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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
|May 04, 2011||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S196
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S196 - Details
- Law Section:
- Mental Hygiene Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §7.25, Ment Hyg L
- Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S196 - Summary
Makes provisions regarding safety of certain employees of the office of mental health: provides that the commissioner of the office of mental health shall direct that in outpatient programs no employee shall be required to enter the residence of a person with a serious mental illness unless said employee is accompanied by at least one other employee of the program or other appropriate person; provides that the commissioner shall also direct that all such employees shall, when they are required to enter the residence of a recipient of services, be supplied with a wireless telephone or comparable device for the purposes of emergency communications; provides that the commissioner shall direct that employees serving as intensive case managers receive annual training in safety measures and violence prevention and that the commissioner shall insure the availability of such training; provides that funds appropriated for the operation of outpatient programs shall be expended to insure that there shall be at least one intensive case manager for each twelve persons receiving such services, and that there shall be no more than twelve persons receiving services from any one assertive case management team… (view more) directs the division of the budget to cause positions to be promptly filled in order to maintain said ratios.
S196 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S196 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to safety provisions for employees of the office of mental health PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to provide for the safety of mental health workers who may be at risk of violent behaviors from patients that they tend to. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Two new subdivisions (c) and (d) are added to § 7.25 of the mental hygiene law. Subdivision (c) directs the commissioner of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to require that no OMH employee shall enter the residence of a person with a serious mental illness unless accompanied by at least one other OMH employee. Subdivision (c) also directs the Commissioner to provide all OMH intensive case managers, when required to enter the residence of a person with a serious mental illness, with a wireless telephone or comparable device for the purposes of emergency communications. Subdivision (d) directs the commissioner of OMH to provide for the annual training of OMH employees in safety and violence Prevention. OMH is further directed to allocate or redistribute resources to ensure a ratio of no less than one intensive case manager for each ten persons receiving
S196 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 196 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to safety provisions for employees of the office of mental health THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 7.25 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding two new subdivisions (c) and (d) to read as follows: (C) IN ANY OUTPATIENT PROGRAM STAFFED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY EMPLOYEES OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DIRECT THAT NO EMPLOYEE SHALL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE RESIDENCE OF A RECIPIENT OF SERVICES WHO IS A PERSON WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FIFTY-TWO OF SECTION 1.03 OF THIS CHAPTER UNLESS SUCH EMPLOYEE IS ACCOMPANIED BY AT LEAST ONE OTHER EMPLOYEE OF THE PROGRAM, OR OTHER APPROPRIATE PERSON. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO DIRECT THAT ALL SUCH EMPLOYEES SHALL, WHEN THEY ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE RESIDENCE OF A RECIPIENT OF SERVICES, BE SUPPLIED WITH A WIRELESS TELEPHONE OR COMPARABLE DEVICE FOR THE PURPOSES OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. (D) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DIRECT THAT ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVING AS INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS SHALL RECEIVE ANNUAL TRAINING IN SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SHALL INSURE THAT SUCH TRAINING IS MADE AVAILABLE BY THE OFFICE AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING SUCH EMPLOYEES. FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE OPERATION OF OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS SHALL BE EXPENDED BY THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH TO INSURE THAT SUFFI- CIENT STAFF SHALL BE EMPLOYED AS INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS TO INSURE THAT THERE SHALL BE NO FEWER THAN ONE INTENSIVE CASE MANAGER FOR EACH TWELVE PERSONS RECEIVING SERVICES OF INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT; AND IN THE CASE OF ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT TEAMS THE SAME STAFF TO CONSUMER RATIO EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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