Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Senator Fuschillo Votes for Autism Insurance Reform Law

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) votes to enact an autism insurance reform law which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsored, has been passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly.

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June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE VOTES TO HELP FAMILIES WITH AUTISM

Treatments Will Be Covered By Insurance

State Senator Patty Ritchie said a bill (S4005A) she cosponsored that was passed by the Senate today will insure that families with autistic children will have their treatments covered by insurance.

“It’s outrageous that families have been told that their insurance will not cover therapeutic care, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am proud that I was able to vote to insure that families will no longer be discriminated against if they have a family member with autism spectrum disorder when they buy or renew health insurance.”

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY TO ASSIST IN LOCATING MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

 ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create a clearinghouse for information and alert system to find missing and vulnerable adults passed the State Senate today. “This is a significant piece of legislation, because it has the potential to save lives,” Senator Valesky, who serves as Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, said. “The faster families and law enforcement can act in disseminating information about missing vulnerable adults, the faster resources can be dispatched and loved ones can be located.”  The legislation (S.3293b) would build upon the previously established statewide Amber Alert system used by law enforcement to alert the public to missing children.

June 16, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 6, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM
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ADDABBO ANNOUNCES BILL THAT ELIMINATES OFFENSIVE TERMINOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Awaits Governor’s Decision; Highlights Bill that Employs Individuals with Developmental Disabilities   Queens, NY, May 24, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P.

May 24, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 23, 2011 Room 124 Cap

May 23, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Seward Announces Williams Syndrome Awareness Week

COOPERSTOWN, 05/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state senate recently approved a special legislative resolution he sponsored calling on the governor to proclaim May 8 – 14 as Williams Syndrome Awareness Week in the State of New York. 

“Williams syndrome is a relatively unknown genetic disorder, yet it affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide,” said Senator Seward.  “Generating public awareness about Williams syndrome is an important step in supporting patients who suffer from the disorder, along with their families, improving care and advancing future research.”

May 9, 2011
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Faces of Autism: An Educational Forum

Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center 

 

• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention

• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism

• Share stories of frustration, joy and hope

• Make connections with other parents 

 

Translators will be available at the event.

May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 4, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Senator Rivera Recognizes Autism Awareness Month, Announces Support for Autism Insurance Legislation

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) recognized Autism Awareness Month and announced his support for legislation that would provide screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, help to end discriminatory practices impacting New Yorkers. Since being elected, Senator Rivera has visited with organizations that provide critical services for children and families impacted by autism in the Bronx, including Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), the Bronx Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Council and Unique People Services.

April 28, 2011
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Mental Health Committee Nominates OPWDD Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission on Qaulity of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilites

Albany  – Senator Roy McDonald announced that the Senate Mental Health Committee approved two nominations, one for the Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and for the Chairman on the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, on Monday April 11, 2011.

April 12, 2011
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4/11/2011: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Confirmation of Courtney E. Burke as Commissioner of the New York State Office of People with Developmemtal Disabilities

April 11, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 11, 2011 Room 124 CAP

*THIS IS A REVISED AGENDA* Please note date, time & location change for this meeting. The Committee will consider the following nominations: Courtney E. Burke as Commissioner of the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (TO APPEAR) Roger Bearden as Member and Chair of the State on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (TO APPEAR)

April 11, 1:00 PM - 1:24 PM
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Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011
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LI Herald: Legislator wants autism treatments covered

March 23, 2011

by David Weingrad

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican from Merrick, has introduced legislation to ensure that people with autism receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Currently, those with autism are routinely denied insurance benefits for the treatment of their disorder, forcing their families to pay for costly treatments.

March 23, 2011
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March 21, 2011
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