senate Bill S6342D

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans

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Jun 15, 2012 print number 6342d
amend and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jun 01, 2012 print number 6342c
amend (t) and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
May 11, 2012 print number 6342b
amend (t) and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Feb 29, 2012 print number 6342a
amend and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jan 30, 2012 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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S6342 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L

S6342 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

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BILL NUMBER:S6342

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend
the executive law and the social services law, in relation to developing
plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Bill seeks to provide assistance and benefits to female veterans who
have experienced military sexual trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends section 353 of the executive law by adding
new subdivision 21: To develop and encourage plans for
assistance and benefits which
adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans.

Amends the social services law by adding new section 179: any veteran
organization shall provide assistance and benefits to female veterans
which adequately addresses military sexual trauma experienced by such
veterans and developed by the state director of veterans' affairs, or
his or her agent.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many instances those veterans who have returned home from combat
and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a myriad of
experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The experiences and
events they go through can sometimes lead to Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD).

However, female veterans can also go through traumatic experiences
that are not discussed as often as PTSD is. One trauma they go
through in particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The
definition of MST used by the Department of Veteran Affairs is:
psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a VA mental health
professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature,
battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while
the Veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training.

The Department of Veteran Affairs states that in a screening for
military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women responded "yes"
when screened for MST. However, according to Pentagon statistics
nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual assault,
twice as many as in the general population. The Defense Department's
2006 sexual assault report stated that 2,947 incidents were reported
an increase of 73% from 2004.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6342

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- 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  and  the  social  services  law,  in
  relation  to  developing  plans  to adequately address military sexual
  trauma experienced by female veterans

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

  Section  1.    Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 21 to read as follows:
  21. TO DEVELOP AND ENCOURAGE PLANS FOR ASSISTANCE AND  BENEFITS  WHICH
ADEQUATELY  ADDRESS  MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY FEMALE VETER-
ANS.
  S 2. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 179 to
read as follows:
  S 179. ASSISTANCE TO FEMALE VETERANS. PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  TWENTY-
ONE  OF  SECTION  THREE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-THREE  OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, ANY
VETERAN ORGANIZATION DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED
SIXTY-EIGHT OF THIS TITLE  SHALL  PROVIDE  ASSISTANCE  AND  BENEFITS  TO
FEMALE  VETERANS WHICH ADEQUATELY ADDRESS MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERI-
ENCED BY SUCH VETERANS AS DEVELOPED BY THE STATE DIRECTOR  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS OR HIS OR HER AGENT.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-01-2

Co-Sponsors

S6342A - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L

S6342A - Bill Texts

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Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

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

                                 6342--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive  law  and  the  social  services  law,  in
  relation  to  developing  plans  to adequately address military sexual
  trauma experienced by female veterans

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

  Section  1.  Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding two
new subdivisions 21 and 22 to read as follows:
  21. TO DEVELOP AND DIRECT GENDER  SPECIFIC  PROGRAMMING  AT  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  MEDICAL  FACILITIES  WHERE SUCH PROGRAMMING IS DEEMED NECESSARY
AND APPLICABLE, AND WOULD BEST FACILITATE THE RECOVERY OF FEMALE  VETER-
ANS  WHO  HAVE  EXPERIENCED  MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA. FOR THE PURPOSES OF
THIS ARTICLE, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA SHALL  MEAN  PSYCHOLOGICAL  TRAUMA,
WHICH IN THE JUDGMENT OF A VETERANS' AFFAIRS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL,
RESULTED  FROM A PHYSICAL ATTACK OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BATTERY OF A SEXUAL
NATURE OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT WHICH OCCURRED WHILE THE VETERAN WAS SERVING
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING.
  22. TO ENSURE THAT ALL PROFESSIONAL  STAFF  EMPLOYED  AT  A  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  MEDICAL  FACILITY  IS  EDUCATED  AND PROPERLY TRAINED ABOUT THE
EFFECTS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA AND THE TREATMENT OF SUCH CONDITION.
  S 2. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 179 to
read as follows:
  S 179. ASSISTANCE TO FEMALE VETERANS. PURSUANT TO  SUBDIVISIONS  TWEN-
TY-ONE AND TWENTY-TWO OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE OF THE EXECU-
TIVE  LAW,  ANY  VETERAN  ORGANIZATION  DEFINED  IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF
SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT OF THIS TITLE SHALL  PROVIDE  ASSISTANCE
TO FEMALE VETERANS WHICH ADEQUATELY ADDRESS MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPE-
RIENCED BY SUCH VETERANS AS DEVELOPED BY THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS'
AFFAIRS OR HIS OR HER AGENT.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-02-2

Co-Sponsors

S6342B - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L

S6342B - Bill Texts

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Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

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BILL NUMBER:S6342B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to developing plans to
adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To disseminate information to female veterans and make available at
the Department of Veteran Affairs website where they can seek
treatment and counseling for Military Sexual Trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Amends section 353 of the executive law by adding two new
subdivisions 21 and 22:
To disseminate information to female veterans, when applicable,
regarding which veterans affairs centers and other organizations such
female veterans can seek treatment, counseling and resources for
Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Subdivision 22: To establish peer counseling and support services
regarding Military Sexual Trauma for female veterans at one or more
veterans affairs facilities if deemed appropriate and necessary.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many instances those veterans who have returned home from combat
and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a myriad of
experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The experiences and
events they go through can sometimes lead to Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD).

However, female veterans can also go through traumatic experiences
that are not discussed as often as PTSD. One trauma they go through in
particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The definition of MST used
by the Department of Veteran Affairs is: Psychological trauma, which
in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a
physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or
sexual harassment which Occurred while the Veteran was serving on
active duty or active duty for training.

It is imperative that information of where to seek treatment and
counseling for Military Sexual Trauma is afforded to female veterans
and posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Providing
these veterans with this information will enable them to know where to
go for help and services.

The Department of Veteran Affairs states that in a screening for
military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women responded "yes"
when screened for MST. However, according to Pentagon statistics
nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual assault,
twice as many as in the general population. The Defense Department's
2006 sexual assault report stated that 2,947 incidents were reported
an increase of 73% from 2004.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 6342--B

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, ESPAILLAT, PARKER -- read twice and ordered
  printed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veter-
  ans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs --  committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, in relation to developing plans to
  adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veter-
  ans

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

  Section  1.  Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding two
new subdivisions 21 and 22 to read as follows:
  21. TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION TO FEMALE  VETERANS,  WHEN  APPLICABLE,
REGARDING  WHICH  VETERANS' AFFAIRS CENTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUCH
FEMALE VETERANS CAN SEEK TREATMENT, COUNSELING AND RESOURCES  FOR  MILI-
TARY  SEXUAL  TRAUMA.  SUCH  INFORMATION  SHALL BE POSTED ON THE VETERAN
AFFAIRS' WEBSITE. FOR THE PURPOSES  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  MILITARY  SEXUAL
TRAUMA  SHALL  MEAN  PSYCHOLOGICAL  TRAUMA,  WHICH  IN THE JUDGMENT OF A
VETERANS' AFFAIRS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, RESULTED FROM  A  PHYSICAL
ATTACK  OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BATTERY OF A SEXUAL NATURE OR SEXUAL HARASS-
MENT WHICH OCCURRED WHILE THE VETERAN WAS SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY  OR  ON
ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING.
  22.  TO ESTABLISH PEER COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES REGARDING MILI-
TARY SEXUAL TRAUMA FOR FEMALE VETERANS AT ONE OR MORE  VETERAN  AFFAIRS'
FACILITIES IF HE OR SHE DEEMS IT APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-03-2

Co-Sponsors

S6342C - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L

S6342C - Bill Texts

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Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

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BILL NUMBER:S6342C

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing
plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To disseminate information to female
veterans and make available at the Office of Mental Health and
Department of Veteran Affairs websites where they can seek treatment
and counseling for Military Sexual Trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Amends section 7.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding new
subdivision k: The Commissioner of Mental Health shall promulgate
rules and regulations to disseminate information to female veterans,
when applicable, regarding which veterans affairs centers and other
organizations such female veterans can seek treatment, counseling and
resources for Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Such information shall be
posted on the office/s website with a link to the website of the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs and a link to the State
Division of Veterans' Affairs.

Subdivision 1: The Commissioner shall establish peer counseling and
support services regarding Military Sexual Trauma for female veterans
at one or more veterans affairs facilities if deemed appropriate and
necessary.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many instances those veterans who have returned home
from combat and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a
myriad of experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The
experiences and events they go through can sometimes lead to Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

However, female veterans can also go through traumatic experiences
that are not discussed as often as PTSD. One trauma they go through
in particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The definition of MST
used by the Department of Veteran Affairs is: psychological trauma,
which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted
from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual
nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was
serving on active duty or active duty for training.

It is imperative that information of where to seek treatment and
counseling for Military Sexual Trauma is afforded to female veterans
and posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Providing

these veterans with this information will enable them to know where
to go for help and services.

The Department of Veteran Affairs states that in a screening for
military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women responded "yes"
when screened for MST. However, according to Pentagon statistics
nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual assault,
twice as many as in the general population. The Defense Department's
2006 sexual assault report stated that 2,947 incidents were reported
an increase of 73% from 2004.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 6342--C

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, ESPAILLAT, PARKER -- read twice and ordered
  printed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veter-
  ans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs --  committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN  ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing plans
  to adequately address military sexual  trauma  experienced  by  female
  veterans

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

  Section 1.   Section 7.09 of the mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding two new subdivisions (k) and (l) to read as follows:
  (K) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO DISSEM-
INATE  INFORMATION  TO FEMALE VETERANS, WHEN APPLICABLE, REGARDING WHICH
VETERANS' AFFAIRS CENTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUCH  FEMALE  VETERANS
CAN SEEK TREATMENT, COUNSELING AND RESOURCES FOR MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA.
SUCH  INFORMATION SHALL BE POSTED ON THE OFFICE'S WEBSITE WITH A LINK TO
THE WEBSITE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS  AFFAIRS  AND  A
LINK TO THE WEBSITE OF THE STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.  FOR THE
PURPOSES  OF  THIS ARTICLE, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA SHALL MEAN PSYCHOLOG-
ICAL TRAUMA, WHICH IN THE JUDGMENT  OF  A  MENTAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL,
RESULTED  FROM A PHYSICAL ATTACK OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BATTERY OF A SEXUAL
NATURE OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT WHICH OCCURRED WHILE THE VETERAN WAS SERVING
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING.
  (L) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  PEER  COUNSELING  AND  SUPPORT
SERVICES  REGARDING MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA FOR FEMALE VETERANS AT ONE OR
MORE VETERANS' AFFAIRS FACILITIES IF THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS IT APPROPRI-
ATE AND NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-05-2

Co-Sponsors

S6342D (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L

S6342D (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Relates to the development of plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female veterans.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S6342D

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing
plans to adequately address military sexual trauma experienced by female
veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To disseminate information to female veterans and make available at
the Office of Mental Health and Department of Veteran Affairs
websites where they can seek treatment and counseling for Military
Sexual Trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends section 7.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding new
subdivision k: The Commissioner of Mental Health shall promulgate
rules and regulations to disseminate information to female veterans,
when applicable, regarding which veterans affairs centers and other
organizations such female veterans can seek treatment, counseling and
resources for Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Such information shall be
posted on the office/s website with a link to the website of the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs and a link to the State
Division of Veterans' Affairs.

Subdivision 1: The Commissioner shall establish peer counseling and
support services regarding Military Sexual Trauma for female veterans
at one or more veterans affairs facilities if deemed appropriate and
necessary.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many instances those veterans who have returned home from combat
and/or have completed their tour of duty have had a myriad of
experiences that sometimes adversely affect them. The experiences and
events they go through can sometimes lead to Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD).

However, female veterans can also go through traumatic experiences
that are not discussed as often as PTSD. One trauma they go through
in particular is Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The definition of MST
used by the Department of Veteran Affairs is: psychological trauma,
which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted
from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual
nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was
serving on active duty or active duty for training.

It is imperative that information of where to seek treatment and coun-
seling for Military Sexual Trauma is afforded to female veterans and
posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Providing these
veterans with this information will enable them to know where to go
for help and services.

The Department of Veteran Affairs states that in a screening for
military personnel seeking VA healthcare 1 in 5 women responded "yes"
when screened for MST. However, according to pentagon statistics
nearly 1 in 3 women in the military is at risk for sexual assault,


twice as many as in the general population. The Defense Department's
2006 sexual assault
report stated that 2,947 incidents were reported an increase of 73%
from 2004.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 6342--D

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. HUNTLEY, AVELLA, ESPAILLAT, PARKER, RIVERA -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland  Security  and  Military Affairs --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to developing plans
  to adequately address military sexual  trauma  experienced  by  female
  veterans

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

  Section 1.   Section 7.09 of the mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding two new subdivisions (k) and (l) to read as follows:
  (K) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO DISSEM-
INATE  INFORMATION  TO FEMALE VETERANS, WHEN APPLICABLE, REGARDING WHICH
VETERANS' AFFAIRS CENTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUCH  FEMALE  VETERANS
CAN SEEK TREATMENT, COUNSELING AND RESOURCES FOR MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA.
SUCH  INFORMATION SHALL BE POSTED ON THE OFFICE'S WEBSITE WITH A LINK TO
THE WEBSITE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS  AFFAIRS  AND  A
LINK TO THE WEBSITE OF THE STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.  FOR THE
PURPOSES  OF  THIS ARTICLE, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA SHALL MEAN PSYCHOLOG-
ICAL TRAUMA, WHICH IN THE JUDGMENT  OF  A  MENTAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL,
RESULTED  FROM A PHYSICAL ATTACK OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BATTERY OF A SEXUAL
NATURE OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT WHICH OCCURRED WHILE THE VETERAN WAS SERVING
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING.
  (L) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  PEER  COUNSELING  AND  SUPPORT
SERVICES  REGARDING MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA FOR FEMALE VETERANS AT ONE OR
MORE FACILITIES OPERATED OR CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICE IF THE  COMMISSIONER
DEEMS IT APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14203-07-2

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