senate Bill S5801A

Defines the term autism for the purposes of the education law and the mental hygiene law and the term autism spectrum disorder for the purposes of the insurance law

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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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  • 15 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1471
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 13 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 13 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5801A

Summary

Defines the term autism for the purposes of the education law and the mental hygiene law and the term autism spectrum disorder for the purposes of the insurance law.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5801
S5801A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Education

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5801A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to define the term "autism" for the purposes of
the education law and the mental hygiene law and the term "autism
spectrum disorder" for the purposes of the insurance law and providing
for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: This bill is intended to ensure that all individuals
diagnosed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-IV TR) and the most recent edition of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders continue to qualify for
services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill is the legislative intent.

Section 2 provides that, notwithstanding any law to the contrary,
"autism" for purposes of the education law and mental hygiene law, and
"autism spectrum disorder" for purposes of the insurance law, shall
include: (1) all persons diagnosed with an autistic disorder,
Asperger's disorder, Retts disorder, childhood disintegrative
disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified
(PDD-NOS) using the fourth edition text revision of the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV TR), and (2) all
persons diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosed using the
most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders.

Section 3 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: During the transition from DSM-IV to the most recent
edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
DSM-V, it is critical that individuals qualify for services if
diagnosed using DSM-IV and DSM-V.

Due to the fact that one in fifty children have a diagnosis on the
autism spectrum and the importance of early and appropriate treatment,
it is essential to ensure the continuity of benefits and services for
individuals who qualify under DSM-IV and DSM-V. It is also essential
that all those diagnosed during this transition period have the
benefit of services under both to ensure that all with developmental
disabilities are provided appropriate services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire and be deemed repealed three years such effective date.

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

                                 5801--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. CARLUCCI, GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabili-
  ties in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN ACT to define the term "autism" for the purposes of the education law
  and the mental hygiene law and the term "autism spectrum disorder" for
  the purposes of the insurance law and providing for the repeal of such
  provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. Legislative Intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  that,
according  to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one
in 50 children may have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The  legisla-
ture  further  finds  that  early,  continuous and appropriate treatment
facilitates the best possible outcome for children diagnosed with  ASDs.
The  legislature further finds that, while the periodic reformulation of
diagnostic criteria is vital to  ensuring  the  provision  of  effective
care,  the State must respond accordingly to guarantee that such changes
do not impact the eligibility of individuals currently receiving  treat-
ment  under  the law. Therefore, the legislature finds it appropriate to
enact measures preserving the existing rights and entitlements of  those
diagnosed  with  pervasive  developmental  disorders  using  the  fourth
edition text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-IV TR) as the medical community transitions  to  criteria
implemented  by the fifth edition (DSM-5). The legislature finds that in
addition to ensuring continued benefits and state services it is  impor-
tant  to  convene  a council to study the transition from (DSM-IV TR) to
the criteria implemented by the fifth edition to ensure that individuals
who qualify under (DSM-IV TR) will continue to qualify under DSM-5.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11529-06-4

S. 5801--A                          2

  S 2. Notwithstanding any  law  to  the  contrary,  "autism,"  for  the
purposes  of  the  education law and the mental hygiene law, and "autism
spectrum disorder,"  for  the  purposes  of  the  insurance  law,  shall
include: (1) an autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, Rett's disorder,
childhood  disintegrative  disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder
not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), as diagnosed using the fourth edition
text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disor-
ders  (DSM-IV  TR);  and (2) an autism spectrum disorder diagnosed using
the most recent edition of the  Diagnostic  and  Statistical  Manual  of
Mental Disorders.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed two years after such effective date.

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