senate Bill S6420

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "people first act of 2012"

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Jun 06, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Feb 07, 2012 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

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S6420 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9402
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง13.15 & 16.01, Ment Hyg L

S6420 - Summary

Enacts the "people first act of 2012"; defines terms; ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities who utilize long-term care services under the medical assistance program administered by the state have meaningful access to a reasonable array of community-based and institutional program options to ensure the well-being of such individuals.

S6420 - Sponsor Memo

S6420 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6420

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law,  in  relation  to  enacting  the
  "people first act of 2012"

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

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "people first act of 2012".
  S  2.  Legislative  findings.  It  is the intent of the legislature to
ensure that individuals  with  developmental  disabilities  who  utilize
long-term  care  services under the medical assistance program and other
long-term care related benefit programs administered by the  state  have
meaningful  access to a reasonable array of community-based and institu-
tional program options and to ensure the well-being of individuals  with
developmental  disabilities,  taking  into  account  their  informed and
expressed choices. Furthermore, the legislature declares that it is  the
policy  of  the  state  to  ensure  that the clinical, habilitative, and
social needs of individuals with developmental disabilities  who  choose
to  reside  in  integrated community-based settings can have those needs
met in integrated community-based settings.  In  order  to  meaningfully
comply  with  this  policy,  the state must have an understanding of the
existing capacity  in  integrated-community  based  settings,  including
direct  support professionals and licensed professionals, such as physi-
cians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and psychiatrists, as well
as residential capacity to provide for these needs.
  It is further the intent of the legislature to support  the  satisfac-
tion  and  success of consumers through the delivery of quality services
and supports. Evaluation of the services that consumers receive is a key
aspect to the service system. Utilizing the information  that  consumers
and  their  families provide about such services in a reliable and mean-
ingful way is also critical to enable the commissioner of  developmental
disabilities  to  assess  the  performance  of the state's developmental
services system and to improve services for consumers in the future.  To

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

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