Human services and health matters.

Authors: Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Luke Kenley

Sponsors: Representative Edward Clere

Co-Sponsors: Representative Timothy Brown, Representative Charlie Brown

Advisors: Senator Ronald Grooms, Senator Timothy Lanane, Senator Luke Kenley

Digest

Amends the definition of "autism". Makes multiple changes to the administration of the office of the secretary of family and social services. Moves the authority to operate a disability determination bureau from the division of disability and rehabilitative services (division) to the office of the secretary. Expires the health facility preadmission screening assessment process statute June 30, 2016. Requires the division of aging to: (1) meet with stakeholders to collaborate on changes in the health facility preadmission screening assessment process; and (2) submit a written report to the general assembly before November 1, 2015, concerning any recommendations for statutory changes to the process. Repeals the law that requires the division to operate a disability determination bureau that adjudicates whether a state employee is entitled to long term disability benefits. Repeals the step ahead comprehensive early childhood grant program. Repeals Medicaid eligibility parameters concerning patients in an institution for the mentally diseased. Removes language that prohibited certain Medicaid copayment for services. Makes changes in the manner that voter registration applications and declinations can be transferred. Removes language that provided an incentive payment to the offices of prosecuting attorneys for the investigation or prosecution of food stamp fraud. Repeals language concerning public records reports of Medicaid recipients. Makes changes to the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled board (board). Provides for four year terms on the board and staggers the terms of the members. Repeals the law that requires the director of the division of family resources to appoint the director of each county office of family resources. Provides that the director of the division of family resources appoints the assistants with the county. (Currently the appointments are made by the county director.) Urges the legislative council to assign to an interim study committee the topic of drug testing for individuals receiving public assistance. Makes technical and conforming changes.