Missouri State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In 2009, the Missouri General Assembly established the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force through passage of HB 272. Responsible for assessing the challenges posed by Alzheimer’s disease within the state, the Task Force included representatives from state agencies, health care providers, and community organizations as well as caregivers, state legislators, an individual living with Alzheimer’s, and the lieutenant governor. After collecting public input regarding community frustrations, concerns, and advice on dealing with this disease, the Task Force presented the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan, published in November 2010.
Over the course of 2022, the Task Force convened and released an updated Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force Report and Recommendations. After collecting public input from eight community forums, the Task Force identified four focus areas with strategies for the state to address the growing crisis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia. The State Plan includes recommendations for advancing risk reduction, early detection, and timely diagnosis; increasing access to care, support, and treatment; improving quality of care; and ensuring a coordinated statewide response.
Missouri 2024 Policy Priorities
Establish a Dementia Services Coordinator Position
Numerous agencies in Missouri administer a variety of programs that are critical to people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. But these agencies currently work separately from each other, hindering Missouri’s ability to effectively evaluate and coordinate dementia-related services. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to establish a full-time state agency position, commonly referred to as the Dementia Services Coordinator. This position will coordinate Missouri’s response to dementia by assessing implementation of the Alzheimer’s State Plan and current needs of the state, identifying gaps in existing services and programs, and recommending strategies and policies to better serve Missourians living with dementia.
Reestablish the Alzheimer’s State Task Plan Force
Following tremendous advocacy, state lawmakers passed legislation establishing the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force in 2009 and 2022. Following a public input period, the Task Force published the Missouri State Alzheimer’s Plan in 2023. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to reestablish the Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force, allowing for annual updates to the existing state plan and development of a new state plan every five years. Reestablishing the Task Force will enable Missouri to effectively oversee implementation and synthesize successes and failures to inform the development of future state plan updates, all while supporting the evolving needs of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.
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State Affairs Contact: Catherine Roehl
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Missouri
Missourians are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Missouri needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Missouri
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Missouri policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.