Veterans Health Care Advisory Council
Active dates:November, 2007 - 2013
Function: The Council's duties include, but are not limited to:
Developing a new vision and strategic plan for the veterans homes that complements the Department of Veterans Affair's overall veterans service programs;
Providing recommendations and advice on matters such as clinical performance and system-wide quality improvement efforts, the culture and working environment of the veterans homes, and other operational and organizational functions of the veterans homes;
Studying and reviewing current issues and trends in the long term care industry and the veterans community;
Providing recommendations to the Commissioner on alternative options for the delivery of long term care to veterans so that veterans and their families can determine appropriate services under models similar to those available in the community;
Establishing, as appropriate, subcommittees or ad hoc task forces of Council members, stakeholders and other individuals with expertise or experience to address specific issues; and f. Reviewing and providing advice on any other matters at the request of the Commissioner.
The Governor's Veterans Long Term Care Advisory Commission recommended in its final report in 2007 that an advisory board be created to continue to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with advice and recommendations from professionals experienced in providing quality long term care and individuals familiar with the current and anticipated future needs of veterans.
The Council expired June 30, 2013.
The Veterans Health Care Advisory Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for the Council to be repealed and 2014 Minn. Laws Chap. 286 Art. 1 Sec. 5 contained the repeal.
The Council shall be comprised of nine public members appointed by the Governor and as follows: seven members with extensive expertise in health care delivery, long-term care, and/or veterans services; one licensed clinician (a physician, physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner); one additional member; the Governor will designate one member to serve as chair.
Members will serve at the pleasure of the Governor and the Governor will fill any vacancies. Members will not receive per diem payments or compensation. Members may receive payment of authorized expenses pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 15.0593. Authorized expenses will be paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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