senate Bill S4582B

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A141B
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, A10889

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BILL NUMBER:S4582B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring
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:
To require a veterans provider representative and veterans consumer
representative be included on 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 PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 19.05 of the Mental Hygiene law by
requiring that of the ten consumer representatives on the OASAS
advisory council, one of those appointments shall be a veteran who
has served in a combat theater or combat zone of operations and is a
member of a veterans organization. This section further provides that
of the ten representatives of providers of services one shall have
provided services to veterans who have served in a combat theater or
combat zone of operations.

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 have a voice on the OASAS advisory
council to ensure that veteran issues and barriers to treatment are
being adequately addressed in OASAS planning.

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

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act would take effect
immediately - and shall
only apply to vacancies occurring on or after such effective date.


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

                                 4582--B
    Cal. No. 550

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BALL,  AVELLA,  ZELDIN  -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Mental
  Health  and Developmental Disabilities -- reported favorably from said
  committee, ordered to first and second  report,  ordered  to  a  third
  reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place in the
  order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retain-
  ing its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene  law,  in  relation  to  requiring  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

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

  Section 1. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of subdivision (a) of section  19.05  of
the  mental  hygiene law, as amended by chapter 259 of the laws of 2008,
are amended to read as follows:
  (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.  OF THE FOREGOING APPOINTMENTS, ONE SHALL BE A
VETERAN WHO HAS SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF  OPERATIONS
AND IS A MEMBER OF A VETERANS ORGANIZATION;
  (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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00921-05-1

S. 4582--B                          2

cian, AND ONE WHO HAS PROVIDED SERVICES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A
COMBAT  THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS and not more than two shall
represent each group of facilities; and
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, and shall only apply to
vacancies occurring on or after such effective date.

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