Gov. Scott Walker signs three dementia bills in Green Bay

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has signed three bills designed to help people deal with dementia.

The bills create a county-based dementia crisis unit pilot program; allocate an additional $1 million for the state's Alzheimer's family and caregiver support program; and create state grants for dementia training for county crisis teams.

The bills were part of a 10-proposal dementia package Assembly Republicans developed. That chamber passed the entire package but only three bills made it out of the Senate. Republicans who control that chamber said they were worried about spending too much money.

Walker signed the bills Tuesday afternoon in Green Bay at Options for Independent Living, an organization that helps the elderly and the disabled live on their own.