dementia care training required.

(a) Any facility providing services to residents in a care facility under the supervision of the licensed operator, including adult day care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living residences and residential care communities, shall provide training
to all staff, employees and contractors on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
(b) The training shall include a basic understanding of

dementias; communication approaches and techniques for use when interacting with persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, prevention and management of behaviors common in persons with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, and activities and programming appropriate for these residents.

(c) The training curriculum shall include, at a minimum:

(1) Informational packets presented to and reviewed with staff, employees and contractors upon their starting to work at a facility; and

(2) Two hours per year of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia training as part of staff continuing education requirements.

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