senate Bill S6640

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 03, 2012 approval memo.15
signed chap.463
Sep 21, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 04, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.895
substituted for s6640
Jun 04, 2012 substituted by a9415
May 30, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 23, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 22, 2012 1st report cal.895
Mar 07, 2012 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

Votes

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May 22, 2012 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: May 22, 2012

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S6640 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9415
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง352, Exec L

S6640 - Summary

Enacts the "Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act"; directs the veterans affairs commission to develop and update a New York state interagency plan to improve outreach, assessment and care for veterans and their families who are experiencing mental health, major depression and/or substance abuse problems; requires a report be issued each year after the effective date.

S6640 - Sponsor Memo

S6640 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6640

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  DeFRANCISCO,  CARLUCCI  -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Veter-
  ans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "Veterans
  Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act"

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

  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, especially in Iraq and
Afghanistan, 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  consequences  of  co-occurring  disorders,
particularly when untreated or poorly treated, are severe. These  disor-
ders  increase  the  cost of healthcare due to the frequent use of inpa-
tient treatment, the inability to adhere to such treatment, the risk  of
suicide, crime victimization, homelessness, and incarceration.
  The  legislature  further  finds that the unemployment rate and fierce
competition for a sparse selection  of  jobs  contribute  to  the  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".
  S 3. Section 352 of the executive law is amended  by  adding  two  new
subdivisions 6 and 7 to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03276-03-2

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