senate Bill S4418

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Directs a study of the incidence of autism spectrum disorders in New York

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Apr 05, 2011 referred to health

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S4418 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2934

S4418 - Bill Texts

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Directs a study of the incidence of autism spectrum disorders in New York and an evaluation of state and local programs for persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

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BILL NUMBER:S4418

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
directing a study to evaluate the incidence of autism
spectrum disorders in New York; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Directs a study of the incidence of
autism spectrum disorders in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1- Directs the NYS Department
of Health, the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Development
Disabilities, the NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for
Persons with Disabilities and the NYS Education Department to work
collaboratively with local entities to conduct a study of incidences
of autism spectrum disorders in New York.
Section 2- Instructs the Department of Health to prepare a report
after one year evaluating the findings of this study will include but
not be limited to: an assessment of the rising incidence of autism
spectrum disorders, an assessment and proposals for improving options
for those person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and an
assessment of successful local or statewide programs that study or
treat autism spectrum disorders.
Section 3- Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:
The incidences of diagnosed autism spectrum disorders
in young children have sky-rocketed throughout New York state in the
last ten years. Parents, educational workers and health care
professionals are at a loss as to the causes or reason for this
increase and how to help those children affected by these diseases.
This bill would instruct local and statewide agencies to develop a
study to track the incidences of autism spectrum disorders throughout
the state; what treatments and programs are working, steps to help
with early detection, support for parents and teachers and health
care professionals caring for children with these disorders.
This bill is designed to give New Yorkers a statewide look at the
incidences of autism spectrum disorders and hopefully how to treat
them effectively.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009: S.2934 Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Cmte.
2010: S.2934 Notice of Committee Consideration Requested; Reported
and Committed to Finance
2008: A.8316 - Held in Assembly Ways & Means
2008: S.5811 - Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Cmte.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall have become a law, and shall expire and be deemed repealed
one year after such effective date.

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

                                  4418

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT directing  a study to evaluate the incidence of  autism  spectrum
  disorders in New York; 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. The department of health, in conjunction with the office of
mental health, the office for people  with  developmental  disabilities,
the  commission  on quality care and advocacy for persons with disabili-
ties and the state education department shall collaboratively with local
entities engage in a study of the incidences of autism  spectrum  disor-
ders  in New York state. Such study shall include recent clinical obser-
vations in children diagnosed with autism spectrum  disorders,  environ-
mental  factors associated with autism spectrum disorders, the number of
children currently receiving services, educational records  of  affected
students  and any other topic related to autism spectrum disorders which
are deemed relevant.
  S 2. Not later than one year after the effective date of this act, the
department of health shall prepare a report setting forth and evaluating
the findings of the study.  Such report shall include, but need  not  be
limited to:
  1. an assessment of the extent of the rising incidence of autism spec-
trum disorders;
  2.  an  assessment  and suggestion for improving available options for
persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders; and
  3. an assessment of the success of any  local  or  statewide  programs
which  are  engaged  in  the  study  and/or treatment of autism spectrum
disorders.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law,  and  shall expire and be deemed repealed one year
after such effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09242-01-1

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