senate Bill S909A

Provides information on where to seek help regarding sexual trauma in the military

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 09 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 09 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 909A

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Provides information on where to seek help regarding sexual trauma in the military.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6227A
Versions:
S909
S909A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง7.09, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6342D, S6342D

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BILL NUMBER:S909A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
providing information on where to seek help in regards to military
sexual trauma

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To disseminate information to
veterans and make available at the Office of Mental Health and the
Division of Veterans Affairs websites where they can seek treatment
and counseling for Military Sexual Trauma. (MST)

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Section 7.09 of the Mental Hygiene Law by adding a
new subdivision (k) to require the Commissioner of the Office of
Mental Health to disseminate information to veterans regarding which
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers,
outpatient clinics, community-based outpatient clinics, vet centers or
other United States Department of Veterans Affairs facilities veterans
can seek treatment, counseling and resources for military sexual
trauma experienced while on active duty or during military training.

Section 2: Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION: In many instances those veterans who have returned
home from combat and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a
myriad of experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The
experiences and events they go through can sometimes lead to Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

However, female and male veterans can also through traumatic
experiences that are not discussed as often as PTSD. One trauma they
go through in particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

It is imperative that information of where to seek treatment and
counseling for Military Sexual Trauma is forwarded to veterans and
posted on both the Office of Mental Health's websites and the Division
of Veterans Affairs website. Providing these veterans with information
will enable them to know where to go for help and services.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs states that in a
screening for military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women
responded "yes" when screened for MST. However, according to Pentagon
statistics nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual
assault, twice as many as the general population. In March 2008, the
Department of Defense (DOD) released their fourth annual sexual
assault, which stated that there were 2,688 reports of sexual assaults
in 2007. Although this is down from the 2,947 allegations of sexual
assaults reported in 2006, the DOD changed their reporting
requirements from calendar year to fiscal year, so that there is no
way to tell if this reflects a decrease in sexual assaults or not.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013 A6227: referred to Veterans' Affairs
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Unknown.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, the commissioner of mental health shall promulgate any
rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on
or before its effective date.

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

                                 909--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  AVELLA,  BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, MONTGOMERY,
  O'BRIEN, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed
  to  be  committed  to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and
  Military Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland
  Security and Military Affairs 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 mental hygiene law, in relation to providing infor-
  mation on where to seek help in regards to military sexual trauma

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

  Section  1.    Section  7.09  of  the mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (k) to read as follows:
  (K) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DISSEMINATE INFORMATION TO VETERANS REGARD-
ING WHICH UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL  CENTERS,
OUTPATIENT  CLINICS,  COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS, VET CENTERS OR
OTHER UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS  FACILITIES  VETERANS
CAN SEEK TREATMENT, COUNSELLING AND RESOURCES FOR MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA
EXPERIENCED  WHILE  ON  ACTIVE  DUTY  OR  DURING MILITARY TRAINING. SUCH
INFORMATION SHALL BE POSTED ON THE OFFICES WEBSITE WITH A  LINK  TO  THE
WEBSITE  OF  THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND A LINK
TO THE WEBSITE OF THE STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
commissioner of mental health shall promulgate any rules and regulations
necessary for the implementation of this act on or before its  effective
date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02827-05-4

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