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 1        AN ACT in relation to long-term care planning.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4                   ARTICLE 1.  General Provisions

 5        Section  1-1.  Short title.  This Act may be cited as the
 6    Long-Term Care Planning Strategy Act.

 7        Section 1-5.  Purpose.  This Act is created to achieve  a
 8    broad  awareness  and use of alternatives to nursing homes to
 9    serve the increased number of people needing long-term care.

10            ARTICLE 5.  Long-Term Care Planning Committee

11        Section 5-5.  Long-term  care  planning  committee.   The
12    Director  of  Aging  shall  establish,  by  July  1,  2002, a
13    long-term care planning committee which shall consist of  the
14    following  members:  the  Director  of  Aging,  or his or her
15    designee, who shall chair  and  convene  the  committee;  the
16    Director of Public Health or his or her designee; an owner of
17    a  long-term  care  facility,  who  shall be appointed to the
18    committee by the Director of Public Health; a  representative
19    of  the American Association of Retired Persons, who shall be
20    appointed to the committee by the Director of  Aging;  and  a
21    representative  of  Area  Agencies  on  Aging,  who  shall be
22    appointed to the committee by  the  Director  of  Aging.  The
23    committee  may  utilize  the  expertise  and  time  of  other
24    individuals  employed  by  the  Department  as  needed.   The
25    committee  shall meet as often as necessary to accomplish its
26    duties,  but  at  least  quarterly.   The   committee   shall
27    establish procedures, including public hearings, for allowing
28    regular  opportunities  for input from consumers of long-term
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 1    care   services,   family   caregivers,   advocates,    trade
 2    associations,    facility   administrators,   county   agency
 3    administrators, and other interested persons.

 4        Section 5-10.   Duties.   The  committee  shall  identify
 5    long-term  care  issues  requiring  coordinated  policies and
 6    shall conduct analyses, coordinate  policy  development,  and
 7    make  recommendations  for  effective implementation of these
 8    policies.  The committee shall refine State long-term  goals,
 9    establish  performance  indicators, and develop other methods
10    or measures to evaluate program performance, including client
11    outcomes.  The committee shall review  the  effectiveness  of
12    programs in meeting their objectives.
13        The committee shall also do the following:
14             (1)  Evaluate  the effectiveness of Area Agencies on
15        Aging in planning and  coordinating  regional  and  local
16        services.
17             (2)  Evaluate the effectiveness of regional or local
18        points  of  access  for  persons  seeking  information on
19        long-term care services.
20             (3)  Recommend  changes   in   State   funding   and
21        administrative  policies  that  are necessary to maximize
22        the use of home and community-based care and that promote
23        the  use  of  the  least   costly   alternative   without
24        sacrificing quality of care.
25             (4)  Develop  methods  of  identifying  and  serving
26        seniors  who  need minimal services to remain independent
27        but who are likely to develop a need for  more  extensive
28        services in the absence of these minimal services.
29             (5)  Develop    and    implement    strategies   for
30        advocating,  promoting,  and  developing  long-term  care
31        insurance, and encourage  insurance  companies  to  offer
32        long-term care insurance policies that are affordable and
33        offer a wide range of benefits.
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 1        Section  5-15.   Goals  of  the committee.  The long-term
 2    goals of the committee include the following:
 3             (1)  Achieve a broad awareness and use  of  low-cost
 4        home  care  and other residential alternatives to nursing
 5        homes.
 6             (2)  Strengthen the statewide system of  information
 7        and  assistance  to  enable easy access to long-term care
 8        services.
 9             (3)  Develop  sufficient  alternatives  to   nursing
10        homes  to  serve  the  increased number of people needing
11        long-term care.
12        These goals are designed to create a new  community-based
13    care  paradigm  for  long-term  care  in  order  to  maximize
14    independence  of  the  older  adult population and ensure the
15    cost-effective use of financial and human resources.

16        Section 5-20.  Reports.  The committee  shall  prepare  a
17    biennial  report  and  the chair shall deliver this report to
18    the legislature beginning January 31, 2003, listing progress,
19    achievements, and current goals and  objectives.   The  chair
20    shall  recommend  changes  in,  or  additions to, legislation
21    necessary or desirable to fulfill their responsibilities.

22        Section 5-25.  Data.  The committee shall have access  to
23    data   from  the  Illinois  Department  of  Public  Aid,  the
24    Department  of  Public  Health,  the  Department   of   Human
25    Services,  the Department of Insurance, and the Department on
26    Aging for carrying  out  its  duties  under  this  Act.   The
27    committee may  have access to data on persons, including data
28    on  vendors  of  services,  to carry out the purposes of this
29    Act.  If the  committee  receives  data  that  is  collected,
30    maintained,   used,  or  disseminated  in  an  investigation,
31    authorized by statute and relating to enforcement of rules or
32    law, the committee or  the  chair  shall  not  disclose  that
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 1    information  except under statute or valid court order, or to
 2    a  party  named  in   a   civil   or   criminal   proceeding,
 3    administrative or judicial, for preparation of defense.
 4        Data described in this subsection is classified as public
 5    data  upon  its  submission to an administrative law judge or
 6    court in an administrative or judicial proceeding.

 7        Section 5-30.  Long-term care research and database.  The
 8    committee  shall  collect  and  analyze  State  and  national
 9    long-term care data and research, including  relevant  health
10    data,  information,  and  research relating to long-term care
11    and social needs,  service  utilization,  costs,  and  client
12    outcomes.   The committee shall make recommendations to State
13    agencies and other public and private agencies for methods of
14    improving coordination of existing data, develop data  needed
15    for   long-term  care  research,  and  promote  new  research
16    activities.  Research and data activities shall  be  designed
17    to accomplish the following:
18        (1)  Improve  the  validity  and  reliability of existing
19    data and research information.
20        (2)  Identify sources of funding and  potential  uses  of
21    funding sources.
22        (3)  Evaluate  the  effectiveness  and client outcomes of
23    existing programs.
24        (4)  Identify and plan for future changes in the  number,
25    level, and type of services needed by seniors.

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