Public Policy

Advocacy

Local Initiatives

The Alzheimer’s Project

Alzheimer’s San Diego has built an incredible movement to address the devastating toll of dementia locally through the County Alzheimer’s Project. As a key partner, we actively work to raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, to provide guidance to local community and government leaders, and to fund Alzheimer’s research projects through Collaboration4Cure, a groundbreaking initiative accelerating local efforts to find a cure. In particular, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has been instrumental in the Alzheimer’s Project and other local initiatives such as the Alzheimer’s Response Team. 

Alzheimer’s Response Team

In 2018, Alzheimer’s San Diego partnered with Grossmont Healthcare District and the County of San Diego to launch an innovative new pilot program: the Alzheimer’s Response Team (ART). This team is specially-trained to work with people with dementia in case of an emergency or crisis, and prevent them from unnecessarily ending up in the emergency room or jail. We are deeply encouraged by the success of the pilot program, which will soon be expanded. Click here to learn more about this innovative program.

Contact Local Representatives

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors are elected to four-year terms. Click here to find your Supervisor to ask them to continue to make Alzheimer’s a priority in San Diego County.

State Initiatives

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Alzheimer’s Programs Preserved in State Budget

After the Governor threatened to eliminate or cut funding for many senior programs in 2020, the State budget preserved funding for older adult programs including adult day care (CBAS) and the Multipurpose Senior Service Program (MSSP). These programs help keep people with dementia at home and out of more costly nursing homes. Thank you to all the advocates who took action and helped secure this funding!

Master Plan on Aging

Status: PASSED
In 2019, this bill required the Governor to appoint an Aging Czar and a 15-member Aging Task Force to develop a Master Plan for Aging. The plan will identify the policies and priorities that need to be implemented in California to prepare for the aging population. This bill will require the master plan to address how the state should accomplish specified goals – including expanding access to coordinated, integrated systems of care. It will also require the Aging Task Force to solicit input from stakeholders and gather information on the impact of California’s aging population. For more information and updates about the Master Plan, click here.

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AB 453: Emergency medical services training

Status: PASSED
Thanks to this legislation, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) will now receive training on how to effectively communicate with a person living with dementia, and how to engage family caregivers when responding to a medical emergency. Alzheimer’s San Diego, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, and Alzheimer’s Orange County are proud to have cosponsored this bill. It was signed into law July 2019.

Public Policy Platform

Alzheimer’s San Diego is proud to partner with Alzheimer’s Orange County and Alzheimer’s Los Angeles on important state issues that affect those living with dementia and their care partners. Click here to learn about our top policy priorities.

Contact State Representatives

The California State Legislature is the governing body for the state. It consists of 80 members of the Assembly and 40 members of the Senate, each representing specific local districts. Each elected official has an office in Sacramento and locally, where constituents can call or schedule in-person meetings to discuss state priorities. Members of the California Senate are elected to a four-year term and serve specific districts. Members of the California State Assembly are elected to a two-year term and serve specific districts. Click here to find your state representatives and ask them to support these bills.

Federal Initiatives

S. 3703/H.R. 6813: Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act

Status: PASSED
On December 22, 2020, the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act was signed into law. The law requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop training materials to assist professionals supporting victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These materials will be designed to assist law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, medical personnel, victims services personnel, and others who encounter and support individuals living with dementia. Dementia-specific training materials for these professionals will improve the quality of their interactions with individuals living with dementia and help protect them from elder abuse. The law also requires DOJ to report to Congress annually on the dissemination and use of the materials.

S.2076/H.R.4256: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

Status: PASSED
Alzheimer’s San Diego additionally supported the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which was passed in 2018. This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.

Contact Federal Lawmakers

The 117th US Congress, comprised of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives, convened on January 3, 2021 and will end on January 3, 2023. Any bills introduced during the 116th Congress and not yet passed must be re-introduced during the current Congress with a new bill number. Click here to find your Representative and Senators and ask them to support these bills.