SB 0225 Creates the Department of Health and Senior Services and transfers the duties of Division of Aging to new department
LR Number:0970S.02P Fiscal Note:0970-02
Committee:Aging, Families and Mental Health
Last Action:05/18/01 - 003 S Calendar S Bills for Third Reading (In BC) Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 225
Effective Date:Emergency Clause
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 225 - This act creates the Department of Health and Senior Services within Chapter 192, RSMo, to supervise all public health functions and programs. As of July 1, 2001, all of the duties of the Division of Aging, under Chapter 660, RSMo, will be transferred to the new Department. All references to the oversight of the Division of Aging by the Department of Social Services have been transferred to the Department of Health and Senior Services. Section 660.060 confirms that all authority, powers, duties, etc. of the Division of Aging will transfer to the Department of Health and Senior Services.

State support of federally qualified health centers (FQHC) is authorized. A new Section 660.026 allows the Department of Social Services to contract with and provide funding support to all FQHCs in Missouri. Such funds will be used by FQHCs for health care to underserved populations, for capital expenditures when federal funds are not available, and for other services such as dental care and mental health services. (SA 1) This portion is identical to SB 99 (2001).

Section 660.062 creates the State Board of Senior Services to consist of seven members. No more than four members may be from the same political party. Each member will serve a four- year term, after the first appointees, with a two-term limit. Certain members must specialize in gerontology, geriatrics, nutrition, rehabilitation, and mental health. The Board will advise the Department on rules, budget issues, planning and operation.

This act is substantially similar to SB 955 (2000) and TAT SCS/HB 603 (2001). The act contains an emergency clause.