Earlier this month, the California Department of Public Health released its report summarizing the work and commitments of the statewide partnership to improve dementia care and end the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. The summary, entitled “Working Together,” includes some background information on the problem of antipsychotic use in nursing homes and the partnership process. But the important part of the summary is a 20-page list of strategies, ideas, and target dates for establishing California as a national leader in the fight for high quality dementia care focused on a least-drugging approach.
The partnership’s approach is primarily focused on education (for long-term care consumers and providers), improving informed consent processes for the use of psychotropic drugs, and enhancing enforcement of federal and state regulatory rules. CANHR will be carefully tracking the implementation of the various strategies and reporting on their progress. We want to make sure that all of the good ideas of the sincerely committed stakeholders who were involved in the partnership are utilized.