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AB-2047 Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment: train-the-trainer toolkit.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/03/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2047


Introduced by Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry and Limón

February 03, 2020


An act to add Section 125281.5 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to Alzheimer’s disease.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2047, as introduced, Aguiar-Curry. Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment: train-the-trainer toolkit.
Existing law authorizes any postsecondary higher educational institution with a medical center to establish diagnostic and treatment centers for Alzheimer’s disease, and requires the State Department of Public Health to administer grants to the postsecondary higher educational institutions that establish a center pursuant to these provisions. Existing law requires the functions of the centers to be designed to serve various purposes, including providing diagnostic and treatment services and improving the quality of care to victims of Alzheimer’s disease and increasing the training of health care professionals with respect to Alzheimer’s disease and other acquired brain impairments to the extent that the centers have the requisite expertise.
This bill would require the department and the diagnostic and treatment centers for Alzheimer’s disease to develop and disseminate a train-the-trainer toolkit for the purpose of assessing patients’ cognitive complaints and facilitating diagnosis. The train-the-trainer toolkit would expand upon a specified diagnostic assessment instruction manual previously prepared by the department and the centers. The bill would require the department and centers to give primary consideration to the needs of underserved and rural communities when developing the toolkit. The bill would require the department to conduct a quantitative assessment with physicians utilizing the toolkit, to measure its effectiveness, as specified. The bill would be implemented contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature to the department sufficient to fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of the train-the-trainer toolkit over a 3-year period, as prescribed.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 125281.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

125281.5.
 (a) (1) The department and the diagnostic and treatment centers for Alzheimer’s disease shall develop and disseminate a train-the-trainer toolkit for the purpose of assessing patients’ cognitive complaints and facilitating diagnosis. The toolkit shall expand upon the work already completed by the department and the diagnostic and treatment centers in creating the 2018 “Assessment of Cognitive Complaints Toolkit for Alzheimer’s Disease” instruction manual, by increasing the availability of critical diagnostic and treatment information to physicians who do not have access to the expert training facilities available at urban academic medical centers.
(2) In developing the train-the-trainer toolkit, the department and the diagnostic and treatment centers shall give primary consideration to the needs of underserved and rural communities.
(b) The department shall make the train-the-trainer toolkit available for dissemination to training entities in communities throughout the state, both in print and on the department’s internet website.
(c) Following the first year of implementation of the train-the-trainer toolkit, the department shall conduct a quantitative assessment with physicians utilizing the toolkit, to measure its effectiveness in ultimately diagnosing patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
(d) This section shall be implemented contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature to the department sufficient to fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of the train-the-trainer toolkit over a three-year period, as follows:
(1) For the first year, from one million dollars ($1,000,000) to two million dollars ($2,000,000), to be allocated by the department to the diagnostic and treatment centers for development of the train-the-trainer toolkit dissemination plan.
(2) For the second year, from three million dollars ($3,000,000) to six million dollars ($6,000,000) to implement the train-the-trainer toolkit dissemination plan to community training entities.
(3) For the third year, from one million dollars ($1,000,000) to two million dollars ($2,000,000) to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of the train-the-trainer toolkit.