S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
February 25, 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 establishing the
task force on adults with developmental disabilities; 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 findings. The legislature finds that develop-
mental disabilities require a lifetime of person-centered services and
supports, yet much of the focus on developmental disabilities relates to
education and development, and neglects concerns that may arise later in
a person's life. The legislature also finds that adults with develop-
mental disabilities may face significant challenges in various aspects
of their lives, including such areas as job placement, housing and long-
term care. Consequently, the legislature finds that there is a pressing
need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate achievable
goals for state government to meet in order to better serve the communi-
ty of adults with developmental disabilities. To this end, it is in the
public interest to establish a task force on adults with developmental
disabilities to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the various
needs of adults with developmental disabilities living in New York.
S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 13.41
to read as follows:
S 13.41 TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
(A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH DEVELOP-
MENTAL DISABILITIES IN THE OFFICE. THE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL
BE TO STUDY, EVALUATE AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO SPECIFIC
ACTIONABLE MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND MEET THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH DEVEL-
OPMENTAL DISABILITIES WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING SUCH
NEEDS AS VOCATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS. ADDITIONALLY, THE
TASK FORCE SHALL STUDY THE LONG TERM NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES WHO RESIDE WITH CAREGIVERS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 6659--A 2
FORCE SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THE
NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SHALL BE SUBMITTED
TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (F) OF THIS
(B) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF TEN MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
(1) THE COMMISSIONER, THE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH,
THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR; AND
(2) FOUR MEMBERS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN ISSUES RELATING TO THE
WORK OF THE TASK FORCE; WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR,
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, NO LATER THAN
THE THIRTIETH DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
VACANCIES IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE
SAME MANNER PROVIDED FOR BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
(C) THE COMMISSIONER OR THE COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE SHALL SERVE AS
CHAIRPERSON OF THE TASK FORCE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ORGANIZE AS SOON AS
PRACTICABLE FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND SHALL SELECT A
VICE-CHAIRPERSON FROM AMONG THE MEMBERS. THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL APPOINT A
SECRETARY WHO NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE.
(D) THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
(E) TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE ENTITLED
TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE, AND SHALL UTILIZE AND BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH
FACILITIES, RESOURCES AND DATA OF ANY COURT, DEPARTMENT, DIVISION,
BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI-
VISION THEREOF AS IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT ITS
POWERS AND DUTIES.
(F) THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO
THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF
THE ASSEMBLY ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed two years after such effective date.