S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 18, 2011
Introduced by Sens. BONACIC, LANZA, McDONALD, PARKER, RIVERA -- read
twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the
Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities -- reported
favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on
Finance -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first
and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered
reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recom-
mitted to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabili-
ties in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged,
bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said
AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the
task force on adults with autism; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that autism is
a lifelong disability, yet much of the focus on autism spectrum disor-
ders relates to education and development, and neglects concerns that
may arise later in a person's life. The legislature also finds that
adults with autism may face significant challenges in various aspects of
their lives, including such areas as job placement, housing and long-
term care. Further, just as the autism spectrum covers a wide range of
functional abilities, so does the need for services and supports for
adults with autism. Consequently, the legislature finds that there is a
pressing need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate
achievable goals for state government to meet in order to better serve
the community of adults with autism spectrum disorders. To this end, it
is in the public interest to establish a task force on adults with
autism to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the various needs of
adults with autism spectrum disorders living in New York.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 2135--B 2
S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 13.41
to read as follows:
S 13.41 TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH AUTISM.
(A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH AUTISM
IN THE OFFICE. THE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE TO STUDY, EVALUATE
AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO SPECIFIC ACTIONABLE MEASURES TO
SUPPORT AND MEET THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH AUTISM WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF
THE STATE, INCLUDING SUCH NEEDS AS VOCATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL AND SOCIAL
NEEDS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS
FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH AUTISM,
AND SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PURSUANT TO
SUBDIVISION (F) OF THIS SECTION.
(B) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF NINE MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
(1) THE COMMISSIONER, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, THE COMMISSIONER OF
EDUCATION, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR ADULT CAREER AND CONTINUING
EDUCATION SERVICES WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER
OF LABOR; AND
(2) FOUR MEMBERS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN ISSUES RELATING TO THE
WORK OF THE TASK FORCE; WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR,
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, NO LATER THAN
THE THIRTIETH DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
VACANCIES IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE
SAME MANNER PROVIDED FOR BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
(C) THE COMMISSIONER OR THE COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE SHALL SERVE AS
CHAIRPERSON OF THE TASK FORCE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ORGANIZE AS SOON AS
PRACTICABLE FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND SHALL SELECT A
VICE-CHAIRPERSON FROM AMONG THE MEMBERS. THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL APPOINT A
SECRETARY WHO NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE.
(D) THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
(E) TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE ENTITLED
TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE, AND SHALL UTILIZE AND BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH
FACILITIES, RESOURCES AND DATA OF ANY COURT, DEPARTMENT, DIVISION,
BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI-
VISION THEREOF AS IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT ITS
POWERS AND DUTIES.
(F) THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO
THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF
THE ASSEMBLY ON OR BEFORE APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed 2 years after such effective date.