senate Bill S4466A

Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4466A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.143
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Feb / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE

Summary

Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7806
Versions:
S4466
S4466A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Alcoholism And Drug Abuse
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19.07, Ment Hyg L

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BILL NUMBER:S4466A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining the scope of
responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
services regarding recovery services for veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill would
require OASAS to collaborate with the Division of Veteran Affairs and
the Office of Mental Health to ensure that specialized addiction and
mental health services are available to New York State's Veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation defines the scope
of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
services regarding recovery services for veterans.

JUSTIFICATION:

Through their service, many military personnel were exposed to or have
experienced trauma, placing many of them in high risk categories for
triggering underlying conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse or other mental health conditions.
According to the Mental Health Association of NYC (MHA-NYC), veterans
are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse. In New
York, programs which are certified by the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services treated nearly 14,000 veterans for alcohol
or substance abuse in the past year, but, the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that
approximately 75,000 New York veterans suffer from alcoholism or
chemical dependence.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after is shall have become a law, with provisions.

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

                                 4466--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug  Abuse
  -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit-
  tee   on  Finance  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law,  in  relation  to  defining  the
  scope  of  responsibilities  of the office of alcoholism and substance
  abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans

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

  Section  1.  Section  19.07  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES SHALL  PERI-
ODICALLY,  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS:
(1) REVIEW THE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE OFFICE TO ENSURE THAT THE  NEEDS
OF  THE STATE'S VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES AND WHO ARE
RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE  ARE  BEING  MET  AND  TO
DEVELOP  IMPROVEMENTS TO PROGRAMS TO MEET SUCH NEEDS; AND (2) IN COLLAB-
ORATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND THE COMMISSION-
ER OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, REVIEW AND  MAKE  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO
IMPROVE   PROGRAMS   THAT  PROVIDE  TREATMENT,  REHABILITATION,  RELAPSE
PREVENTION, AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO  VETERANS  WHO  HAVE  SERVED  IN  A
COMBAT  THEATRE  OR  COMBAT  ZONE  OF OPERATIONS AND HAVE A CO-OCCURRING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOLISM OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, 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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07694-02-1

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