senate Bill S6685
(R, C, IP) 0 Senate District
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides additional benefits for veterans; provides for services and counseling related to post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries; requires reports to the legislature concerning the number of veterans who are incarcerated.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction
law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans
To include information about mental and physical health issues,
including post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and
other brain related injuries within the veterans health care
information program and to establish the collection and maintenance of
data pertaining to an inmate's military background by the department
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 3803(1) of the public health law, as it
relates to the Veterans Health Care Information Program, to provide
information for veterans, their families and health care providers on
health issues associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and other
brain related injuries. This information will be provided in addition
to the information already provided by the program, including health
issues associated with Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, toxic
materials or harmful physical agents such as depleted uranium and
Section 2 requires the State Commissioner of Corrections to report
annually to the legislature on the number of veterans who are inmates
in New York State and local correctional facilities. The report will
include a breakdown of the number of inmates, by branch of service,
time period of military service, and type of discharge that the inmate
received upon separation from the military.
Current deployments to the Middle East involve long, dangerous and
repeated tours of duty, with our citizen soldiers and their families
performing above and beyond the call of duty. This bill will serve to
assist veterans and their families by supplying them with information
on post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain related injuries.
This bill will also help the state determine the scope and nature of
issues related to criminal activity by returning members of the
military in order to establish methods, programs and assistance aimed
at preventing such conduct.
A.2189-A passed in the Assembly in 2013 and 2014.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law; provided that, any rules and regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective
date shall be promulgated on or before such date.
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