senate Bill S7326

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of health to establish an opioid treatment and hospital diversion demonstration program

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 13, 2012 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1251
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 15, 2012 reported and committed to finance
May 02, 2012 referred to health

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Jun 13, 2012 - Rules committee Vote

S7326
24
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committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 15, 2012 - Health committee Vote

S7326
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committee
13
Aye
0
Nay
4
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S7326 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10741
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Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3309-b, Pub Health L

S7326 - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of health to establish an opioid addiction treatment and hospital diversion demonstration program.

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BILL NUMBER:S7326

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing an opioid
addiction treatment and hospital diversion demonstration program

PURPOSE:
Directs the commissioner of health to establish an opioid treatment
and hospital diversion demonstration program

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new Public Health Law §331 0 to establish the Opioid
Treatment and Hospital Diversion Demonstration Program. Under the
program the commissioner is authorized to established up to six
demonstrations with, at minimum, one located in each of the following
locations; Western New York, Central New York, State Island,
Brooklyn, and Long Island.
Additionally, this section requires the commissioner to report on the
effectiveness of the demonstration program and recommendations
regarding the expansion of the program.

Section 2 provides the act take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported
that in one year, 27,000 Americans died of unintentional drug
overdoses - that is one death every 19 minutes. Further, the CDC
reported that for every unintentional overdose death related to
opioids, nine persons are admitted for substance abuse treatment and
35 individuals visit emergency departments.
According to a study in the journal Psychiatric Services, substance
abuse disorders are costing states millions of dollars in Medicaid
expenses. This study found that in six states, the Medicaid programs
spent over $200 million more on beneficiaries with substance abuse
disorders than those without.

Presumably, in an effort to cut these costs, both the state and
national government have been supportive of the concept of making
detox an outpatient, rather than inpatient service.
Withdrawal from opioid drugs is generally not life threatening and can
be readily managed in less intensive and costly environments.
However, despite the support of more efficient, cost saving
alternatives, there is a shortage of community options for individuals
seeking assistance with opioid addiction. The lack of available
treatment facilities was raised several times at the recent
roundtables on the prescription drug abuse crisis held by the Senate
Standing Committee on Health and the Senate Standing Committee on
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

This demonstration program aims to address these issues by providing
alternative outpatient short term treatment, avoiding the unnecessary
emergency room costs, and studying the effectiveness of this
treatment model. The demonstration program established herein is
modeled after programs such as the Rose House Hospital Diversion
Program, located in Poughkeepsie, Voices of the Health, Inc., serving


Washington and Warren County, and the Essex County Crisis Alternatives
Program - which are all deemed to be successful programs providing
mental health respite services. While there will be costs to the
state associated with the creation of this demonstration, such costs
are expected to be offset by Medicaid savings resulting from the
decrease in emergency room services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
The costs of the program are expected to be offset by Medicaid savings.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7326

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  establishing  an
  opioid   addiction  treatment  and  hospital  diversion  demonstration
  program

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

  Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
3309-b to read as follows:
  S 3309-B. OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT  AND  HOSPITAL  DIVERSION  DEMON-
STRATION  PROGRAM.  1. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE
OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, SHALL,  WITHIN  THE  AMOUNTS
APPROPRIATED  THEREFOR,  ESTABLISH  AN  OPIOID  ADDICTION  TREATMENT AND
HOSPITAL DIVERSION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM SHALL  PROVIDE  A
NEW  MODEL  OF  DETOXIFICATION AND TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS
SEEKING TO RECOVER FROM OPIOID ADDICTION, THEREBY REDUCING  RELIANCE  ON
EMERGENCY  ROOM SERVICES. THE PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF
PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION ADDICTION ON AN OUTPATIENT  OR  NON-MEDICAL
RESIDENTIAL  SHORT-TERM  STAY BASIS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH UP
TO SIX DEMONSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE,  AND  AT  MINIMUM  A  DEMON-
STRATION  SHALL  BE  ESTABLISHED IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS: WESTERN
NEW YORK, CENTRAL NEW YORK, STATEN ISLAND, BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND.
  2. NOT LATER THAN TWO YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS  SECTION,
THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL PROVIDE THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE  STAND-
ING  COMMITTEE  ON HEALTH AND THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE
WITH A WRITTEN EVALUATION OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. SUCH  EVALUATION
SHALL  ADDRESS  THE  OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS TREATMENT MODEL AS IT
RELATES TO PATIENTS, THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY,  HEALTH  CARE  PROVIDERS
AND  HEALTH  CARE  PAYORS, AND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO SERVICES, THE IMPACT
OF THESE SERVICES, THE ASSOCIATED COSTS SAVINGS, AND WHETHER THE  EXPAN-
SION OF THIS OR SIMILAR MODELS ARE RECOMMENDED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15691-01-2

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