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Members of the federal Advisory Council of Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services have thoughts about new state and federal long-term care (LTC) programs, but they may not be proposing any specific new funding mechanisms.

The council’s Long Term Services and Supports Subcommittee has included a set of recommendations in a February meeting packet.

The subcommittee approved the recommendations in January.

The subcommittee says states should have “robust, dementia capable LTSS systems,” with a state lead entity for Alzheimer’s disease that coordinates activity across state agencies and works with the private sector.

The dementia capable systems should include “culturally and linguistically competent” services that are available in both an individual and community setting.

The services available to people with Alzheimer’s disease should include outreach, early detection services, supportive housing, home safety modification services, legal services and support services for caregivers, the subcommittee says.

Paid dementia service providers should get “reasonable compensation” that reflects any special training they have, the subcommittee says.

About funding, the subcommittee says only that the funds for the new and expanded programs should come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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