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Special Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Chair: Rep. Daniel R. Knodl
Vice Chair: Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber
Legislative Council Staff:  Mary Matthias and Brian Larson
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Subcommittee Membership List

The Special Committee is directed to review and develop legislation to clarify the statutes regarding guardianship, protective placement, involuntary commitment, and involuntary treatment as they apply to vulnerable adults with a dementia diagnosis who may or may not have a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis.


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Joint Legislative Council Report to the Legislature
  • Joint Legislative Council's Report of the Special Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (January 10, 2014).

  • 2013 Assembly Bill 575

Results of the Joint Legislative Council Meeting (February 13, 2013)
Recommendation to the Joint Legislative Council (February 13, 2013)

Joint Legislative Council Agenda

  • Report to the Joint Legislative Council, Special Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias LCR-2012-08 (February 6, 2013).
  • WLC: 0061/2, relating to psychiatric and behavioral care and treatment for individuals with dementia.
January 10, 2013 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0061/2, relating to psychiatric and behavioral care and treatment for individuals with dementia.
  • Draft letter to Senator Luther Olsen and Representative Joan Ballweg, Co-Chairs, Joint Legislative Council.
  • Draft letter to Dennis Smith, Secretary, Department of Health Services and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
  • Notice of Mail Ballot.
  • Results of Mail Ballot.
December 17, 2012 Meeting
  • Article, Nonpharmacologic Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia, JAMA, November 21, 2012 - Volume 308, No. 19, submitted at the request of Public Member Tom Hlavacek.  The article is available at: http://bit.ly/KenPopeNonPharmDementiaInterventions.
  • Draft Report, Psychotropic Medications Work Group as part of the Alzheimerís Challenging Behaviors Task Force.  It was submitted for distribution by Public Member Tom Hlavacek.  (Please note this is a draft report, and not intended for wide circulation.)
  • Letter, from Shel Gross, Chair, Wisconsin Council on Mental Health (December 2, 2012).
  • WLC: 0018/4, relating to authorization of an agent under a power of attorney for health care to consent to the admission of a principal with dementia to an inpatient facility.
  • WLC: 0061/1, relating to psychiatric and behavioral care and treatment for individuals with dementia.
  • Memorandum, submitted by Rob Gundermann, Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (December 12, 2012).
  • Letter, submitted by the Department of Health Services (December 13, 2012).
  • Letter, from Matthew Stanford, Vice President and Regulatory Affairs, Associate General Counsel, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc., regarding opposition to county regulatory authority over DHS approved hospitals and proposed alternative language.
  • Letter, from Matthew Stanford, Vice President and Regulatory Affairs, Associate General Counsel, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc., regarding recommendation for significant additional review and changes before the drafts are introduced as legislation.
December 5 and 6, 2012 Meetings of the Subcommittee
  • Memo No. 4, Issues Pertaining to WLC: 0017/5 and WLC: 0015/3 (November 30, 12).
  • Memo No. 5, Summary of Remaining Issues in WLC: 0018/3.
  • WLC: 0015/3, relating to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication as a protective service to a person with dementia.
  • WLC: 0017/5, relating to inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals with dementia.
November 14, 2012 Meeting
  • WLC: 0015/2, relating to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication as a protective service to a person with dementia.
  • WLC: 0017/4, relating to inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals with dementia.
  • WLC: 0018/3, relating to authorization of an agent under a power of attorney for health care to make certain decisions related to care and treatment of dementia.
  • Memo No. 3, Physical Separation Requirement in WLC: 0017/4, November 12, 2012 (Revised November 13, 2012).
  • Memorandum, to Dan Knodl, Chair and Penny Bernard Schaber, Vice Chair, Special Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, from Rob Gundermann, Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (November 12, 2012).
  • Memorandum, to Rep. Dan Knodl, Chair and Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, Vice Chair, and Members of  the Special Committee on Legal Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, from Robert Kellerman, Executive Director, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, and Spokesperson, Wisconsin Aging Network (November 12, 2012).
  • Memorandum, distributed at the request of Kristine Beck, Administrative Specialist, Disability Rights Wisconsin.
  • Proposals, submitted by Matthew Stanford, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate Counsel Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc.
  • Questions Regarding bill drafts submitted by Matthew Stanford, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Associate Counsel Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc.
  • Suggestions, submitted by Public Member Tom Hlavacek (November 12, 2012).
November 5, 2012 Meeting of the Subcommittee
  • WLC: 0017/3, relating to inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals with dementia.
  • WLC: 0018/2, relating to authorization of an agent under a power of attorney for health care to make certain decisions related to care and treatment of dementia and to consent to the admission of the principal to certain facilities.
November 2, 2012 Meeting of the Subcommittee
  • WLC: 0017/2, relating to inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals with irreversible dementia.
October 18, 2012 Meeting
  • Memo No. 2, Selected Federal Regulations and Initiatives Related to Long-Term Care Facilities (October 12, 2012).
  • WLC: 0015/P1, relating to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication to a person with irreversible dementia.
  • WLC: 0017/1, relating to inpatient psychiatric treatment for individuals with irreversible dementia.
  • WLC: 0018/1, relating to authorization of an agent under a power of attorney for health care to make certain decisions related to care and treatment of irreversible dementia and to consent to the admission of the principal to certain facilities.
September 12, 2012 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Summary of Recommendations Made to the Special Committee at the July 31, 2012 Meeting (September 6, 2012).
  • Handout, Grant Cummings, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
  • Handout, Linda Harris, Division Administrator, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Department of Health Services.
  • Testimony, submitted by Alice Page, Adult Protective Services and Systems Developer, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, Division of Long Term Care, Department of Health Services.
  • Other materials distributed by Alice Page:
    • Handout, Treatment of patients with dementia at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
    • Map, Percent of the Population Age 65+ 2010.
    • Map, Percent of the Population Age 65+ 2035.
  • Testimony, submitted by Otis L. Woods, Division Administrator for the Division of Quality Assurance, Department of Health Services.
July 31, 2012 Meeting
  • Staff Brief 2012-05, Legal Interventions for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (July 25, 2012).
  • Memorandum to Representative Dan Knodl, Chair, from Grant Cummings, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Use of Chapter 51 and 55 Procedures to Address Challenging Behaviors of Individuals With Alzheimerís Disease and Dementia (July 24, 2012).
  • Presentation, by Dyann Hafner, Assistant Corporation Counsel for Dane County.
  • Materials presented by Dr. Sara Coleman, Psychologist, Mobile Crisis Team, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division:
  • Testimony, submitted by Carol J. Wessels, Attorney, Nelson, Irvings & Waeffler, S.C.
  • Testimony, submitted by Mike Pochowski, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association; Manager. Government Affairs and Legal Operations, Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
  • Testimony, submitted by Rob Gundermann, Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.
  • Testimony, submitted by Kim Marheine, Ombudsman Program Supervisor; Board of Aging and Long-Term Care.

  • Testimony, submitted by Mark Radmer, Nursing Home Administrator and Karen Wagner, Director of Social Services, Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation, Fond du Lac County.

  • Testimony, submitted by Dr. Robert P. Smith, Past President and Board Member, Wisconsin Association of Medical Directors.

  • Testimony, submitted by Scott A. Ethun, Director, Juneau County Department of Human Services.

  • Testimony, submitted by Cagney Martin, Activity Therapist and Lori Koeppel, Nursing Home Administrator, North Central Health Care.

  • Memo, submitted by Matthew Standord, Vice President Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Associate General Counsel, Wisconsin Hospital Association.