senate Bill S4466A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 05, 2012 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 06, 2012 advanced to third reading
Jan 31, 2012 2nd report cal.
Jan 30, 2012 1st report cal.143
Jan 04, 2012 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse
May 24, 2011 print number 4466a
amend and recommit to finance
May 09, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Apr 06, 2011 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse

Votes

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Jan 30, 2012 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse committee Vote

S4466A
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee Vote: Jan 30, 2012

excused (1)

May 9, 2011 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse committee Vote

S4466
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committee
4
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: May 9, 2011

aye wr (2)

Bill Amendments

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S4466 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7806
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §19.07, Ment Hyg L

S4466 - Bill Texts

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Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans.

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BILL NUMBER:S4466

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining the scope of
responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
services regarding recovery services for veterans

PURPOSE:
Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of
alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services
for veterans

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 19.07 of the mental
hygiene law by adding a new subdivision (i) which states that office
of alcoholism and substance abuse services shall periodically, in
consultation with the state director of veteran's affairs review the
programs operated by the office to ensure that the needs of the
state's veterans who are recovering from alcohol and/or substance
abuse are being met and to develop improvements to programs to meet
such needs, and review, monitor, and improve programs operated by the
division of veterans affairs or the office of mental health that
provide treatment, rehabilitation, and relapse prevention and
recovery services to veterans who have served in a combat theater or
combat zone of operations.

Section 2 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York State is home to the second highest population
of Veterans in the United States. Many of New York's older veterans
served honorably in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and throughout the
Cold War. Because of the high concentration of veterans that
participated in these conflicts, New York's veteran population is
highly concentrated with aging veterans who suffer from conditions
that may never have been diagnosed such as Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder since we have recently only began to understand these and
other conditions which are often times accompanied by substance
abuse. Still others who are now returning from service overseas in
combat theaters during the Global War on Terrorism requires substance
abuse and mental health services including treatment, rehabilitation,
relapse prevention and recovery services.

At this time, many of these veterans are accessing OASAS programs,
however there is no requirement that these programs be specifically
tailored or responsive to the needs and desires of New York's Veterans.
This bill would require the ORSAS director and the director of the
division of veterans affairs to collaborate and review NYSOFA
programs to ensure that they are catering to the needs of New York's
veterans.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however,
that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of
any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act
on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after becoming law,
with provisions.

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

                                  4466

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law,  in  relation  to  defining  the
  scope  of  responsibilities  of the office of alcoholism and substance
  abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  19.07  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES SHALL  PERI-
ODICALLY,  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS,
(1) REVIEW THE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE OFFICE TO ENSURE THAT THE  NEEDS
OF THE STATE'S VETERANS WHO ARE RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE
ABUSE ARE BEING MET AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVEMENTS TO PROGRAMS TO MEET SUCH
NEEDS,  AND  (2)  REVIEW,  MONITOR, AND IMPROVE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE
DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS  OR  THE  OFFICE  OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  THAT
PROVIDE  TREATMENT,  REHABILITATION, AND RELAPSE PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
SERVICES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT  ZONE
OF OPERATIONS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
effective date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07694-01-1

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S4466A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7806
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §19.07, Ment Hyg L

S4466A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans.

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BILL NUMBER:S4466A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining the scope of
responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
services regarding recovery services for veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill would
require OASAS to collaborate with the Division of Veteran Affairs and
the Office of Mental Health to ensure that specialized addiction and
mental health services are available to New York State's Veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation defines the scope
of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
services regarding recovery services for veterans.

JUSTIFICATION:

Through their service, many military personnel were exposed to or have
experienced trauma, placing many of them in high risk categories for
triggering underlying conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse or other mental health conditions.
According to the Mental Health Association of NYC (MHA-NYC), veterans
are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse. In New
York, programs which are certified by the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services treated nearly 14,000 veterans for alcohol
or substance abuse in the past year, but, the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that
approximately 75,000 New York veterans suffer from alcoholism or
chemical dependence.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after is shall have become a law, with provisions.

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

                                 4466--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug  Abuse
  -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit-
  tee   on  Finance  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law,  in  relation  to  defining  the
  scope  of  responsibilities  of the office of alcoholism and substance
  abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  19.07  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES SHALL  PERI-
ODICALLY,  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS:
(1) REVIEW THE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE OFFICE TO ENSURE THAT THE  NEEDS
OF  THE STATE'S VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES AND WHO ARE
RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE  ARE  BEING  MET  AND  TO
DEVELOP  IMPROVEMENTS TO PROGRAMS TO MEET SUCH NEEDS; AND (2) IN COLLAB-
ORATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND THE COMMISSION-
ER OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, REVIEW AND  MAKE  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO
IMPROVE   PROGRAMS   THAT  PROVIDE  TREATMENT,  REHABILITATION,  RELAPSE
PREVENTION, AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO  VETERANS  WHO  HAVE  SERVED  IN  A
COMBAT  THEATRE  OR  COMBAT  ZONE  OF OPERATIONS AND HAVE A CO-OCCURRING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOLISM OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be made  and  completed  on  or  before  such
effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07694-02-1

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