2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 27, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Larson and L. Taylor, cosponsored
by Representatives Brostoff, Emerson, Sinicki, Vruwink, Bowen, Subeck
and C. Taylor. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and
1An Act to create
50.067 of the statutes; relating to: Alzheimer's and dementia
2training for direct care and support services workers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the following training to be completed by employees or
contractors of adult family homes, community-based residential facilities, home
health agencies, nursing homes, or residential care apartment complexes who
provide care or support services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or
dementia: 1) at least six hours of initial training on dementia; and 2) at least two
hours of advanced training on dementia to be completed during every two years after
the initial training.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
50.067 of the statutes is created to read:
450.067 Required training; Alzheimer's and dementia. (1) Definitions. 5
In this section:
(a) “Entity” means an adult family home, a community-based residential 2
facility, a home health agency, a nursing home, or a residential care apartment 3
(b) “Entity worker” means all of the following:
1. An employee or contractor of an entity who provides care for and has regular 6
contact with a client of an entity who has Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
2. An employee or contractor of an entity who provides support services to and 8
has regular contact with a client of an entity who has Alzheimer's disease or 9
(c) “Initial training” means training on the causes, progression, and 11
management of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia disorders, 12
understanding dementia, effectively communicating with individuals with 13
dementia, assisting individuals with dementia in performing activities of daily 14
living, problem solving with individuals with dementia who exhibit challenging 15
behavior, techniques for creating an environment that minimizes challenging 16
behavior, fundamentals of dementia care, dysphagia, safe environments, and 17
managing the activities of individuals with dementia.
18(2) Alzheimer's and dementia training.
(a) Initial requirement.
A person shall 19
complete at least 6 hours of initial training before the person first begins as an entity 20
worker to provide care or support services or have regular contact with a client who 21
has Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
(b) Ongoing requirement.
An entity worker shall complete at least 2 hours of 23
advanced training on caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related 24
dementias during the 2-year period following the time the entity worker completes 25
training under par. (a) and during every 2-year period thereafter.
(1) Current direct care and support service workers.
Notwithstanding s. 3
50.067 (2) (a), a person who as an entity worker, as defined in s. 50.067 (1) (b), 4
provides care or support services or has regular contact with a client who has 5
Alzheimer's disease or dementia on the effective date of this subsection, shall 6
complete at least 6 hours of initial training, as defined in s. 50.067 (1) (c), within 12 7
months after the effective date of this subsection.