senate Bill S4132A

Directs certain commissioners to study and report on the costs to the state of early diagnosis and treatment of autism

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 21 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4132A
  • 09 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Directs the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the commissioner of mental health to study and report the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9014A
Versions:
S4132
S4132A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene

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BILL NUMBER:S4132A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to direct the commissioner of the office for people with develop-
mental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for
the early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum disorder

PURPOSE OF BILL:
To study the costs to the State for the early diagnosis of autism spec-
trum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism
spectrum disorder.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
(a) Project the estimate of future cost to the State associated with the
increased demand for State services that will be needed to accommodate
the tremendous growth in the number of individuals being diagnosed with
autism spectrum disorder

JUSTIFICATION:
1 in 150 children in New York State are diagnosed with autism spectrum
disorder. There are thousands of State residents currently receiving
services for autism spectrum disorders from the office for people with
developmental disabilities long-term residential care. This number has
steadily increased as more children are being diagnosed annually. The
State already has custody or will take custody of these individuals as
they grow older. The long-term impact to the State's treasury must be
assessed immediately in order for funding and planning strategies to
project proper service levels and improve programs for this vulnerable
population. The earlier that autism spectrum disorder is recognized and
treated - the less it will cost in the long run. Most states do not
require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism
treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay
as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of
$50,000 per year in the process; many risk their homes and the
educations of their unaffected children essentially mortgaging their
entire futures.

PRIOR HISTORY:
2010: Referred to Mental Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4132--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 21, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. McDONALD, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health
  and Developmental Disabilities --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on
  Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to direct the commissioner of the office for people with develop-
  mental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for
  the early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum  disor-
  der

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

  Section 1. The commissioner of the office  for  people  with  develop-
mental  disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of
health, the commissioner of the office of children and  family  services
and  the  commissioner  of  mental  health  shall  cause  a  study to be
performed on the costs to the state for the early  diagnosis  of  autism
spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism
spectrum  disorder.   Such study shall include, but not be limited to, a
projected estimate of future cost to the  state  associated  with  state
services  that will be needed to accommodate the growth in the number of
individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  S 2. On or before April 1, 2014, the commissioner of  the  office  for
people  with  developmental disabilities, the commissioner of education,
the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office  of  children
and  family services and the commissioner of mental health shall deliver
a copy of the findings of the study conducted pursuant to section one of
this act and any legislative recommendations  he  or  she  deems  to  be
necessary  to  the  governor, the temporary president of the senate, the
speaker of the assembly, the chair of the  mental  health  and  develop-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06755-04-2

S. 4132--A                          2

mental disabilities committee of the senate, and the chair of the mental
health committee of the assembly.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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