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  • NJ A1463
  • Establishes New Jersey Caregiver Task Force to evaluate and provide recommendations on caregiver support services.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(11/30/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the "New Jersey Caregiver Task Force" to evaluate caregiver support services in the State and provide recommendations for the improvement and expansion of such services. The bill defines "caregiver support services" to mean any type of support or assistance that is or may be made available to caregivers in the State, including, but not limited to, financial support or assistance from any source, and any other type of support or assistance provided by public or private employers, hospitals, health care providers or organizations, or government agencies. The task force will consist of nine members, including the Commissioner of Human Services, the President of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, the Executive Director of Caregivers of New Jersey, the Executive Director of the Arc of New Jersey, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey, and the President of the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, or their designees; and three public members to be appointed by the Governor. The public members are to include one person who is a caregiver for a person with a disability, one person who is a caregiver for a person with mental illness, and one person who is a caregiver for an elderly person. The task force members will serve without compensation, but will be entitled to be reimbursement for travel or other necessary expenses within the limits of funds appropriated to the task force for its purposes. The task force will be authorized to solicit, receive, and expend any grant moneys or other funds that may be made available for the task force's purposes. The task force will be required to: (1) identify existing caregiver support services available in the State; (2) identify and survey caregivers in the State, in order to develop an aggregate summary of caregiver characteristics, including age, geographic location, the amount of time spent in caregiving activities and acting in the caregiver role, the nature and severity of illnesses or conditions suffered by the persons being cared for, and the existing support services that are most commonly used by caregivers; and (3) solicit testimony from caregivers on the nature and type of tasks they perform, the feasibility of task delegation, the availability and sufficiency of caregiver training programs, the costs associated with caregiving, the availability and sufficiency of financial support services, the availability and sufficiency of respite care services, the practical experiences of caregivers in relation to their requests for, or receipt of, support services, their experiences interacting with various entities in relation to caregiving matters, and the use of medical leave for caregiving purposes. The task force will be required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature detailing its findings and providing recommendations for legislation, or for regulatory or programmatic changes, that would be necessary to improve, expand, or supplement existing caregiver support service programs and systems in the State, in response to caregiver concerns. The report is to be submitted within 12 months after the task force's organization; on the 30th day following submission of the report, the task force will dissolve and the provisions of the bill will expire.
Health and Senior Services
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 11/30/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
11/30/2017 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
11/30/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 11/30/2017 A-5201 Conaway (pending intro and referral) Prohibits paid caret)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/30/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 10 0 3