TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.3
Long-term Care Coordinating Council

SECTION 23-17.3-2


   § 23-17.3-2  Membership. – The council shall be comprised of forty-one (41) members, as follows: the lieutenant governor or designee; the secretary of state or designee; the director of the department of health or designee; the director of the department of human services or designee; the director of the department of mental health, retardation, and hospitals or designee; the attorney general or designee; the director of the department of elderly affairs or designee; the chair of the Rhode Island advisory commission on aging or designee; the president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) or designee; the director of the Alliance for Long-term Care or designee; the president of the Rhode Island Senior Center Directors Association or designee; the executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or designee; a representative of a long-term care provider organization other than a nursing home owner, a representative of a long-term care service provider that primarily serves persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities and a representative of an assisted living residence other than a nursing home, to be appointed by the governor; a representative of a not-for-profit nursing home to be appointed by the lieutenant governor; five (5) citizens of the state with no direct or indirect interest in nursing home ownership who have demonstrated concern for the care of the elderly, two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the lieutenant governor, two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one of whom shall be appointed by the President of the senate; a representative of an adult day care center to be appointed by the speaker; a representative of senior housing to be appointed by the lieutenant governor; a representative of a not-for-profit home health care agency to be appointed by the speaker; a representative of a for profit home health care agency to be appointed by the speaker; and a representative of a community mental health center, to be appointed by the president of the senate; a registered nurse experienced in the care of the elderly, to be appointed by the governor; a representative of nonmanagerial nursing home employees, to be appointed by the lieutenant governor; three (3) members of the house, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the speaker; a nursing home owner, to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) members of the senate, not more than one from the same political party to be appointed by the president of the senate; one consumer of home and community based care to be appointed by the speaker from a list of three (3) submitted by the chairperson of the independent living council; one consumer of home and community based care to be appointed by the president of the senate from a list of three (3) submitted by the chairperson of the Governor's Council on Mental Health; a member of the public representing the interests of parents of children with special care needs to be appointed by the president of the senate; a family member of a person with developmental disabilities to be appointed by the speaker of the house; a person with developmental disabilities or a representative of an organization that advocates for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities to be appointed by the lieutenant governor; a general physician to be appointed by the president of the senate and a psychiatrist specializing in the medical problems of the elderly, to be appointed by the lieutenant governor. Members of the general public may be appointed in lieu of legislators, provided that at least one member shall be appointed from the house and one from the senate, and the appointments shall be made by the same authority as for the legislators supplanted. The members of the council shall serve two (2) year terms, expiring on the second anniversary of each individual's appointment or on the date that their respective successors are appointed and qualified, whichever is later.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 117, § 2; P.L. 1988, ch. 170, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 126, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 131, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 233, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 173, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 283, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 46, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 75, § 1.)