|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs|
|Mar 21, 2011||referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs|
senate Bill S4157
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4157 - Details
- Law Section:
- Executive Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §352, Exec L
- Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4157 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4157 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act" PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to require the New York State Veterans' Affairs Commission to develop and update, in consultation with the office of mental health, the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, department of health and department of labor, a New York state interagency plan to improve outreach, assessment, and care for veterans and their families who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse problems. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Legislative findings and intent. Section 2 - This act shall be known as the 'Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act.' Section 3 - Two new subdivisions are added to Section 352 of the executive law. This section of law deals with the powers and duties of the New York State Veterans' Affairs Commission.
S4157 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4157 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E March 21, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature recognizes that throughout their service, many of the military personnel from New York State experienced trauma during active duty, placing many of them in high risk categories for triggering substance abuse or mental health issues. More often than not, mental illness and substance abuse present themselves simultaneously or as a co-occurring disorder. The conse- quences of co-occurring disorders, particularly when untreated or poorly treated, are severe. These disorders increase the cost of healthcare due to the frequent use of inpatient treatment, the ability to adhere to such treatment, the risk of suicide, crime victimization, homelessness, and incarceration. The legislature further finds that the unemployment rate for young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was at 21.1 percent, reflect- ing another tough obstacle that combat veterans face as they make the transition home from war. The legislature further finds that New York State has recognized its responsibility for care for our veterans and their families, offering an array of economic and health benefits. Now we are called to ensure that the returning combat veterans can obtain the benefits that they are entitled to from the various state agencies which offer help to the returning servicemen and women to make the transition from military personnel to veteran. S 2. Short title. This act shall be known as the "Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act." EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03276-01-1
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