senate Bill S7655A

Directs a study to determine the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment centers

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  • 23 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 27 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7655A
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1144
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORRECTION

Summary

Directs the department of correctional services and community supervision and the OASAS to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment centers.

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Bill Details

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S7655
S7655A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Correction Law

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BILL NUMBER:S7655A

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the study of the feasibility of
converting certain correctional facilities into treatment facilities

PURPOSE:

This bill directs the Department of Correctional Services and the
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to conduct a study
to determine the feasibility of converting correctional facilities
which are closed or scheduled to be closed, to be used as treatment
facilities for persons addicted to controlled substances.

Summary of provisions:

Section one of the bill directs the Department of Correctional
Services and Community Supervision and the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services to conduct a study to determine the
feasibility of converting correctional facilities, which are closed or
scheduled to be closed, to be used as treatment facilities for the
treatment of persons with substance abuse addiction both on an
in-patient residential basis and an outpatient basis. The study shall
be comprehensive and shall evaluate the efficacy of removing
individuals from the community and placing those individuals in
residential treatment facilities, assess the value of treatment in a
facility which was formerly used as a correctional facility, and
perform an analysis of the extent of renovations needed as well as an
estimate of the cost of those renovations. Other considerations are to
be taken into account as part of the study, such as the number of
participants for operating efficiency and the factors to be
considering in determining or recommending the treatment modalities to
be provided.

Section two provides that the study is to be completed and a report
issued within sixty days.

JUSTIFICATION:

Adequate treatment facilities and programs and a sufficient supply of
treatment beds has been an issue in the substance abuse treatment
field for some time and the recent dramatic increase of heroin
addiction, which is reaching epidemic proportions has amplified that
shortage. The state has been closing prisons for some time and plans
to close additional prisons in the very near future. This bill
requires that a study be done of those correctional facilities to
determine the feasibility of converting those facilities to treatment
facilities. The need for additional beds has become obvious and this
bill provides an opportunity to whether those beds can be provided in
existing facilities owned by the state.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


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

                                 7655--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  NOZZOLIO, BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, GALLIVAN, GOLDEN,
  GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN, LITTLE, MARCELLINO,  MARTINS,  MAZIARZ,
  O'MARA,  RANZENHOFER,  RITCHIE, ROBACH, SAVINO, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Crime Victims,  Crime  and  Correction  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  directing  the  study  of the feasibility of converting certain
  correctional facilities into treatment facilities

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

  Section  1.  The  department  of  correctional  services and community
supervision and the office of alcoholism and  substance  abuse  services
are directed to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of convert-
ing correctional facilities, which are closed or scheduled to be closed,
to  be  used as treatment facilities for the treatment of persons with a
substance abuse addiction both on an in-patient residential basis and an
out-patient basis.
  The study shall include an evaluation  of  the  efficacy  of  removing
addicted  individuals  from  the community and placing such persons in a
residential treatment facility for comprehensive therapy and shall  also
include an assessment of the value of such treatment in a facility which
was  formerly used as a correctional facility away from the community of
residence of the individual. An analysis  shall  also  be  made  of  the
extent  of  renovations  which  may  be necessary in connection with the
conversion of the facilities, including an estimate of the cost of  such
renovations.
  Consideration  shall be given to factors such as the number of partic-
ipants necessary for the most efficient operation of such a  program  on
an  in-patient residential basis and an out-patient basis. Also a deter-
mination shall be made with respect to the factors to be  considered  in
determining  or  recommending  the  types  of treatment modalities to be
provided.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15373-03-4

S. 7655--A                          2

  The study shall also take into consideration that those  eligible  for
admission into treatment programs shall be addicted individuals who have
a  demonstrated  history of addiction and do not have a current or prior
history of engaging in any conduct  involving  the  sale  of  controlled
substances.
  S  2. The study shall be completed and a report submitted to the chair
of the senate crime victims, crime and correction committee,  the  chair
of  the  senate  codes  committee,  the chair of the assembly correction
committee and the assembly codes committee  within  sixty  days  of  the
effective date of this act.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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