The Texas Council (Council) on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders is legislatively established as the state's advocate for persons with Alzheimer's disease and those who care for them. Duties of the council include:
- Recommend needed action for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their care givers.
- Disseminate information on services and related activities for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders to the medical and healthcare community, academic community, primary family care givers, advocacy associations, and general public.
- Facilitate coordination of services and activities of state agencies and other service providers and advocacy groups relating to persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
- Advocate for statewide coordinated research to increase dollars allocated for research to benefit persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
- Implement and coordinate statewide strategic planning to reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease in Texas.
1. To create a biennial legislative agenda.
A. Identify needs.
B. Identify sponsors.
C. Develop legislative language.
D. Coordinate with overlapping agendas of other groups.
E. Advocate to members of legislature.
F. Evaluate outcome and report back.
G. Address reimbursement issues.
1. To enhance available information through the state's Alzheimer's disease program.
A. (Staff will) assess current information available.
B. (Staff will) identify needs (based on requests from public).
C. (Council members) will obtain updated information (caregiver, support information, etc.).
D. (Council members) will obtain updated brochures.
E. (Council members) will obtain referral sources for professionals.
F. (Council members) will obtain research information (ADC database, ADEAR, Drug Database from Alzheimer's Association).
2. To sponsor annual Texas Alzheimer’s disease partnership meetings.
A. Determine focus of meetings and develop meeting agendas.
B. Coordinate registration, speakers, work plans.
3. To co-sponsor other regional and statewide conferences.
4. To further develop the state’s website.
1. To identify ways to strengthen collaboration and coordination among state agencies, other service providers and advocacy groups relating to persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
A. Continue to post Council meeting notices with the Secretary of State’s Office.
B. Educational presentations to Council members.
C. Identify service providers and state agencies and define their purpose and interest. Identify stakeholders and their roles complement one another. Include as web site links.
D. Identify gaps and barriers in services.
1. To establish Alzheimer's disease research as a line item in the state budget.
A. Identify stakeholders.
B. Coordinate efforts with stakeholders.
2. To create additional funding for Alzheimer's disease activities.
A. Identify potential funding sources.
B. Create/build relationship with funders.
C. Develop/write proposals.
Texas State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease
1. Continue to expedite the implementation of the 2010-2015 Texas State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease (the Plan).
2. Continue to engage, expand and coordinate the activities of the Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Partnership in actively advancing the Plan and promoting awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in Texas.