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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 117 – Idaho State School/Hosp, use, study


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SCR117...............................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
IDAHO STATE SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to conduct a study of the future use of
the Idaho State School and Hospital and the development of quality
community care alternatives.

02/15    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/16    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
02/17    Ref'd to St Aff
03/08    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/09    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 26-4-5
      AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Crow,
      Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen,
      Keough, Lee, McLaughlin, Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder,
      Sorensen, Stegner, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth
      NAYS--Danielson, King, Noh, Twiggs
      Absent and excused--Bunderson, Geddes, Parry, Riggs, Stennett
    Floor Sponsor - Crow
    Title apvd - to House
03/10    House intro - 1st rdg - to W/M
03/12    Rpt out - to Health/Wel
03/17    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/18    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/19    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 64-0-6
      AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe,
      Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Crow, Cuddy, Deal,
      Denney, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould, Hadley, Hammond,
      Hansen(23), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Judd, Kellogg, Kempton,
      Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Limbaugh, Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley,
      McKague, Meyer(Duncan), Montgomery, Mortensen, Moyle, Pischner,
      Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ridinger, Ringo, Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Smylie,
      Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone, Taylor, Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wheeler,
      Wood, Zimmermann, Mr Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Ellsworth, Hansen(29), Sellman, Smith, Tilman,
    Floor Sponsor - Denney
    Title apvd - to enrol
03/22    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
03/23    To Secretary of State

Bill Text


 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature                 First Regular Session - 1999

                                      IN THE SENATE

                           SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 117

                             BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE

 1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
 6        SERVICES.

 7    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

 8        WHEREAS,  the  Idaho  Department  of  Health  and Welfare is empowered and
 9    directed, pursuant to Section 39-4601, et al.,  Idaho  Code,  to  develop  and
10    coordinate services for Idahoans with a developmental disability, and pursuant
11    to  Section  66-401,  et al., Idaho Code, to establish a system for diagnosis,
12    care, and treatment in  a  manner  consistent  with  legal  rights  and  least
13    restrictive settings; and
14        WHEREAS, the state has made progress in designing and establishing in-home
15    services  for  people  with  developmental  disabilities  as an alternative to
16    institutionalization; and
17        WHEREAS, the  state  should  further  expand  individualized  services  so
18    in-home  living  arrangements  become  the  preferred  policy of the state and
19    offered as the first choice as a living arrangement for Idahoans with a devel-
20    opmental disability, and institutional care becomes the alternative  to  home-
21    based care; and
22        WHEREAS, the development of in-home individualized services must meet both
23    quality and safety criteria; and
24        WHEREAS, growth in the Medicaid budget requires all opportunities for sav-
25    ings  to  be  explored including strategies to become even less dependent upon
26    this expensive institutional service model; and
27        WHEREAS, the Idaho State School and Hospital budget was $18.4  million  in
28    fiscal year 1999, employing 407 persons to serve 110 individuals, while commu-
29    nity services cost considerably less; and
30        WHEREAS,  the  physical  facilities of the Idaho State School and Hospital
31    are old and generally regarded as inefficient, difficult to maintain,  and  in
32    poor physical condition; and
33        WHEREAS, the current population at the Idaho State School and Hospital has
34    changed and now reflects a mix of disabilities including individuals with vio-
35    lent behaviors sentenced by the courts to the institution.
36        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
37    of  the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa-
38    tives concurring therein,  that  the  Legislative  Council  is  authorized  to
39    appoint  a  committee  that is charged to research the future use of the Idaho
40    State School and Hospital, the role of the state in developing strategies  and
41    resources to expand in-home community-based services, and determine options to
42    eliminate  the  waiting  list  for  those  services.  This information will be
43    detailed in a report that must  include,  but  not  be  limited  to:  thorough
44    assessment  of the resources and facilities at the Idaho State School and Hos-


 1    pital; strategies to enhance the in-home and  community-based  service  system
 2    and  efforts  to  support  current residents in community settings; methods to
 3    maximize the efficient use of Medicaid and other funds; steps to  address  the
 4    elimination  of the growing waiting list for waiver services; steps to guaran-
 5    tee that the civil and human rights of residents of the institution and commu-
 6    nity services are fully protected; options to  stimulate  the  development  of
 7    additional in-home service providers; methods to ensure that quality assurance
 8    mechanisms are part of the community care model; approaches to provided train-
 9    ing or retraining for potential relocation of current institutional personnel;
10    strategies  to  involve  current residents and their families to address their
11    concerns and assist in smooth transitions to  alternative  settings  if  found
12    desirable; and establish a timeline for accomplishment of all of the above not
13    to extend beyond the year 2005.
14        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED, that, in addition to legislative members of the
15    committee, the committee will consist of representatives  from  the  following
16    general  organizations: two individuals from the Idaho State School and Hospi-
17    tal; one member from the Division of Family and Community Services; one member
18    from the Division of Medicaid; one representative from the Governor's  Office,
19    Division of Financial Management; one representative from the Idaho Council on
20    Developmental  Disabilities;  one representative from the Idaho Protection and
21    Advocacy Agency; one representative of the State Independent  Living  Council;
22    one  representative  of  the Department of Correction; one District Judge; one
23    representative from community-based Intermediate Care Facilities for the  Men-
24    tally Retarded (ICFs/MR); two members from agencies or organizations that pro-
25    vide  in-home services for people with developmental disabilities; two parents
26    or legal guardians of residents living at the Idaho State School and Hospital;
27    and up to two residents or former residents of the Idaho State School and Hos-
28    pital.
29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that  nonlegislative  advisors  of  the  committee
30    shall  not be reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other
31    expenses and shall not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recom-
32    mendations or proposed legislation.
33        AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the committee meet monthly  beginning  in
34    May, 1999, and make its final report, plan, recommendations and time frames to
35    the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                        STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


Th purpose of this legislation is to create a legislative
Interim Committee, with advisors, to study, plan for, and
recommend actions regarding the future use of Idaho State School
and Hospital, the state's role in developing resources and
strategies to expand in-home community based services, and the
determination of options to eliminate the waiting list for those
services. The committee would begin deliberations in May, l999,
and report their findings to the Idaho Legislature in 2000.

                            FISCAL NOTE
Estimated at $4,000 for legislators' costs. Advisors will
participate at their own cost.

CONTACT: Marilyn Sword, ID Council on Developmental Disabilities
        (208) 334-2178