senate Bill S4157

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Mar 21, 2011 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

S4157 - Details

Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง352, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:

S4157 - Summary

Enacts the "Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act."

S4157 - Sponsor Memo

S4157 - Bill Text download pdf

                    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

                             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"


  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.


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