senate Bill S6342D

Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female 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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  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6342A
  • 11 / May / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 11 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6342B
  • 01 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 01 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6342C
  • 15 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 15 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6342D

Summary

Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6342
S6342A
S6342B
S6342C
S6342D
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง7.09, Ment Hyg L

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BILL NUMBER:S6342D

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing
plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To disseminate information to female veterans and make available at
the Office of Mental Health and Department of Veteran Affairs
websites where they can seek treatment and counseling for Military
Sexual Trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends section 7.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding new
subdivision k: The Commissioner of Mental Health shall promulgate
rules and regulations to disseminate information to female veterans,
when applicable, regarding which veterans affairs centers and other
organizations such female veterans can seek treatment, counseling and
resources for Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Such information shall be
posted on the office/s website with a link to the website of the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs and a link to the State
Division of Veterans' Affairs.

Subdivision 1: The Commissioner shall establish peer counseling and
support services regarding Military Sexual Trauma for female veterans
at one or more veterans affairs facilities if deemed appropriate and
necessary.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many instances those veterans who have returned home from combat
and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a myriad of
experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The experiences and
events they go through can sometimes lead to Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD).

However, female veterans can also go through traumatic experiences
that are not discussed as often as PTSD. One trauma they go through
in particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The definition of MST
used by the Department of Veteran Affairs is: psychological trauma,
which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted
from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual
nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was
serving on active duty or active duty for training.

It is imperative that information of where to seek treatment and coun-
seling for Military Sexual Trauma is afforded to female veterans and
posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Providing these
veterans with this information will enable them to know where to go
for help and services.

The Department of Veteran Affairs states that in a screening for
military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women responded "yes"
when screened for MST. However, according to pentagon statistics
nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual assault,


twice as many as in the general population. The Defense Department's
2006 sexual assault
report stated that 2,947 incidents were reported an increase of 73%
from 2004.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6342--D

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. HUNTLEY, AVELLA, ESPAILLAT, PARKER, RIVERA -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland  Security  and  Military Affairs --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing plans
  to adequately address military sexual  trauma  experienced  by  female
  veterans

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

  Section 1.   Section 7.09 of the mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding two new subdivisions (k) and (l) to read as follows:
  (K) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO DISSEM-
INATE  INFORMATION  TO FEMALE VETERANS, WHEN APPLICABLE, REGARDING WHICH
VETERANS' AFFAIRS CENTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUCH  FEMALE  VETERANS
CAN SEEK TREATMENT, COUNSELING AND RESOURCES FOR MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA.
SUCH  INFORMATION SHALL BE POSTED ON THE OFFICE'S WEBSITE WITH A LINK TO
THE WEBSITE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS  AFFAIRS  AND  A
LINK TO THE WEBSITE OF THE STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.  FOR THE
PURPOSES  OF  THIS ARTICLE, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA SHALL MEAN PSYCHOLOG-
ICAL TRAUMA, WHICH IN THE JUDGMENT  OF  A  MENTAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL,
RESULTED  FROM A PHYSICAL ATTACK OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BATTERY OF A SEXUAL
NATURE OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT WHICH OCCURRED WHILE THE VETERAN WAS SERVING
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING.
  (L) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  PEER  COUNSELING  AND  SUPPORT
SERVICES  REGARDING MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA FOR FEMALE VETERANS AT ONE OR
MORE FACILITIES OPERATED OR CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICE IF THE  COMMISSIONER
DEEMS IT APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-07-2

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