assembly Bill A6787

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by OPWDD for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to mental health
Apr 18, 2013 referred to mental health

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A6787 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S989
Current Committee:
Assembly Mental Health
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง41.59, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S5209
2011-2012: S3020
2015-2016: A511, S1908
2017-2018: A501, S3630
2019-2020: A1734, S4563
2021-2022: A6070, S5079

A6787 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by the office for people with developmental disabilities for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments.

A6787 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  6787

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Mental Health

AN  ACT  to  amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing a
  program of tiered eligibility for services offered by the  office  for
  people with developmental disabilities for persons with learning disa-
  bilities and other complex neurological impairments

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

  Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a  new  section
41.59 to read as follows:
S 41.59 TIERED SERVICES ELIGIBILITY.
  1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS THAT
INDIVIDUALS  WITH  LEARNING  DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL
IMPAIRMENTS ARE OFTEN NOT PROVIDED ESSENTIAL  SUPPORT  AND  HABILITATIVE
SERVICES  DUE TO THE LACK OF ESTABLISHED OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOP-
MENTAL DISABILITIES' ELIGIBILITY PROTOCOLS.  THIS  INCLUDES  INDIVIDUALS
WITH  LEARNING DISABILITIES, HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS,
SUCH AS ASPERGER'S SYNDROME, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL-
LY BASED COGNITIVE DISABILITIES. UNFORTUNATELY,  THESE  INDIVIDUALS  ARE
THEN  LEFT TO NAVIGATE THEIR LIVES AND THE CHALLENGES OF THEIR DISABILI-
TIES WITH MINIMAL OR NO ASSISTANCE. AS A RESULT, SUCH INDIVIDUALS  OFTEN
LEAD  LIVES  OF GREAT DIFFICULTY AND VULNERABILITY THAT MAY INCLUDE, BUT
ARE NOT LIMITED TO, EXTENDED PERIODS OF INCARCERATION, LIFELONG  DEPEND-
ENCE  ON  PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND VICTIMIZATION, COUPLED
WITH MANY OTHER NEGATIVE AND COSTLY OUTCOMES. IN RESPONSE TO THIS  GROW-
ING PROBLEM, THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY DIRECTS THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP-
MENTAL  DISABILITIES TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM OF TIERED ELIGI-
BILITY FOR OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES'  SERVICES
FOR  PERSONS  WITH  LEARNING DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL
IMPAIRMENTS. THIS TIERED SERVICE-DELIVERY MODEL WOULD ALLOW SERVICES  TO
BE  TARGETED AND BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL'S SPECIFIC NEEDS, WHICH FOR SOME

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