Ohio State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
Following the enactment of S.B. 24 in 2019, Ohio formed the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias Task Force to create Ohio’s first State Alzheimer’s Plan. The Task Force was charged with conducting a needs assessment and examining opportunities around public health, early detection and diagnosis, workforce, home and community-based services and quality of care. A plan is anticipated to be published in 2022.
Ohio 2022 Policy Priorities
Enact Dementia Training Standards for Ohio’s First Responders
First responders are critical to the health and safety of people living with Alzheimer’s, as they frequently interact with individuals living with dementia in a variety of settings and are among the first to observe instances of abuse and neglect. Without proper training on how to recognize the signs of dementia and how to effectively communicate with people with dementia, situations may escalate quickly with potentially dangerous consequences. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on Ohio legislators to approve House Bill 23 to require competency-based dementia training for law enforcement officers and other first responders during their certification process and as part of their continuing education requirements. The training will help Ohio’s first responders identify symptoms of a person with dementia, educate first responders on strategies to effectively communicate with individuals living with dementia and understand appropriate responses to dementia-related behaviors.
Publish and Implement the Ohio Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia State Plan
In 2019, Ohio passed SB 24 establishing the Ohio Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia State Task Force. This group of Ohioans is tasked with creating an Alzheimer’s State Plan, which is the blueprint for outlining the state government’s response to Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to advocate for a comprehensive plan to address the Alzheimer’s crisis in Ohio and improve the lives of Ohoians living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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State Affairs Contact: Trey Addison
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Ohio
Ohioans are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Ohio needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Ohio
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Ohio policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.