senate Bill S792A

Establishes a senior housing task force

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGING
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 792A

Summary

Establishes a senior housing task force for the purposes of conducting a state-wide assessment of senior housing needs taking into consideration the various geographical areas and different needs of the seniors in those areas and resources available in those different areas.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1861A
Versions:
S792
S792A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง203-a, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S110A, A9089
2009-2010: S2208B, S2208B
2007-2008: S8670, S8670

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BILL NUMBER:S792A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to
establishing a senior housing task force

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To establish a body to analyze senior housing options and develop a
strategy to improve housing options for senior citizens as they age.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 203-a.
Establishes the senior housing task force. Provides that such task
force shall be comprised of seventeen members and shall include one
representative each from the office for the aging, the division of
housing and community renewal, the department of health, the office of
mental health, the department of economic development, the empire
state development corporation, the office for people with
developmental disabilities, the division of protective services for
adults of the office of children and family services, and the New York
city department for the aging. The remaining eight members shall be
appointee in the following manner: three by the governor at the
recommendation of the speaker of the assembly; three by the governor
at the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate; one by
the governor upon the recommendation of the minority leader of the
assembly and one by the governor upon the recommendation of the
minority leader of the senate. Requires the task force to issue a
report by January 1, 2017 and be delivered to the governor, the
speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the
chairpersons of the aging, health and housing committee s in the
assembly and the chairpersons of the aging, health, and housing,
construction and community development committees in the senate.

Section 2. Effective Date.

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

One of the most pressing needs of seniors in our state is housing.
According to a recent study by the American Association of Retired
Persons (AARP), most seniors would like to age in their own home.
Unfortunately, many of our seniors cannot appropriately age in their
current residence because there may be too many stairs, a lack of
wheelchair accessibility, or too great of a distance to their family
and caregivers. As a result of this, many seniors have no other option
to but to enter an elder care facility, including but not limited to,
nursing homes, assisted living facilities and independent living
facilities.

In order to appropriately plan for these circumstances, this
legislation creates the senior housing task force to analyze the issue
of senior housing. The task force will consist of representatives from


nine agencies as well representatives to be appointed by the Governor
upon the recommendation of the Senate and Assembly.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.792 - Referred to Aging/A.1861 - Referred to Aging
2012: S.110-A- Amend and recommit to Aging/ A.194-Enacting Clause
Stricken/A.9089- Referred to Aging
2011: S.110 - Reported and Committed to Finance/A.194 -Referred to
Aging
2010: S.2208B - Passed Senate/A.3790B - Referred to Aging
2009: S.2208 Advanced to Third Reading/A.3790 - Referred to Aging
2007-08: S.8670/A.10474- Passed Both Houses - Veto #99; Tabled

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the 90th 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 792--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging  --  recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on  Aging  in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  elder law, in relation to establishing a senior
  housing task force

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

  Section  1.  The elder law is amended by adding a new section 203-a to
read as follows:
  S 203-A. SENIOR HOUSING TASK FORCE. 1.  THERE  IS  HEREBY  ESTABLISHED
WITHIN  THE OFFICE A SENIOR HOUSING TASK FORCE WHICH SHALL MEET AT LEAST
FOUR TIMES IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF THE STATE.  THE TASK FORCE
SHALL CONSIST OF SEVENTEEN MEMBERS  AND  SHALL  INCLUDE  REPRESENTATIVES
FROM  THE  FOLLOWING STATE AGENCIES: THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING, THE DIVI-
SION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  HEALTH,  THE
OFFICE  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH,  THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE
EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH  DEVEL-
OPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THE DIVISION OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR ADULTS OF
THE  OFFICE  OF  CHILDREN  AND  FAMILY  SERVICES,  AND THE NEW YORK CITY
DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. OF THE EIGHT REMAINING MEMBERS, THREE SHALL BE
APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE  SPEAKER  OF  THE
ASSEMBLY, THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION
OF  THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ONE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE
GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY
AND  ONE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, AND SHALL BROADLY REPRESENT  HOUSING  AND
SENIOR  CITIZEN  GROUPS FROM ALL GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE STATE INCLUDING
SERVICE PROVIDERS, ASSOCIATIONS, ADVOCATES, PROPRIETORS,  AND  CONSUMERS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00396-02-4

S. 792--A                           2

OF  FOR-PROFIT  AND  NOT-FOR-PROFIT SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS INCLUDING BUT
NOT LIMITED TO: ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, ADULT HOMES, SKILLED NURSING
FACILITIES, INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES, NATURALLY  OCCURRING  RETIRE-
MENT  COMMUNITIES,  NEIGHBORHOOD NATURALLY OCCURRING RETIREMENT COMMUNI-
TIES, AND CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES.  MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE
NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL BE  REIMBURSED  FOR  TRAVEL
AND  OTHER EXPENSES ACTUALLY AND NECESSARILY INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE
OF THEIR DUTIES. THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE CO-CHAIRED BY THE  DIRECTOR  OF
THE OFFICE AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY
RENEWAL.  THE  TASK  FORCE  IS  RESPONSIBLE  FOR CONDUCTING A STATE-WIDE
ASSESSMENT OF SENIOR HOUSING NEEDS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE VARIOUS
GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS AND DIFFERENT NEEDS OF THE SENIORS IN THOSE AREAS AND
RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THOSE DIFFERENT AREAS  AND  PROJECT  THOSE  NEEDS
OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS; OTHER FACTORS WHICH SHALL BE TAKEN INTO CONSID-
ERATION  ARE:  HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF SENIORS, THE LONG TERM CARE NEEDS OF
SENIORS, FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SENIORS, OR NEEDED BY SENIORS,
AND TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF SENIORS.  THE  ASSESSMENT  SHALL  INCLUDE  A
REVIEW  OF INNOVATIVE APPROACHES SUCCESSFULLY BEING IMPLEMENTED IN OTHER
STATES AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR  IMPLEMENTATION  IN  THIS  STATE.    SUCH
ASSESSMENT SHALL ALSO DEVELOP A VIABLE PLAN FOR PROVIDING QUALITY SENIOR
HOUSING  TO  MEET THE PROJECTED NEEDS OF SENIORS WITH ACTIONS, STEPS AND
TIME FRAMES.
  2. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ISSUE A REPORT BY JANUARY FIRST, TWO  THOUSAND
SEVENTEEN OUTLINING ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDING THE STATE
PLAN  WITH  TIME  FRAMES. THE REPORT SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR,
THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,  THE
CHAIRPERSONS  OF  THE AGING, HEALTH AND HOUSING COMMITTEES IN THE ASSEM-
BLY,  AND  THE  CHAIRPERSONS  OF  THE   AGING,   HEALTH   AND   HOUSING,
CONSTRUCTION, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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