senate Bill S7072

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the definition of autism

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Apr 27, 2012 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

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S7072 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9983
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1.03, Ment Hyg L

S7072 - Summary

Relates to the definition of autism.

S7072 - Sponsor Memo

S7072 - Bill Text download pdf

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

    S. 7072                                                  A. 9983

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             April 27, 2012
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sen.  McDONALD -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Mental
  Health and Developmental Disabilities

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI, ORTIZ -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Mental Health

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the definition of
  autism

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

  Section 1. Section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 59 to read as follows:
  59.  "AUTISM"  MEANS A PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER THAT MEETS ANY
OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
  (A) AUTISTIC DISORDER, WHICH IS:
  (I) THE DIAGNOSES OF AT LEAST SIX OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS,  WITH  AT
LEAST  TWO  SYMPTOMS  COMING  FROM  CLAUSE ONE OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH, ONE
SYMPTOM COMING FROM CLAUSE TWO OF THIS  SUBPARAGRAPH,  AND  ONE  SYMPTOM
COMING FROM CLAUSE THREE OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH.
  (1)  QUALITATIVE IMPAIRMENT IN SOCIAL INTERACTION, AS MANIFESTED BY AT
LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) MARKED IMPAIRMENT IN THE USE OF MULTIPLE, NONVERBAL BEHAVIORS SUCH
AS EYE-TO-EYE GAZE, FACIAL EXPRESSION, BODY POSTURES, AND  GESTURES,  TO
REGULATE SOCIAL INTERACTION.
  (B) FAILURE TO DEVELOP PEER RELATIONSHIPS APPROPRIATE TO DEVELOPMENTAL
LEVEL.
  (C)  A  LACK  OF SPONTANEOUS SEEKING TO SHARE ENJOYMENT, INTERESTS, OR
ACHIEVEMENTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE (E.G., BY A LACK OF SHOWING, BRINGING, OR
POINTING OUT OBJECTS OF INTEREST).
  (D) LACK OF SOCIAL OR EMOTIONAL RECIPROCITY.
  (2) QUALITATIVE IMPAIRMENTS IN COMMUNICATION AS MANIFESTED BY AT LEAST
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) DELAY IN, OR TOTAL LACK OF, THE  DEVELOPMENT  OF  SPOKEN  LANGUAGE
(NOT  ACCOMPANIED  BY AN ATTEMPT TO COMPENSATE THROUGH ALTERNATIVE MODES
OF COMMUNICATION SUCH AS GESTURE OR MIME).
  (B) IN INDIVIDUALS WITH ADEQUATE  SPEECH,  MARKED  IMPAIRMENT  IN  THE
ABILITY TO INITIATE OR SUSTAIN A CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS.

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