senate Bill S6607A

Relates to the creation of an acute psychiatric bed registry

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 12 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 17 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 17 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6607A
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Creates a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry to collect, aggregate and display information about available acute beds in public and private psychiatric facilities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8713A
Versions:
S6607
S6607A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง9.65, Ment Hyg L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6607A REVISED 3/25/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
the creation of an acute psychiatric bed registry

PURPOSE: To establish and administer a web-based acute psychiatric
bed registry to collect, aggregate, and display information about
available beds in public and private inpatient psychiatric facilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a
new section 9.65 to create an acute psychiatric bed registry. This
registry shall include descriptive information for every public and
private inpatient psychiatric facility and every public or private
crisis stabilization unit in the state; provided real-time information
about the number of beds available at each facility.

Every state facility, community services board, behavioral health
authority, and private provider licensed by the department shall
participate in the acute psychiatric bed registry, and shall designate
an employee to submit information for the inclusion in the acute
psychiatric bed registry.

JUSTIFICATION: Due in part to the closure of many psychiatric
facilities throughout the State, psychiatric patients and their
families are forced to turn to emergency rooms in hospitals when
experiencing acute psychiatric distress. However, there are finite,
limited number of beds for psychiatric patients in hospitals. If an
acute psychiatric bed in unavailable to a patient within such
hospital, the emergency personal may be forced to release the patient.
Establishing a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry would enable
the emergency rooms, as well as any public or private psychiatric
inpatient facility, to be part of a data base that can easily
determine at which facility acute psychiatric beds are available, in
real time, instead of simply releasing a patient when unable to
provide a bed. This will help aid in acute psychiatric patients
receiving the care they and their families need and deserve.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
eightieth day after it shall have become law.

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

                                 6607--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 12, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of
  an acute psychiatric bed registry

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

  Section  1.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section
9.65 to read as follows:
S 9.65 ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY.
  (A) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP  AND  ADMINISTER  A  WEB-BASED  ACUTE
PSYCHIATRIC  BED REGISTRY TO COLLECT, AGGREGATE, AND DISPLAY INFORMATION
ABOUT AVAILABLE ACUTE BEDS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE  INPATIENT  PSYCHIATRIC
FACILITIES AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL CRISIS STABILIZATION UNITS
TO  FACILITATE  THE IDENTIFICATION AND DESIGNATION OF FACILITIES FOR THE
TEMPORARY DETENTION AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET  THE  CRITERIA
FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
  (B) THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION
(A) OF THIS SECTION SHALL:
  1.  INCLUDE DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION FOR EVERY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INPA-
TIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY AND EVERY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CRISIS STABILIZA-
TION UNIT IN THE STATE, INCLUDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE FACILITY;
  2. PROVIDE REAL-TIME INFORMATION ABOUT THE NUMBER OF BEDS AVAILABLE AT
EACH FACILITY AND, FOR EACH AVAILABLE BED, THE TYPE OF PATIENT THAT  MAY
BE  ADMITTED,  THE LEVEL OF SECURITY PROVIDED, AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION
THAT MAY BE NECESSARY TO  ALLOW  EMPLOYEES  OR  DESIGNEES  OF  COMMUNITY
SERVICES  BOARDS  AND  EMPLOYEES  OF  PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES TO IDENTIFY
APPROPRIATE FACILITIES FOR DETENTION AND TREATMENT  OF  INDIVIDUALS  WHO
MEET THE CRITERIA FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE; AND
  3.  ALLOW  EMPLOYEES  AND  DESIGNEES  OF COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARDS AND
EMPLOYEES OF PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES TO PERFORM SEARCHES OF THE  REGISTRY
TO  IDENTIFY  AVAILABLE  BEDS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE DETENTION AND
TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13783-03-4

S. 6607--A                          2

  (C) EVERY STATE FACILITY, COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD, BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH
AUTHORITY, AND PRIVATE PROVIDER LICENSED BY THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PARTIC-
IPATE  IN  THE  ACUTE  PSYCHIATRIC  BED REGISTRY ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO
SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL  DESIGNATE  AN  INDIVIDUAL  TO
SUBMIT  INFORMATION  FOR INCLUSION IN THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY
AND SERVE AS A POINT OF CONTACT FOR ADDRESSING REQUESTS FOR  INFORMATION
RELATED TO DATA REPORTED TO THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY. INFORMA-
TION  REPORTED TO THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY SHALL BE UPDATED AT
LEAST DAILY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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