senate Bill S3594A

Establishes the New York state interagency coordinating council for service-disabled veterans, defines the powers and duties of the council, requires an annual report

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  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3594A

Summary

Establishes the New York state interagency coordinating council for service-disabled veterans; defines the powers and duties of the council; requires an annual report by the council to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7260A
Versions:
S3594
S3594A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง369, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7112, A8296A

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BILL NUMBER:S3594A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New York
state interagency coordinating council for service-disabled veterans,
defining the powers and duties of the council and requiring an annual
report by the council to the governor, the temporary president of the
senate and the speaker of the assembly

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would establish a New
York State Interagency coordinating Council for Service-Disabled
Veterans to provide accessible, coordinated, and specialized
services to service disabled veterans from multiple state
and local agencies.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends the Executive Law
by adding a new section 369 to create the New York State Interagency
Coordinating Council for Service-Disabled Veterans.

The Council will include ten agency heads or their designees from the
following agencies: the director of the NYS Division of Veterans'
Affairs who will also serve as chair of this council, the NYS
Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the Division of Housing &
Community Renewal, the Offices of Mental Health, Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services, Aging and the Departments of Health, Labor,
Education and Transportation.

In addition to the agency representatives, the council will include
nine service-disabled veteran representatives appointed by the
Governor and the State Legislature.

Functions of the council would include:

(a) promoting the implementation of a comprehensive statewide program
of coordinated services for service-disabled veterans that includes:
(1) matters pertaining to educational training and retraining
services and facilities, (2) health, medical and rehabilitation
services and facilities, (3) employment and re-employment services,
including small business opportunities, (4) housing options, (5)
transportation options, (6) long term care, (7) personal care, (8)
day program services, (9) family outreach and (10) other essential
services that maximize existing resources and administrative
mechanisms;

(b) disseminating general information about available services to
service-disabled veterans and how such services can be accessed;

(c) receiving complaints in matters affecting service-disabled
veterans and to refer such complaints to the appropriate regulatory
agencies where it deems necessary or appropriate; and

(d) conducting an ongoing evaluation of the needs of service-disabled
veterans.


The Council shall meet quarterly and shall seek to consult with the
federal department of veterans' affairs, specifically with the
network directors of VISN 2 & 3. The Council shall report to the
Governor and State Legislature beginning on or before September 1,
2013 with advisement on policy, legislative recommendations and any
other recommendations improving service delivery and coordination,
reducing duplication and fragmentation and facilitating the most
efficient use of existing resources.

JUSTIFICATION:
There are many veterans returning home from active military duty with
service-related disabilities. This bill would create an interagency
collaboration to identify the needs and services that
service-disabled veterans require and a more efficient matching of
these needs to State resources. New York State must provide
additional assistance and support to service-disabled veterans to
better inform them of available services and how such services can be
accessed.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: A.8296-A/S.7112 - Vetoed Memo 6757
Passed Assembly
2009: A.8296
Espaillat

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
for the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such
effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3594--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Veterans,
  Homeland  Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New
  York  state  interagency  coordinating  council  for  service-disabled
  veterans,  defining the powers and duties of the council and requiring
  an annual report by the council to the governor, the temporary  presi-
  dent of the senate and the speaker of the assembly

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby recognizes  that
New  York  state's veterans, particularly those who suffered service-re-
lated disabilities, have unique needs as a result of the sacrifices they
made during their military service. It is also  hereby  acknowledged  by
the legislature that due to the complexity of their needs, such individ-
uals  require  accessible,  coordinated, and specialized services within
their communities from multiple state and local agencies.  The  legisla-
ture finds that there is an immediate need for a statewide comprehensive
program to coordinate such services.
  S  2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 369 to read
as follows:
  S  369.  NEW  YORK  STATE   INTERAGENCY   COORDINATING   COUNCIL   FOR
SERVICE-DISABLED  VETERANS.  THERE  IS  HEREBY  ESTABLISHED THE NEW YORK
STATE INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS  IN
THE  EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT TO HAVE AND EXERCISE THE FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND
DUTIES PROVIDED  BY  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SECTION  AND  ANY  OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW.
  1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL MEAN:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07647-02-1

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  (A)  "COUNCIL" MEANS THE NEW YORK STATE INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUN-
CIL FOR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS;
  (B)  "VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS STATE,
WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY, NAVAL,  OR  AIR  SERVICE  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES  DURING  A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES ENGAGED AND WHO
HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM  SUCH  SERVICE  OTHERWISE  THAN  BY  DISHONORABLE
DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE; AND
  (C)  "SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN" MEANS A VETERAN WITH A DISABILITY THAT
WAS INCURRED OR AGGRAVATED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE  ACTIVE  MILITARY,
NAVAL, OR AIR SERVICE.
  2.  THE  COUNCIL  SHALL  CONSIST  OF THE FOLLOWING TEN AGENCY HEADS OR
THEIR DESIGNEES: DIRECTOR OF THE  DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'  AFFAIRS,  WHO
SHALL  SERVE  AS CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL, THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE DIVI-
SION OF MILITARY AND NAVAL AFFAIRS, THE COMMISSIONER OF  THE  DEPARTMENT
OF  HEALTH, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  SERVICES,  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVI-
SION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT  OF  TRANSPORTATION,  AND
THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING. IN ADDITION, THE COUNCIL SHALL
CONSIST  OF NINE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS, THREE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE
GOVERNOR, TWO TO BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE  SENATE,
TWO  TO BE APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, ONE TO BE APPOINTED
BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE AND ONE  TO  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE
MINORITY  LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY. THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL SHALL SERVE
TERMS OF TWO  YEARS;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  OF  THE  MEMBERS  FIRST
APPOINTED,  THE  MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR SHALL SERVE FOR TERMS
OF THREE YEARS AND THE REMAINING MEMBERS, APPOINTED BY  THE  LEGISLATIVE
LEADERS,  SHALL  SERVE  FOR  TERMS  OF TWO YEARS. MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT  SHALL  BE  ALLOWED
THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR
FUNCTIONS HEREUNDER.
  3. THE COUNCIL SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS AND DUTIES:
  (A) TO PROMOTE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE STATEWIDE PROGRAM
OF COORDINATED SERVICES FOR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS THAT INCLUDES: (1)
MATTERS  PERTAINING  TO EDUCATIONAL TRAINING AND RETRAINING SERVICES AND
FACILITIES, (2) HEALTH, MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION SERVICES AND  FACILI-
TIES, (3) EMPLOYMENT AND RE-EMPLOYMENT SERVICES INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES, (4) HOUSING OPTIONS, (5) TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS, (6) LONG
TERM  CARE,  (7)  PERSONAL  CARE,  (8)  DAY PROGRAM SERVICES, (9) FAMILY
OUTREACH AND  (10)  OTHER  ESSENTIAL  SERVICES  THAT  MAXIMIZE  EXISTING
RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATIVE MECHANISMS;
  (B)  TO  DISSEMINATE  GENERAL  INFORMATION ABOUT AVAILABLE SERVICES TO
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS AND HOW SUCH SERVICES CAN BE ACCESSED;
  (C) TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS IN MATTERS AFFECTING SERVICE-DISABLED VETER-
ANS AND TO REFER SUCH COMPLAINTS TO THE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY  AGENCIES
WHERE IT DEEMS NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE; AND
  (D)  TO CONDUCT AN ONGOING EVALUATION OF THE NEEDS OF SERVICE-DISABLED
VETERANS.
  4. THE COUNCIL SHALL MEET AS NECESSARY TO  CARRY  OUT  ITS  FUNCTIONS,
POWERS  AND  DUTIES,  BUT  SUCH  MEETINGS SHALL OCCUR AT LEAST ONCE EACH
QUARTER. FURTHERMORE, THE COUNCIL SHALL SEEK TO CONSULT WITH THE NETWORK
DIRECTORS OF THE VETERANS INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORKS, VISN 2  AND  VISN
3.
  5.  THE  COUNCIL SHALL PROVIDE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE  ASSEMBLY  ON  OR  BEFORE

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SEPTEMBER  FIRST  OF EACH YEAR, BEGINNING IN TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN. SUCH
REPORT SHALL SUMMARIZE THE COUNCIL'S ACTIVITY DURING THE PREVIOUS FISCAL
YEAR AND DETAILING LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS APPROPRIATE TO EFFECTUATE
THE  PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, AND ANY OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROV-
ING SERVICE DELIVERY AND COORDINATION, REDUCING DUPLICATION AND FRAGMEN-
TATION AND FACILITATING THE MOST EFFICIENT USE  OF  EXISTING  RESOURCES.
SUCH  REPORT SHALL ALSO INCLUDE A PROPOSED AGENDA CONSISTING OF SPECIFIC
ISSUES THAT THE COUNCIL PLANS TO ADDRESS DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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