HB1289 (2020) Detail

Establishing a commission to study the current delivery of services of the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and how such services might be improved.


HB 1289 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2098

01/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1289

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the current delivery of services of the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and how such services might be improved.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Woods, Merr. 23; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Gagne, Hills. 13; Rep. Major, Rock. 14; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study the current delivery of services of the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and how such services could be improved.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2098

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the current delivery of services of the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and how such services might be improved.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; Commission to Study the Current Delivery of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New Hampshire Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Places and How Such Services Could be Improved.  Amend RSA 125-Q by inserting after section 4 the following new subdivision:

Commission to Study the Current Delivery of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 in New Hampshire Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Places

 and How Such Services Could be Improved

125-Q:5  Commission to Study the Current Delivery of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New Hampshire Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Places and How Such Services Could be Improved.  

I.  There is established a commission to study the current delivery of services for the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living places and how such services could be improved.

II.(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:  

(1)  Two members of the house of representatives, one appointed by appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one appointed by the minority party leader.

(2)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  Four representatives of the department of health and human services, one of whom shall be an expert on elderly deaf needs, one of whom shall be an expert on health care licensing and certification, one of whom shall a representative of the office of elderly and adult services, and one of whom shall be the long-term care ombudsman, appointed by the commissioner.

(4)  A citizen with a recently deaf family member living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, appointed by the chairman of the New Hampshire commission on deafness and hard of hearing, in consultation with the commission.

(5)  A representative of a private nursing home, appointed by the New Hampshire Health Care Association.

(6)  A representative of a county nursing home, appointed by the president of the New Hampshire Association of Counties.

(7)  A representative of an assisted living facility, appointed by the governor.

(8)  A representative of the New Hampshire Association of the Deaf, appointed by the president of the association.

(9)  A representative of the governor's commission on disability, appointed by the governor.

(10)  One representative of the New Hampshire Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, appointed by the president of the New Hampshire Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

(11)  An advocate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, appointed by the Disability Rights Center.

(12)  A late-deafened adult, appointed by ALDA-Seacoast.

(13)  A representative of Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc., appointed by the executive director.

(14)  A specialist in deafness and hearing loss, appointed by Granite State Independent Living.

(15)  A representative of the New Hampshire veterans' home, appointed by the commandant.

(16)  A representative of the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, appointed by the coordinator of deaf services.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

III.(a)  The commission shall:

(1)  Compile a census of deaf and hard of hearing people in the county and private nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state.

(2)  Examine the intake forms used by the county and private nursing homes, and assisted living facilities and examine the department of health and human services' forms for nursing home admissions and make recommendations.

(3)  Assess how current delivery of services for the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living places are taking place.

(4)  Discuss the manner in which groups and facilities are providing for the deaf and hard of hearing patients so that ideas could be shared and implemented by other groups and facilities in the state.

(5)  Make recommendations for possible legislation.

(b)  The commission may solicit information and testimony from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

IV.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Eleven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

V.  The commission shall issue a report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2020.

2  Repeal.  RSA 125-Q:5, relative to a commission to study the current delivery of services for the deaf and hard of hearing in New Hampshire nursing homes and assisted living places and how such services could be improved, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2020.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1289 at GenCourtMobile
HB1289 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 12, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1289 Revision: 6893 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 1 P. 16
Feb. 12, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/12/2020 01:15 pm LOB 205 (executive session may follow)
Feb. 12, 2020 Executive Session: 02/12/2020 01:30 pm LOB 205
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 16-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 16-0; CC) HC 10 P. 19
March 11, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020