Bill Aimed At Strengthening Alzheimer’s Care Services Signed Into Law

State Rep. Matt Willhite

A bill sponsored by State Rep. Matt Willhite (D-District 86) was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, June 18.

CS/HB 835: Alzheimer’s Disease establishes the position of a dementia director within the Department of Elder Affairs. The dementia director will coordinate with other executive agencies to discuss state policies and programs for addressing Alzheimer’s Disease within the State of Florida.

“Over the past several years, I’ve been honored to work with my colleagues in the legislature — especially State Rep. Scott Plakon, the prime co-sponsor, the Alzheimer’s Association and advocates from all across the state — to help the 560,000 Florida families that have been devastated by Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias,” Willhite said. “The legislation that Gov. DeSantis just signed into law will position Florida as a national leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease as we as a state work on innovative ways that we can provide services to Floridians living with this disease and their families.”

CS/HB 835 Alzheimer’s Disease unanimously passed both the legislature and will go into effect on July 1.