senate Bill S1464

Amended

Creates mental illness and chemical dependence initiative

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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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 06 / Mar / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 30 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 30 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1464A

Summary

Creates a public education initiative designed to eliminate stigma and misinformation about mental illness and chemical dependence among military service members.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1965
Versions:
S1464
S1464A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง7.09, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4760A, A1070A
2009-2010: S8062, A11054

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1464

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to creating a public
education initiative designed to eliminate stigma and misinformation
about mental illness and chemical dependence among military service
members; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Creates a public education initiative designed to eliminate stigma and
misinformation about mental illness and chemical dependence among
military service members.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 7.09 of the Mental Hygiene law by requiring
the commissioner of the office of mental health the commissioner of
the office of mental health, in conjunction with the commissioner of
the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services and director of
the division of veterans' affairs to create a public education
initiative designed to eliminate stigma and misinformation about
mental illness and chemical dependence among service members,
veterans, and their families, improve their understanding of mental
and substance use disorders and the existence of effective treatment,
and provide information regarding available resources and how to
access them.

Section two provides the effective date and expiration date of June
30, 2016.

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 Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse problems or other
mental health issues.
According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at least
one in three Iraq veterans and one in nine Afghanistan veterans will
face a mental health issue like depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

According to the United States substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, "the impact of military reality on
individual mental health is complicated further by the pronounced
stigma associated with mental illness within military communities.
Service members frequently cite fear of personal embarrassment, fear
of disappointing comrades fear of losing the opportunity for career
advancement, and fear of dishonorable discharge as motivations to
hide the symptoms of
mental illness from colleagues, friends and family. This silence and
the attitudes and perceptions perpetuating it pose a significant

challenge to those charged with making sure that the United States
fighting force is improving itself and taking care of its own members."

Left untreated, combat-related mental health issues can and does
destroy the lives of veterans and their families. Untreated combat
related mental health issues can manifest itself through substance
abuse, the criminal justice system, and suicide. These brave
Americans have laid their lives on the line in service to their
country. Until stigma is addressed and the reality of the mental
health needs of military veterans is fully recognized, our returning
troops and veterans from wars past will continue to suffer.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY;
2011-12: S.4760/A.1070A - Passed the Assembly; died in Finance.
2010-11: S.8062/A.11054 - Referred to Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1464

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 creating a public
  education initiative designed to eliminate stigma  and  misinformation
  about  mental  illness  and chemical dependence among military service
  members; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon  expira-
  tion thereof

  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
a new subdivision (k) to read as follows:
  (K) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW TO  THE  CONTRARY,  THE
COMMISSIONER,  IN  CONJUNCTION  WITH  THE COMMISSIONER OF ALCOHOLISM AND
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  SHALL  DEVELOP A PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO ELIMI-
NATE STIGMA AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND CHEMICAL DEPEND-
ENCE AMONG SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES, IMPROVE  THEIR
UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND THE EXISTENCE OF
EFFECTIVE   TREATMENT,   AND  PROVIDE  INFORMATION  REGARDING  AVAILABLE
RESOURCES AND HOW TO ACCESS THEM. THESE PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVES MAY
INCLUDE THE USE OF THE INTERNET, INCLUDING THE USE OF SOCIAL  NETWORKING
SITES.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire on June
30, 2016 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be  deemed
repealed.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02948-01-3

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