senate Bill S4582

Amended

Requires a representative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services

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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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  • 12 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.550
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / May / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4582A
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 4582B
  • 15 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A141B

Summary

Requires a representative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs to be on the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse programs as well as a representative who is a combat veteran and is recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4582
S4582A
S4582B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19.05, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7566A

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BILL NUMBER:S4582

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to adding a representative
of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs and a
representative who is a veteran that served in combat and is recovering
from alcohol and/or substance abuse to the advisory
council on alcoholism and substance abuse services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To add a veterans provider
representative and veterans consumer representative to the advisory
council of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
(OASAS) to ensure that veteran issues are adequately addressed in
OASAS planning.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 19.05 of the
Mental Hygiene law by increasing the number of OASAS advisory council
members from twenty-six to twenty-eight; and by adding one
representative of a program or provider that treats veterans and one
consumer representative who is a combat veteran recovering from
alcohol and/or substance abuse to the OASAS advisory council.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Through their service, many military personnel in New
York were exposed to or have experienced trauma, placing many of them
in high risk categories of triggering underlying conditions, such as
alcoholism and substance abuse problems.
OASAS-certified programs treated nearly 14,000 veterans for alcohol or
substance abuse in the past year. According to the federal Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 75,000
New York veterans suffer from alcoholism or alcohol dependence. At
a joint hearing held February 2, 2010 by the Assembly Committees on
Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Veterans' Affairs, and Mental Health,
witnesses testified that many barriers exist for veterans seeking
alcohol and substance abuse treatment, including lack of information,
stigma, and lack of qualified counselors.

This bill requires that veterans get a voice on the OASAS advisory
council to ensure that veteran issues and barriers to treatment are
being adequately addressed in OASAS planning.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.10889, 2010 passed Assembly. Same as
S.7566-A, passed Senate. Vetoed (Veto No. 6721 of 2010).

FISCAL IMPLICATION:
Not yet determined.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4582

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to adding  a  repre-
  sentative  of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs and a
  representative who is a veteran that served in combat and is  recover-
  ing  from  alcohol  and/or  substance abuse to the advisory council on
  alcoholism and substance abuse services

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

  Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 19.05 of the mental hygiene law,
as  amended  by  chapter  259 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as
follows:
  (a) The council shall consist of the commissioner  of  alcoholism  and
substance  abuse services, or his or her designee who shall not have the
right to vote, the chairman of the conference of  local  mental  hygiene
directors  or his or her designee, and [twenty-six] TWENTY-EIGHT members
appointed by the governor by and with the  advice  and  consent  of  the
senate.  The  council  shall  include  at  least three members from each
appellate division. The governor shall designate one  of  the  appointed
members  of  the  council  as chair, who shall serve as such for a three
year term. The council shall elect a vice-chair, who shall serve as such
for a three year term. Membership shall be representative of the public,
shall have  broad  programmatic  and  geographic  representation,  shall
include  both  not-for-profit  and  proprietary alcoholism and substance
abuse providers of services, and shall include:
  (1) ten consumer representatives, including persons who are recovering
from alcohol and/or substance abuse or significant others of patients or
former patients or patient advocates, or representatives of advocacy and
prevention organizations;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00921-01-1

S. 4582                             2

  (2) ten representatives of providers of services to persons who  abuse
or  are  dependent  on  alcohol  and/or  substances or engage in problem
gambling, including but not limited to representatives of free  standing
inpatient  alcoholism  or substance abuse facilities, general hospitals,
residential facilities for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol
and/or substances, methadone maintenance programs, outpatient facilities
for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances, and
prevention and gambling programs, at least one of whom shall be a physi-
cian  and  not  more  than two shall represent each group of facilities;
[and]
  (3) six representatives of public and  private  payors  of  alcoholism
and/or  substance  abuse treatment including insurers, hospital, health,
and  medical  service  corporations  that  pay  for  alcoholism   and/or
substance  abuse  treatment,  self-insured employee benefit plans, union
welfare fund benefit plans, and  state  and  local  government  agencies
which  pay  for alcoholism or substance abuse treatment, at least one of
whom shall represent a hospital service corporation;
  (4) ONE REPRESENTATIVE OF A PROVIDER OR PROGRAM THAT  PROVIDES  TREAT-
MENT,  REHABILITATION,  AND  RELAPSE PREVENTION AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO
VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR  COMBAT  ZONE  OF  OPER-
ATIONS; AND
  (5)  ONE CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVE WHO IS A VETERAN THAT HAS SERVED IN A
COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS, AND WHO IS RECOVERING  FROM
ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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