Department of Social Services to contract with a private organization
to conduct assessment of long-term care services.
The Department of Social Services shall conduct a study of the continuum of care
needs for senior citizens. The study shall examine long-term care financing, including long-term
care insurance; costs of providing long-term care; alternative approaches to providing long-term
care; barriers to the provision of quality long-term care services; programs and techniques
employed in other states for providing long-term care; and other issues appropriate to the study of
the continuum of care. The department shall submit an interim report with findings and any
recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than November 15, 2006, and a final
report to the Governor and the Legislature no later than November 15, 2007.
The Department of Social Services may contract with a consultant for the study
required in section 1 of this Act. The consultant shall have demonstrated expertise in the
continuum of care needs of senior citizens and in evaluating the issues relating to the continuum
of care, including infrastructure, capital, and workforce availability.
Any agency of the state or any organization that has a contract with the state shall
cooperate with the Department of Social Services or its consultant for the purpose of providing
facts, figures, data, projections, and other information needed to complete the study.
The provisions of this Act are repealed on December 31, 2007.