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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

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  208.856.  Council created, expenses, members, terms, removal. — The Missouri Quality Home Care Council.

  1.  Effective January 31, 2009, the Missouri quality home care council is hereby created to ensure* the availability and improve the quality of home care services by recruiting, training and stabilizing the personal care attendant workforce.  Expenses of the council in carrying out its powers and duties shall be paid from any appropriations for that purpose by the general assembly.  The council shall be assigned to the department of health and senior services with supervision by the department extending only to budgeting and reporting as provided by subdivisions (4) and (5) of subsection 6 of section 1 of the Reorganization Act of 1974.  Supervision by the department shall not extend to matters relating to policies, regulatory functions or other matters specifically delegated to the council by sections 208.850 to 208.871 and the director of the department or any employee of the department, either directly or indirectly, shall not participate or interfere with the activities of the council in any manner not specifically provided by law.

  2.  The council shall consist of eleven members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate as follows:

  (1)  Six members shall be current or former recipients of personal care assistance services under the consumer directed services program, or its successor program or programs.  Two of the consumer members shall have received services for a period of at least one year, two shall have received services for a period of at least two years, and two shall have received services for a period of at least three years.  In order to ensure* that at least one of the consumer members has personal knowledge of challenges rural consumers face, at least one of these members shall be a resident of a third class county;

  (2)  One member shall be a representative of the Missouri department of health and senior services, or its successor entity;

  (3)  Two members shall be representatives of Missouri centers for independent living, or their successor entities;

  (4)  One member shall be a representative of the governor's council on disabilities, or its successor entity;

  (5)  One member shall be a representative of the governor's advisory council on aging, or its successor entity.

  3.  Each member of the council shall serve a term of three years, except the first eleven members who shall serve staggered terms as follows:  three recipient members and the department of health and senior services member shall serve one-year terms, two recipient members and one centers for independent living member shall serve two-year terms, and one recipient member, one centers for independent living member, and the council on disabilities and advisory council on aging members shall serve three-year terms.  The initial members of the council shall be appointed by the governor by March 1, 2009.  If a vacancy occurs, the governor will appoint a replacement for the remainder of the departing member's term.  Commission members shall be eligible for reappointment but shall serve no more than two terms.  In making appointments, the governor shall consider nominations or recommendations from the agencies or groups represented on the council.  Members of the council shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed their actual and necessary expenses.  The governor may remove a council member for good cause.

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(L. 2008 Adopted by Initiative, Proposition B, § 3, November 4, 2008)

*Word "insure" appears in original rolls of Section 3 of Proposition B adopted November 4, 2008.


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