senate Bill S4765A

Enacts the "behavioral health services for veterans act"

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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

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
2009-2010: A8760

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BILL NUMBER:S4765A

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 369f 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 board 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--A

                       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 -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Veterans,
  Homeland  Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

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-f to
read as follows:
  S 369-F. 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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06724-06-4

S. 4765--A                          2

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
FOR  EXPANDED AND IMPROVED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES ON OR BEFORE OCTO-
BER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN.
  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, 2015; 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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