senate Bill S4765

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Enacts the "behavioral health services for veterans act"

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4765A

Summary

Enacts the "behavioral health services for veterans act".

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3025A
Versions:
S4765
S4765A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §369, Exec L; add §19.43, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A50, A50
2009-2010: A8760, A8760

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BILL NUMBER:S4765

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law and the mental
hygiene law, in relation to enacting the "behavioral health services
for veterans act"

PURPOSE: To establish a behavioral health services for veterans
advisory board. The board shall study and analyze both the adequacy
of existing and the need for new behavioral health services for
veterans.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The executive law is amended by adding a new
section 369 to establish a behavioral health services for veterans
advisory board. Such board shall consist of nine members, three of
whom shall be appointed by the governor, two of whom shall be
appointed by the speaker of the Assembly, one by the minority leader
of the Assembly and one by the minority leader of the Senate.

The hoard shall study and analyze the adequacy of existing and the
need for new behavioral health services for veterans. The board shall
work in cooperation with the division, the office of alcoholism and
substance abuse services and the department of mental hygiene.

The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 19.43 which
shall establish access to behavioral health services for veterans.
Staff providing said services shall receive training in the specific
needs of veterans.

The office shall provide the following services: coordination of
services by an individual care coordinator for each veteran seeking
services, screening and assessment for post traumatic stress disorder,
agency networking to provide veterans with consistent treatment and
transportation to and from the services provided by this section.

JUSTIFICATION: The experiences of First Gulf War, Operation Enduring
Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have raised national consciousness
about the mental health and substance use disorders that afflict
veteran and civilian combatants and support personnel.

The length and frequency of deployments, prevalence of concussive
injuries and inherent stress of military operations have all resulted
in high prevalence of post traumatic stress, major depression and
potential traumatic brain injuries.

To say that the behavioral health needs of our veterans are increasing
is an understatement; therefore there is a compelling rationale for
the Behavioral Health Services for Veterans Act.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Take effect immediately.

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

                                  4765

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the  executive  law  and  the  mental  hygiene  law,  in
  relation to enacting the "behavioral health services for veterans act"

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "behavioral
health services for veterans act".
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 369 to  read
as follows:
  S  369.  BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH  SERVICES FOR VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD.  1.
THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE  DIVISION,  A  BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH
SERVICES  FOR  VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD. SUCH BOARD SHALL CONSIST OF NINE
MEMBERS, THREE OF WHOM SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, TWO  OF  WHOM
SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TWO OF WHOM
SHALL  BE APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE
APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE AND ONE OF WHOM SHALL  BE
APPOINTED  BY  THE  MINORITY  LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY. SUCH MEMBERS SHALL
SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE  APPOINTING  AUTHORITY.  VACANCIES  ON  THE
BOARD SHALL BE FILLED IN THE MANNER OF THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT. MEMBERS
OF  THE BOARD SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL
BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORM-
ANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  2. THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS  ADVISORY  BOARD  SHALL
STUDY  AND  ANALYZE  BOTH  THE ADEQUACY OF EXISTING AND THE NEED FOR NEW
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS. IN PROVIDING SUCH ANALYSIS, THE
BOARD SHALL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE DIVISION, THE OFFICE  OF  ALCO-
HOLISM  AND  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  SERVICES  AND  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF MENTAL
HYGIENE. THE BOARD SHALL REPORT THE FINDINGS OF SUCH STUDY TO THE GOVER-
NOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ALONG WITH RECOMMENDATIONS  IT  DEEMS  NECESSARY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06724-03-3

S. 4765                             2

FOR  EXPANDED AND IMPROVED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES ON OR BEFORE OCTO-
BER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.
  S  3.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 19.43
to read as follows:
S 19.43 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS.
  (A) THE OFFICE, IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE DIVISION OF
VETERANS' AFFAIRS, SHALL ESTABLISH WITHIN EVERY COUNTY WITHIN THE STATE,
ACCESS TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS. IN ESTABLISHING  SUCH
ACCESS,  THE  OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE TREATMENT ON AN INPATIENT, OUTPATIENT
AND RESIDENTIAL BASIS, THAT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO,  PHAR-
MACOTHERAPY FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE, OPIOID DEPENDENCE AND OTHER CHEMICAL
DEPENDENCE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS.
  (B)  STAFF  PROVIDING  BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH  SERVICES  TO VETERANS SHALL
RECEIVE TRAINING IN THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF VETERANS WITH RESPECT TO CHEM-
ICAL DEPENDENCIES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AND  SHALL  BE  EXPANDED
WHEN NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES.
  (C)  IN  ADDITION TO THE SERVICES SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS
SECTION, THE OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
  1. COORDINATION OF SERVICES BY AN INDIVIDUAL CARE COORDINATOR FOR EACH
VETERAN WHO SEEKS SERVICES;
  2. SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER,  TRAU-
MATIC BRAIN INJURY, DEPRESSION AND POTENTIAL FOR SUICIDE;
  3.  AGENCY  NETWORKING  TO  PROVIDE VETERANS WITH CONSISTENT TREATMENT
THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION;
  4. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THIS SECTION;
  5. EVALUATION OF CLINICAL PRACTICES SPECIFIC TO VETERANS; AND
  6. COORDINATION OF PATIENT CARE SERVICES.
  (D) THE OFFICE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO  PROMULGATE  RULES
AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that section two
of  this  act shall take effect April 1, 2014; and provided further that
effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule
or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec-
tive date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.

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