The Texas Alzheimer's Advocacy Academy is open to all volunteer public policy advocates: Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members, and Alzheimer’s State Champions.
- Join your peers for regular networking.
-Share best practices.
-Build knowledge and skills.
The Academy welcomes all Texas advocates and their guests to our virtual monthly trainings. This is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to public policy, while also bolstering your advocacy skills and gaining insight from policy and advocacy leaders. Please stay tuned for our 2021 Academy dates and topics.
Preserve Texas’ $1 Million Investment in Alzheimer’s Care & Support
During the 2019 legislative session, the Alzheimer’s Association and advocates secured a $1 million dollar appropriation over the biennium for the Department of State Health Services’ Alzheimer’s Disease Program. With budget cuts expected due to the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support a continued investment of $1 million over the biennium for Alzheimer’s care and support at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
H.B. 413 (Perez); S.B 383 (Powell): Ensure Alzheimer’s Families Are Fully Informed When Choosing Long-term Care
More than 60% of seniors living in a nursing home have moderate or severe cognitive impairment. Among those in residential care settings, 42% have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Many nursing care facilities market themselves as "memory care facilities" or something similar, which can be misleading to residents and their family members. These facilities are not required to disclose whether or not they are a state- certified Alzheimer’s facility. The Alzheimer’s Association is working with legislators to ensure that Alzheimer’s families are fully-informed of the level of care each facility provides that advertise, market, or promote themselves as providing care or treatment to persons with Alzheimer’s in a special unit or under a special program.
HB 4141 (White): Require Dementia Training for Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officers frequently interact with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias in a variety of settings. Individuals with Alzheimer’s have unique needs, requiring additional support to keep them and others safe. Without adequate training, however, law enforcement officers may not know how to work with people in these situations — leading to more confusion and potentially hostile behaviors. Requiring education of the disease and training in de-escalation tactics can often effectively address situations and ensure the safety of individuals with dementia as well as the safety of the first responders. The Alzheimer’s Association is working with legislators to ensure all new law enforcement officers receive dementia training and dementia continuing education is provided to current officers.
Texas State Plan Overview
In March 2009, the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Texas Department of State Health Services Alzheimer's Disease Program formed a steering committee charged with developing the state's response to Alzheimer's disease. Working with a statewide partnership, representatives from the health care sector, community organizations, academia, state agencies, and businesses as well as families impacted by Alzheimer's drafted Putting the Pieces Together: A Comprehensive Plan for Addressing the Burden of Alzheimer's Disease in Texas 2010-2015. The plan was published in September 2010. As a result of Senate Bill 999 (2019), the Texas Department of State Health Services was required to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a new five-year state plan to address Alzheimer's disease. In Winter 2019, the Texas Department of State Health Services released the 2019-2023 State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease.
Texas State Advocacy Day
April 13, 2021
Thank you for joining us for our 2021 Virtual State Advocacy Day! Although we physically didn't fill the Capitol halls with our purple sashes, the State Legislature felt our Purple Passion through our virtual presence!