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presented by Margaretha Vreeburg Izzo Ph.D., The Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University, Program Director – Special Education/Transition Services

Target Audience

Executive directors and staff of centers for independent living involved in the youth transition process.

Registration

The registration fee is $75.00 per site. This is not a per participant fee; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate in the webinar or teleconference (single dial-in only). ALL CILs and SILCs are encouraged to participate in this important training.

You may participate via webinar (through your computer) or via teleconference. When you register, you will be given the option to pick either Webinar or Teleconference. Register for the training.

About the Training

This year, the New Community Opportunities Center at ILRU is offering three webinars on the role of the CIL in facilitating and advancing successful youth transition. In the first event, “Youth Taking Charge of Their Own Transition: The Role of CILs,” our presenter will provide participants with strategies on how CILs can use existing services they provide for all populations to support youth in transition.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this on-demand training, participants will have knowledge and resources, which will enable them to:

  • Describe tools and strategies for self-assessment of student’s needs, interests, and preferences
  • Assist the student with developing an Independent Living Plan that enables the youth to describe and take charge of their transition process
  • Through peer mentoring, support students to gain the independent living and advocacy skills necessary for them to achieve their goals
  • Identify other resources available to youth and young adults that can support them in achieving their goals

About the Presenter

Margaretha Vreeburg Izzo Ph.D.

Dr. Margo Vreeburg Izzo is Research Associate and Program Manager for the Special Education and Transition area at the Nisonger Center, a University Center of Excellence on Disabilities at the Ohio State University. Margo has extensive experience with grant management, program evaluation, and political advocacy. Currently, Margo is the Principal Investigator of two federally-funded education grants designed to improve the academic outcomes of students with disabilities at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Margo has also developed educational curricula for students with disabilities and their parents, conducted numerous trainings, focus groups, and interviews with teachers and students, managed the development of websites, videocassettes, and other dissemination products including a national teleconference, and has published numerous articles, papers, and information briefs on disability and transition issues.

PowerPoint Presentation and Other Resources:

  • PowerPoint presentation (PPT file) coming
  • PowerPoint presentation (Accessible HTML file) coming

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Presented by the New Community Opportunities Center, a national training and technical assistance project of ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization. Support for the webinar was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration under grant number H400B100003. No official endorsement of the Department of Education should be inferred.

Index of On-Demand Trainings

Mar 07

These weekly alerts will contain summaries of committee action that would be of interest to the disability community.  The complete calendar will not be found here, I have provided a link for that, but you will find highlights of the week’s activities for specific committees.

Link to Vermont Legislative Committee Page
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/Committee01.cfm
Thanks to Nick Stanton of Disability Rights Vermont for Legislative
Update.

** IMPORTANT **
The public hearing on health care reform scheduled for 6:00 PM Monday, March 7 has been CANCELLED due to weather.
It has been rescheduled for next Monday evening, March 14, 6:00-8:00 PM (same time), at all the VIT sites.
Posted 3/7/2011

HOUSE COMMITTEES
Summary
House Appropriations will be reviewing and marking up the Human Services section of the Governor’s Proposed FY2012 State Budget.   Education will hold a public hearing on Governance Structure on Wednesday at 5:30pm in Room 11.  On Thursday morning Corrections and Institutions will take testimony on Vermont Housing and Conservation section of the Capitol Bill.  Health Care will hold a public hearing on single payer legislation on Monday evening at 6 on Vermont Interactive Television.   Human Services will mark up and vote on an act relating to palliative and hospice care.  Wednesday is Mental Health Advocacy Day. They are holding a joint hearing at 9:30am at Room 11.  Transportation is working on the Transportation Bill.  Ways and Means will be looking at the provider tax and other tax structure.

Appropriations
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
9:30 AM                      Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up – Human Services Sections

2:30 PM                       Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
9:30 AM                      Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up – Human Services Sections

1:15 PM                       Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up

Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:45 AM                      Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up – Human Services Sections

1:15 PM                       Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up

Friday, March 11, 2011
8:45 AM                      Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up – Human Services Sections

1:00 PM     Governor’s Proposed FY 2012 State Budget
Mark-up

Corrections and Institutions
Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:30 AM    11-0879 – An act relating to capital construction and state bonding
Capital Bill FY12 – Section 22 – Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

15 Minutes after Floor
Joint Meeting with Senate Institutions Committee
In Reference to the Health Lab
Room 11
Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services
Wanda Minoli, Principal Assistant to the Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services
Dave Burley, Regional Director, Department of Buildings & General Services
Michael Kuhn, Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services
John Ostrum, Buildings Engineer

Education
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
10:00 AM                    Floor Convenes

After the floor               Principals and mentoring
Marta Cambra will name someone from the licensing staff at the Dept. of Education to also testify.
Joseph Teegarden, Director, Green Mountain Technical Career Center
Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

11:30   H. 71 – An act relating to counseling for students possessing weapons on school property
Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-071.pdf

Noon or 1:15               Caucus

After caucus                 Act 153
Effective date for supervisory union duties

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
1:00 PM                       Floor Convenes

5:30 PM      Governance Structure for Education
Public hearing in room 11 from 5:30 to 7:30.  Those who wish to testify must sign up in person in room 11 before 6 pm

Government Operations
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2:30 PM    H. 73 – An act relating to establishing a government transparency office to enforce the public records act
Mark-up
Michael O’Grady, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Council
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-073.pdf

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
9:00 AM                      H. 99 – An act relating to vital records
Mark-up
Michael O’Grady, Legislative Counsel, Legislative Council
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-099.pdf

11:00 AM H. 232 – An act relating to authorizing award of funds to the poor or indigent in executive session of a public body
Introduction
Rep. John L. Bartholomew
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-232.pdf

Health Care
Monday, March 7, 2011
6:00 PM     H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Public Hearing, Statewide, Vermont Interactive Television, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
http://www.vitlink.org

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
9:30 AM  H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
(Miller, 11:00, by phone)
Marvin Malek MD, Formerly of, People’s Health and Wellness Clinic, Barre (9:30 AM)
Robert Davis, Vermont Acupuncture Association (9:45 AM)
Peter Taylor, Executive Director, Vermont Dental Society (10:00 AM)
James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management (10:15 AM)
Jim Miller, Vice President of Policy and Strategy Management, Policy Study, Inc. (11:00 AM)
Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Cancer Society (11:15 AM
Donna Sutton Fay, Chittenden County Field Staff, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security (11:30 AM)
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman (11:45 AM)

12:00 PM                     Caucus

1:15 PM                       Caucus

2:00 PM                       H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Afternoon testimony is in Room 41.
Michael Dworkin, Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School (2:00 PM)
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (2:00 PM)
Denis Barton, Director of Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association (3:00 PM)
David Sichel, Deputy Director of Group Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns (3:30 PM)
Peg Franzen, President, Vermont Workers’ Center (3:45 PM)
Michael O’Connor, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (4:00 PM)
Elaine Erenrich-Rosenburg, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America/New England Chapter (4:15 PM)3:45 PM
H. 231 – An act relating to a study of the workers’ compensation program, health care coverage, and a single-payer health care system
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-231.pdf

(Same as above)
Peg Franzen, President, Vermont Workers’ Center

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
8:30 AM                      TBA

8:45 AM                      H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Bernie Noe ND, Naturopathic Physician, Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians (8:45 AM)
Craig Jones, Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health (9:00 AM)
Tim Johnson, Vermont Optometric Association (10:00 AM)
Ellen Oxfeld, Middlebury (10:15 AM)
Vicki Axtell, Trapp Family Lodge (10:30 AM)
Chris Maley, Vermont Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers) (10:45 AM)
Becky Hale (10:45 AM)
Others TBA (11:00 AM)
Others TBA (11:15 AM)
Elizabeth Wennar, CEO, United Health Alliance, Bennington (11:30 AM)

1:00 PM    H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer
and unified health system
Melinda Estes, President and CEO, Fletcher Allen Health Care (1:00 PM)
Claudio Fort, President, North Country Health System, Newport (1:25 PM)
Kevin Goddard, President, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont (1:45 PM)
Don George, President and CEO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont (2:00 PM)
Rob Penney MD, President, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians (2:15 PM)
Others TBA (2:30 PM)
Others TBA (2:45 PM)
Marty Irons, Vermont Pharmacists Association (3:00 PM)
Others TBA (3:15 PM)

Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:30 AM                      H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Committee markup 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

1:00 PM                       H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Committee markup 1:00-5:00 PM

Friday, March 11, 2011
8:30 AM                      H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Committee markup 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

1:00 PM                       H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Committee markup

H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-202.pdf

Human Services
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
10:00 AM                    FLOOR

15 Mins. after Adj.       Governor’s Proposed FY2012 State Budget
Committee Discussion re:  Finalize recommendations

12:00 PM                     Lunch & Caucuses

2:30 PM                       Governor’s Proposed FY2012 State Budget
Committee Discussion re:  Finalize recommendations

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
8:30 AM                      Benefits Modernization Weekly Monitoring from Economic Services
Richard Giddings, Field Service Director, Department for Children and Families

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Mental Health Advocacy
Joint Hearing in room 11 in the State House

10:45 AM    H. 202 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Robin Lunge, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

1:00 PM                       FLOOR

15 Mins. after Adj.       H. 201 – An act relating to hospice and palliative care
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-201.pdf
Committee Discussion/Mark-Up
Cindy Bruzzese, Director, Vermont Ethics Network
Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Dan Manz, EMS Chief, Vermont Department of Health
Angel Means, Director, VNA – End of Life Care Program

4:30 PM                       Adjourn

Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:30 AM                      H. 201 – An act relating to hospice and palliative care
Committee Discussion/Mark-Up

10:15 AM                    15 Minute Break

10:30 AM    H. 201 – An act relating to hospice and palliative care
Vote

1:00 PM                       FLOOR

15 Mins. after Adj.       H. 97 – An act relating to early childhood educators
Stephen Dale, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families
Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board

4:30 PM                       Adjourn

Ways and Means
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
8:30 AM                      Property Taxes
Subcommittee Report
Mark Perrault, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

After                            Tax Expenditures
Subcommittee Report
Sara Teachout, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

9:30 AM                      Provider Tax
Robin Lunge, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Susan Besio, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) (10:00 AM)
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society (11:00 AM)

1:00 PM                       House Convenes

3:00 PM                       Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission Report
Win Smith, President, Sugarbush Resort

Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:45 AM                      Provider Tax
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Senate Committees
Appropriations committee is taking testimony from various departments on the proposed FY2012 budget this week. Government Operations is taking testimony on the open meeting law(S.67) and campaign financing.  Health and Welfare is taking testimony on act relating to involuntary medication on Wednesday morning.  The committee is also taking testimony on S.57, an act relating to single payer and a unified health system Tuesday and Friday morning.
Finance is taking testimony on an act relating to the prohibition of fee schedules for uncovered dental services in a dental insurance plan.   Judiciary will mark up S.30,an act relating to enhancing the penalty for assault of a nurse.

Appropriation
(highlights)
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
1:30 PM        FY 2012 Governor’s Proposed Budget
Agency of Commerce and Community Development–Overview/Administration
Lawrence Miller, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Katheran Fisher, Business Manager

2:15 PM               FY 2012  Governor’s Proposed Budget
Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development
Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development
Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development

Education
Committee report was not available on 3/7.

Finance
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
1:30 p.m.    S. 55 – An act relating to the prohibition of fee schedules for uncovered dental services in a dental insurance plan
The Committee will schedule bills subject to bill “crossover” throughout the week; Bill Review and Testimony
Sean Londergan, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-055.pdf

2:30 p.m.
S. 53 – An act relating to the number of pre-kindergarten
children included within a school district’s average daily membership
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-053.pdf

Government Operations
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
1:30 PM      S. 67 – An act relating to the open meeting law
Robert D’Orazio, Citizen
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-067.pdf

3:00 PM                       Break

3:15 PM    S. 20 – An act relating to financing campaigns for elected office
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-020.pdf
review draft

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
1:30 PM                       Overview
New cost of living Index for retirees
Sen. Randy Brock

2:00 PM      S. 20 – An act relating to financing campaigns for elected office

3:00 PM                       Break

3:15 PM      S. 20 – An act relating to financing campaigns for elected office

Thursday, March 10, 2011
1:30 PM     S. 17 – An act relating to medical marijuana dispensaries
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-017.pdf

3:00 PM                       Break

3:15 PM    S. 17 – An act relating to medical marijuana dispensaries

Health and Welfare
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
9:30 AM                      Senate Floor

10:30 AM   S. 57 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system
Anya Rader Wallack, Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Care, Governor’s Office
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-057.pdf

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
8:00 AM                      Committee Discussion & Organization

8:30 AM       S. 88 – An act relating to involuntary medication
Kasey Bryan, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Katina Cummings, Executive Director, NAMI VT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-088.pdf

9:30 AM                      Mental Health Services Joint with House Human Services, Room 11
Floyd Nease, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Mental Health

11:00 AM                    Prescribed Products Disclosure Law
Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:30 AM                      Medicaid Budget
Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

9:30 AM        S. 57 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system- Health Benefit Exchange and Insurance Market Issues
Joshua Slen, Senior Consultant, Bailit Health Purchasing
Cliff Peterson, Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Friday, March 11, 2011
8:30 AM        S. 57 – An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system- Health Reform Board
Michael Dworkin, Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
Stuart Altman PhD, Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University- via phone
Robert Murray, Chair, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)- via phone

Judiciary
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
10:30 a.m.        Justice Reinvestment
Update:  Justice Center, Misdemeanors, Facility Switch
Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

12:00 p.m.                    Adjourn

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
9:00 a.m.       S. 30 – An act relating to enhancing the penalty for assault of a nurse
Matthew Choate
Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General’s Office
James Mongeon, Executive Director, Department of State’s Attorneys, Sheriffs & Special Investigators
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-030.pdf

10:00 a.m.                    Break

10:15 a.m.    S. 30 – An act relating to enhancing the penalty for assault of a nurse
Mark up Bill

11:00 a.m.    S. 16 – An act relating to confidentiality of cases accepted by the court diversion project
Mark up
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-016.pdf
Thursday, March 10,2011
10:30 a.m.                    Child Support Committee Bill
Walk through
Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Transportation
Thursday, March 10, 2011
9:00 AM                      Amtrak Issues
Brian Searles, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Transportation

10:00 AM                    New Commuter Service – CCTA
Hinesburg -Burlington service
Aaron Frank, Assistant General Manager, Chittenden Country Transportation Authority
Meredith Birkett, Acting General Manager, Chittenden County Transportation Authority
Michele Boomhower, Executive Director, Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Gubernatorial appointment of the Secretary of Education and the structure of the State Board of Education Montpelier VT
The House Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Room 11 at the State House regarding the issue of a gubernatorial appointment of the Secretary of Education and the structure of the State Board of Education. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. Those who wish to appear and make comments must sign up in person before 6:00 p.m. on the night of the hearing.

Bills introduced before the Town Meeting break.
H 274 An act relating to patient choice and control at end of life
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-274.pdf
This bill proposes to allow, subject to appropriate safeguards, a mentally competent person diagnosed as having less than six months to live to request a prescription,which, if taken, would hasten the dying process.

H 290 AN ACT RELATING TO ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-290.pdf
This bill proposes to require the secretary of human services to adopt rules governing the implementation of the statutory responsibilities of the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living, division of licensing and protection, with respect to adult protective services.

H 265 AN ACT RELATING TO ASSAULT OF A HEALTH CARE WORKER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-265.pdf
This bill proposes to enhance the penalties for assault of a health care worker.

H 236 AN ACT RELATING TO LIMITATION OF PROSECUTIONS FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-236.pdf
This bill proposes to change from three years to six years the statute of limitations period for a prosecution for sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult.

H 235 AN ACT RELATING TO WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-235.pdf
This bill proposes to authorize the commissioner of disabilities, aging, and independent living to award grants to persons with disabilities for the purpose of providing financial assistance for expenses related to making a motor vehicle wheelchair-accessible.

H 215: AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE SERVICES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-215.pdf
This bill proposes to require the department of corrections to conduct a feasibility study and cost-savings analysis for creating a system to provide comprehensive health care services to inmates housed within the state and eliminate the need to contract out for these services.

H 205 – AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-205.pdf
This bill proposes to provide additional protections for psychiatric patients requiring transportation with physical restraints.

H 204 AN ACT RELATING TO PROMOTING POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS IN SCHOOLS, REDUCING THE USE OF PHYSICAL RESTRAINT, AND PROHIBITING THE USE OF OTHER BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-204.pdf
This bill proposes to promote positive behavioral intervention and supports in schools, reduce the use of physical restraint, and prohibit the use of mechanical, chemical, and prone physical restraint and seclusion as methods of addressing challenging student behavior.

H 203 AN ACT RELATING TO PROBABLE CAUSE HEARINGS FOR MENTAL HEALTH ADMISSIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-203.pdf
This bill proposes to require a probable cause hearing after a person is admitted to a hospital involuntarily as a person in need of mental health treatment.

H 198 AN ACT RELATING TO A TRANSPORTATION POLICY TO ACCOMMODATE ALL USERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-198.pdf
Proposes to modify Vermont’s transportation policy to require that the needs of all users of Vermont’s transportation system—including motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users, and  pedestrians of all ages and abilities—be considered and accommodated in state and locally managed transportation projects.

H.180 AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZING MOTOR VEHICLE USE ON STATE LANDS FOR HUNTING BY SENIOR CITIZENS OR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-180.pdf
This bill proposes to allow the use of motor vehicles on state forest or park roads in order to allow hunting or fishing by a person who is 65 years of age or older or who has a handicap or disability.

H ,179 AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING THE STATE TO PAY FOR 100 PERCENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPENDITURES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-179.pdf
Proposes to require that 100 percent of special education expenditures be paid at the state level from the education fund.

H. 129 AN ACT RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-129.pdf

This bill proposes to allow an advanced practice registered nurse to participate in the admission and examination of an individual for mental health treatment.
H. 82 AN ACT RELATING TO A VERMONT HOSPITAL SECURITY PLAN
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-082.pdf
This bill would provide access to and coverage for health services provided in hospitals. It would establish a global hospital budget for the state and an individual hospital budget for each hospital in the state and create a Vermont hospital security trust fund from which a negotiated payment would be made to each hospital for health services provided. The bill would require health insurers to disclose to the department of banking,insurance, securities, and health care administration the rates they negotiate with providers and would direct the department to post the information on its website. It would make medical malpractice claims subject to arbitration, establish a loan repayment program for primary care providers and for health professionals practicing exclusively in Vermont hospitals, and direct the secretary of human services to seek waivers and exemptions from federal law as necessary to implement the Vermont hospital security plan

H 79 AN ACT RELATING TO UNIFORM ADULT GUARDIANSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS JURISDICTION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-079.pdf
This bill proposes to enact the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act in Vermont. The act establishes which state has jurisdiction to make the initial guardianship decision, provides for transfer of guardianship cases between jurisdictions, and allows recognition of an out-of-state guardian’s authority to deal with issues in the state on a limited basis.

H – 59  An act relating to unfair housing practices
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-059.pdf
Proposes to prohibit discrimination in land use decisions or the permitting of developments because a proposed development contains affordable housing units.

H 46 AN ACT RELATING TO YOUTH ATHLETES WITH CONCUSSIONS PARTICIPATING IN ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/summary.cfm?Bill=H.0046&Session=2012
This bill proposes to ensure that a youth athlete suffering or suspected to be suffering from a concussion or other head injury does not participate in school athletic activities until the student has received an examination by and written permission to participate from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other head injuries

H 39 AN ACT RELATING TO ADVANCE DIRECTIVES FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-039.pdf
Proposes to recognize a U.S. Department of Defense document as an acceptable advance directive for service members

H 37 COVERAGE FOR TELEMEDICINE SERVICE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-037.pdf
Proposes to require all health plans, including Medicaid, to cover telemedicine services

H. 7 AN ACT RELATING TO APPOINTMENTS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-007.pdf
This bill proposes to require that the mental health oversight committee be composed of members from both chambers and that appointments be made by the standing committees having jurisdiction over mental health legislation.

H.4 AN ACT RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-004.pdf
This bill proposes to clarify the definitions of inpatient and residential hospitalization for the purpose of mental health hospital admissions and require that a clinical determination of the need for either inpatient or residential hospitalization occur prior to admission

H.3  AN ACT RELATING TO PROHIBITING USE OF TASERS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED TRAINING FOR INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-003.pdf
This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from carrying or using an electronic control device, commonly known as a Taser, until the officer has completed the Vermont criminal justice training council’s “Act 80” training for interacting with people experiencing a mental health crisis

H.1. AN ACT RELATING TO CHALLENGES FOR CHANGE OUTCOMES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-001.pdf
This bill proposes to amend the challenges for change agency of human services outcomes so that an outcome that applies to elders and families will also apply to persons with disabilities, mental health needs, or substance abuse issues

Legislative Review- Senate

S 66 AN ACT RELATING TO ASSAULT OF A HEALTH CARE WORKER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-066.pdf
This bill proposes to enhance the penalties for assault of a health care worker.

S 30 An act relating to enhancing the penalty for assault of a nurse
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-030.pdf
This bill proposes to increase the penalty for assault of a nurse so that the offense is always a felony rather than a misdemeanor

S 19 AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED VETERANS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-019.pdf
This bill proposes to increase the property tax exemption for disabled veterans from $10,000.00 to $40,000.00

S.17 AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-017.pdf
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to permit the establishment of two nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries in the state for the purpose of providing medical marijuana for symptom relief to registered patients who have a debilitating medical condition. The dispensaries will be licensed and regulated by the department of public safety

S.12 AN ACT RELATING TO ADDING A MEMBER FROM THE AREA AGENCIES ON AGING TO THE GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-012.pdf
This bill proposes to add a member from the area agencies on aging to the governor’s commission on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

S.4 AN ACT RELATING TO EXPANDING THE REVIEW POWER OF THE SECRETARY OF HUMAN SERVICES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/S-004.pdf
This bill proposes to expand the power of the secretary of the agency of human services to review and, when called for, modify or reverse human services board decisions

Mar 03

The Department of Jus­tice published revised final regulations imple­menting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine is­sues that have arisen over the past 20 years and con­tain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”).

Mar 03

Accessible parking is enforced in Vermont.

The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Vermont, issued a press release on Friday regarding resolved accessible parking complaints with the Morrisville Shopping Plaza and Johnson Grand Union.