This bill enhances and improves the Department of Corrections' Supervised Community Confinement Policy contained in the Department of Corrections' rule Chapter
10, subsection 27.2. The bill provides guidelines for the use of supervised community confinement for assisted living and nursing facility levels of care in licensed facilities in the community and for home care provided by licensed professionals for clients in the custody of the Department of Corrections. The bill provides for assessment of medical and social needs of clients using the Medicaid eligibility assessment. The bill requires the department to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop licensed units in correctional facilities, to provide long-term and assisted living and nursing facility levels of care in licensed facilities in the community, to encourage licensed community facilities to accept clients as residents and to work with care service providers in the community to allow clients qualifying for care in the community to live at home under Department of Corrections supervision. The bill requires the department to provide training to licensed facilities in the community regarding the specific needs of clients committed to the department. The bill requires data collection and reporting to assess progress over time.