senate Bill S5209

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Establishes a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by OMRDD for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2010 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities
Jun 03, 2009 reported and committed to finance
Apr 27, 2009 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

S5209 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8248
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง41.58, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3020
2013-2014: S989
2015-2016: S1908
2017-2018: S3630
2019-2020: S4563
2021-2022: S5079

S5209 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments.

S5209 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5209 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  5209

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 27, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation  to  establishing  a
  program  of  tiered  eligibility for services offered by the office of
  mental retardation and developmental  disabilities  for  persons  with
  learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments

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

  Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a  new  section
41.58 to read as follows:
S 41.58 TIERED SERVICES ELIGIBILITY.
  1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS THAT
INDIVIDUALS  WITH  LEARNING  DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL
IMPAIRMENTS ARE OFTEN NOT PROVIDED ESSENTIAL  SUPPORT  AND  HABILITATIVE
SERVICES DUE TO THE LACK OF ESTABLISHED OFFICE OF MENTAL RETARDATION AND
DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES'  ELIGIBILITY PROTOCOLS. THIS INCLUDES INDI-
VIDUALS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES,  HIGH  FUNCTIONING  AUTISM  SPECTRUM
DISORDERS,  SUCH  AS  ASPERGER'S SYNDROME, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER COMPLEX
NEUROLOGICALLY BASED COGNITIVE DISABILITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE  INDI-
VIDUALS  ARE  THEN  LEFT  TO  NAVIGATE THEIR LIVES AND THE CHALLENGES OF
THEIR DISABILITIES WITH MINIMAL OR NO  ASSISTANCE.  AS  A  RESULT,  SUCH
INDIVIDUALS  OFTEN LEAD LIVES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY AND VULNERABILITY THAT
MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, EXTENDED PERIODS OF  INCARCERATION,
LIFELONG  DEPENDENCE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND VICTIMI-
ZATION, COUPLED  WITH  MANY  OTHER  NEGATIVE  AND  COSTLY  OUTCOMES.  IN
RESPONSE  TO  THIS  GROWING  PROBLEM, THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY DIRECTS THE
COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL RETARDATION  AND  DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES  TO
DEVELOP  AND  IMPLEMENT  A  PROGRAM  OF TIERED ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE OF
MENTAL RETARDATION AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES' SERVICES FOR  PERSONS
WITH  LEARNING  DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENTS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11209-01-9

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