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S.F. No. 247 - Alzheimer's Research Grants; Dementia Public Awareness Grants and Programs - Committee Engrossment
 
Author: Senator Carla J. Nelson
 
Prepared By: Liam Monahan, Senate Analyst (651/296-1791)
Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
 
Date: April 13, 2015



 

This bill creates four Alzheimer’s related programs: one grant program for research into the prevention, treatment, causes and cures of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; two grant programs to increase awareness of and screening for dementias as well as provide information to and support for caregivers of persons with dementia; and an Alzheimer’s public information program.

Section 1 [256.975, subd. 27] adds to the duties of the Minnesota Board on Aging responsibility for administering and reporting on the grant programs under sections 4 and 5 of this bill.

Section 2 [256.975, subd. 11] establishes a statewide competitive grant program administered by the Minnesota Board on Aging to fund statewide projects and initiatives to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, increase the rate of cognitive testing in populations at risk of dementias, promote the benefits of early diagnosis of dementias, or connect caregivers of persons with dementia to education and resources. Section 256.975, subdivision 11, also specifies eligible grant applicants, provides guidance on the criteria to be used to award grants, requires reporting, and specifies dates of application for and awarding of the grants.

Section 3 [256.975, subd. 12] establishes a regional and local competitive grant program administered by the Minnesota Board on Aging to fund regional and local projects and initiatives targeted to specific communities to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, increase the rate of cognitive testing in populations at risk of dementias, promote the benefits of early diagnosis of dementias, or connect caregivers of persons with dementia to education and resources. Section 5 also specifies eligible grant applicants, provides guidance on the criteria to be used to award grants, requires reporting, and specifies dates of application for and awarding of the grants.

Section 4 [256.975, subdivision 13] creates an Alzheimer’s public information program, which is to include a toll-free number and a Web site that provide resources and referrals to meet the needs of caregivers of persons with dementia.  The board or a third party with whom the board contracts will administer the program.

Section 5 makes appropriations for the Alzheimer’s research grants, the statewide dementia grants, the regional and local dementia grants, and the Alzheimer’s public information program.

Paragraph (a) appropriates $5,000,000 in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to fund competitive Alzheimer’s research grants.

Paragraph (b) appropriates $500,000 in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to the Board on Aging for statewide dementia grants.

Paragraph (c) appropriates $500,000 in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017 for regional and local dementia grants.

Paragraph (d) appropriates $250,000 in fiscal year 2016 for the purpose of establishing an Alzheimer’s public information program.

 

 
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