Idaho Needs a State Dementia Coordinator
In Idaho, numerous state agencies administer a variety of programs critical to people living with dementia. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple state agencies working separately from one another. These issues were detailed in a December 2020 report by the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance and Evaluation (OPE). To address these issues, OPE calls for the state to act promptly to address Alzheimer’s through establishing a dementia coordinator position and a permanent Alzheimer’s oversight entity. A state dementia coordinator would provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association joins OPE in their recommendations that the Idaho State Legislature must take the necessary steps to establish a system-wide oversight entity and to create a permanent position to oversee and update the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Idaho State Plan Overview
In 2012, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group through passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112. Tasked with determining how the state could best assist individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, the Planning Group included representatives from state agencies, advocacy agencies, academia, and community organizations as well as researchers, caregivers, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the Governor. After conducting a year-long state assessment and soliciting input from community stakeholders and the public-at-large, the Planning Group released A State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Addressing the Needs of Idahoans with ADRD, Their Caregivers, and Family Members in March 2013. The Idaho legislature endorsed the statewide plan with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 34 in 2013.
Idaho State Advocacy Day
February 01, 2021
In 2021 Advocacy Day is going virtual! We are increasing opportunities to connect with legislators from the comfort of your home all week long. Please join us February 1st through the 5th for what will be an epic advocacy opportunity!