2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:824 — Community and family support system plan

§824.  Community and Family Support System plan

A.  The Louisiana State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities shall develop a plan to implement a Community and Family Support System in accordance with the principles contained in this Chapter.  The secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals shall allocate funds from existing resources to provide staff support to the council for the development of the plan.  The council may appoint an advisory committee as necessary to assist in the development of the plan.  The advisory committee shall include representation of parents of children or adults now residing in an intermediate care facility for people with developmental disabilities.

B.  The plan shall address the following issues:

(1)  Budgetary recommendations with specific emphasis on cost effectiveness in providing services to those who qualify.

(2)  Eligibility criteria.

(3)  Methods of service provision.

(4)  Sliding fee scale.

(5)  Application procedures.

(6)  Service coordination system.

(7)  Performance indicators that will measure the effectiveness of the Community and Family Support System.

C.  The plan shall be coordinated with the plans of the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Services System (R.S. 28:380 et seq.), the Handicapped Infants and Toddlers Program (P.L. 99-457 Part H), the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (R.S. 28:801 et seq.), the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-660), and other activities of the Louisiana State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities (R.S. 28:750 et seq.).

D.  The council shall submit the plan to the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals and the secretary of the Department of Social Services by August 1, 1990.  The secretaries shall review and approve the plan and submit it for review and approval to the House Committee on Health and Welfare and the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and submit the plan to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget by September 1, 1990.  Any changes made in the plan by the secretaries shall be so indicated.

E.  The secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, with any necessary cooperation from the secretary of the Department of Social Services, shall begin implementation of the Community and Family Support System plan by July 1, 1991.

F.  The council shall monitor the implementation of the plan, and shall report its findings annually to the House Committee on Health and Welfare and the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, for review and approval, and to the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals and the secretary of the Department of Social Services until the plan is fully implemented.

G.  The plan shall provide for full implementation of the Community and Family Support System by July 1, 1993.

H.  The council shall submit a report evaluating the effectiveness of the plan and its implementation to the House Committee on Health and Welfare, for review and approval, the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, for review and approval, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, and the secretary of the Department of Social Services prior to the convening of the 1998 Regular Session of the Legislature.

I.  The Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Social Services may provide a system of community and family supports.

(1)  The family support system shall be provided to children with developmental disabilities and their families.  Counseling or educational services defined in R.S. 28:822 shall be available weekdays, weekends, and nights to accommodate varying family schedules.  Such a system includes:

(a)  Cash subsidy for families of children with severe developmental disabilities.

(b)  System of service coordination.

(c)  Family support services as defined in R.S. 28:822.

(d)  A designated entry agency.

(2)  The community support system shall be provided to adults with severe disabilities age eighteen and over and whose disability was manifested before age fifty-five.  Such a system includes the community supports as defined in R.S. 28:822.

J.  Methods to assure the quality of community and family support services include:

(1)  Regional and state advisory councils.

(a)  Purpose.

(i)  Advise state agencies on policy issues that arise relevant to the community  and family support system.

(ii)  Set priorities.

(iii)  Review program effectiveness and make recommendations on implementation.

(b)  Council members shall be appointed by the developmental disabilities council chairperson in consultation with the secretaries of the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Social Services.

(c)  Terms of office and council composition shall be defined in regulations.

(d)  Remuneration.

(i)  Council members will serve on a voluntary basis without payment for their services.

(ii)  Council members shall be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with division of administration regulations.

(2)  An annual external evaluation based upon consumer satisfaction and performance indicators.

(3)  Persons applying for or receiving services shall have access to an appeals process which shall be defined in regulations.

K.  Purchases of equipment for clients of the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Social Services who are eligible for services under the system of community and family supports shall be exempt from state purchasing requirements and state property control regulations.

L.  The Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Social Services shall promulgate rules and regulations for the community and family support system within one year.  However, the implementation of the system shall not be delayed if the rules and regulations are not completed in a timely manner.

Acts 1989, No. 378, §1; Acts 1991, No. 1011, §1; Acts 2006, No. 163, §1.

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