S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 5, 2011
Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
AN ACT to enact the "behavioral health and long-term care act" providing
for the establishment of a behavioral health and long-term care plan
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "behavioral health and long-term care act".
S 2. The behavioral health and long-term care plan. 1. The commis-
sioner of mental health, in conjunction with the commissioner of health,
the commissioner of alcoholism and substance abuse services and the
director of the office for the aging, shall develop and monitor the
implementation of a behavioral health and long-term care plan. A subcom-
mittee may be established through the interagency geriatric mental
health and chemical dependency planning council to assist in the devel-
opment of such plan.
(a) The behavioral health and long-term care plan shall include, but
not be limited to:
(i) Coordination of provider services and interagency referrals of
persons with a mental illness and/or chemical dependence, as defined in
section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law, other than and in addition to
dementia, who are in or who may be in need of long-term care,
(ii) Recommendations for integrating and coordinating federal, state
and local funding sources for behavioral health and long-term care,
(iii) Recommendations for facilitating research on best practices and
model programs, and the dissemination of such information,
(iv) An increase in alternatives to nursing homes for adults with
mental illness and/or chemical dependence who also need long-term care,
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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(v) Support services for family caregivers who assist adults with
mental illness and/or chemical dependence who also need long-term care
in the community rather than in institutions such as adult homes, nurs-
ing homes or psychiatric inpatient units.
(b) The behavioral health and long-term care plan shall provide for
specific actions to be taken for its implementation, the number of
people to be served, measurable phases for the implementation, and a
time schedule for the achievement of such phases.
(c) The provisions of the behavioral health and long-term care plan
shall be included in the statewide comprehensive plan of services for
the mentally disabled pursuant to section 5.07 of the mental hygiene
2. On or before October 1, 2013, the commissioner of mental health
shall submit a report to the governor, the temporary president of the
senate, and the speaker of the assembly. On or before October 1, 2014,
and annually until 2021, the commissioner of mental health shall submit
a report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, and the
speaker of the assembly regarding the implementation of the plan includ-
ing the number of people served and other measurable outcomes.
S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.