- Ensure that a study is conducted to demonstrate the economic impact of respite care and its benefits for those served;
- Create an up-to-date, online inventory of existing training opportunities for providing respite care along with information on how to become a respite care provider;
- Develop a more robust statewide training system for individuals wishing to provide respite care;
- Ensure that a designated website is available to provide comprehensive information about respite care;
- Develop a centralized community outreach and education program about respite care services;
- Work with the department of health care policy and financing to standardize the full continuum of respite care options across all medicaid waivers; and
- Work with the department, the department of health care policy and financing, and the department of public health and environment to streamline the regulatory requirements for facility-based, short-term, overnight respite care.
The act appropriates $900,000 to implement the recommendations of the respite care task force. The department is required to report its progress to the legislature during the SMART act hearings.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)