senate Bill S2882A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the pandemic preparedness task force

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S2882 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §719, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4985A
2009-2010: S1561

S2882 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the pandemic preparedness task force comprised of eighteen members; prepares an influenza pandemic plan; provides that they shall meet at least six times per year; provides no member shall receive compensation but are allowed actual and necessary expenses; requires such task force shall report to the governor and the legislature within two years.

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BILL NUMBER:S2882

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to estab-
lishing a pandemic preparedness task force

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

1. The pandemic preparedness task force shall be composed of eighteen
members who shall be representative of state government, the public
health field, health care services providers, emergency response organ-
izations and agriculture.

2. The task force shall prepare an influenza pandemic plan.

3. The task force shall:

(a) delineate accountability and responsibility among agencies involved;

(b) clarify which activities will be performed at a state, local or
coordinated level;

(c) address integration across regional boundaries;

(d) formalize agreements with neighboring jurisdictions;

(e) address the provision of psycho social support services;

(f) test a communication operational plan;

(g) identify all authorities responsible for executing the influenza
pandemic plan;

(h) clarify the process for requesting, coordinating and approving
requests for resources;

(i) create an incident command system;

(j) assist in establishing and promoting community-based task forces;

(k) identify the authority responsible for declaring a public health
emergency at the state and local levels;

(l) educate law enforcement officials so that they can pre-plan for
their families to sustain themselves during the emergency;

(m) ensure that the plans are scalable to the magnitude and severity of
the pandemic;

(n) share influenza data;

(o) obtain and track information daily during a pandemic;

(p) inform front-line clinicians and laboratory personnel of protocols
for safe specimen collection and testing;

(q) test the influenza pandemic plan;

(r) ensure all components of the health care delivery network are
included in the influenza pandemic plan and that the special needs of
vulnerable and hard-to-reach patients are addressed;

(s) ensure that the plan provides for real-time situational awareness of
patient visits, hospital bed and intensive care needs, medical supply
needs and medical staffing needs;

(t) test the influenza pandemic plan for surge capacity;

(u) obtain credentials of volunteer health care personnel in order to
meet staffing needs during a pandemic;

(v) ensure healthcare facilities have tested a plan for isolating
patients;

(w) ensure the health alert network in the jurisdiction reaches at least
80% of all healthcare personnel;

(x) craft messages to help educate healthcare providers and the public
about personal preparedness methods;

(y) develop and test a plan to regularly update providers as the pandem-
ic unfolds;

(z) ensure local health authorities have access to EPI-X and are trained
to use it;

(aa) work to develop state-based plans for vaccine distribution;

(bb) ensure access to vaccines during a pandemic;

(cc) delineate procedures for tracking the number and priority of
vaccine recipients;

(dd) address vaccine security issues;

(ee) address the needs of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations in
the influenza pandemic plan;

(ff) document with written agreements the commitments of participating
personnel and organizations in the vaccination operational plan;

(gg) inform the public as to where vaccinations will take place;

(hh) develop state based plans for distribution and use of antiviral
drugs during a pandemic via the Strategic National Stockpile;

(ii) test the operational plan that addresses the procurement of treat-
ment during a pandemic;

(jj) ensure the jurisdiction has a contingency plan if unlicensed anti-
viral drugs are needed;

(kk) exercise the jurisdiction's plan to investigate and contain poten-
tial cases or local outbreaks of influenza;

(ll) exercise the jurisdiction's containment operational plan;

(mm) ensure the jurisdiction has exercised the operational plan to
implement various levels of movement restriction. within. to and from
the jurisdiction;

(nn) inform all citizens in advance of the containment procedures;

(oo) assess readiness to meet communication needs;

(pp) plan and coordinate emergency communication activities with private
industry. education and non-profit partners;

(qq) identify and train lead subject-specific spokespersons;

(rr) provide public health communications staff with training on risk
communications for use during an influenza pandemic:

(ss) develop and maintain up-to-date communications contacts;

(tt) implement and maintain, community resources to respond to local
questions from the public;

(uu) ensure the provision of communication systems that allow for the
expedited transmission and receipt of information; and

(vv) assure the development of public health messages has included the
expertise of behavioral health experts.

4. The task force shall meet at least six times a year.

5. The members shall receive no compensation for their services. but
shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses.

6. The task force shall report to the governor and the legislature with
a preliminary draft of the influenza pandemic plan on or before July
first, 2014 and a final plan on or before December thirty-first, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION: Pandemics happen when a novel influenza virus emerges
that infects and can be efficiently transmitted between humans. Animals
arc the most likely reservoir for these emerging viruses; avian viruses
played a role in the last three influenza pandemics. Two of these

pandemic-causing viruses remain in circulation and are responsible for
the majority of influenza cases each year.

Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. This legislation is based
on a checklist designed by the Department of Health and Human Services
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist state and
local jurisdictions to adequately prepare for disease outbreaks.

The task force shall draft an "Influenza Pandemic Plan", the purpose of
such plan is to provide a protocol for the detection and response to an
influenza pandemic; to provide guidance to local health departments and
local information network and communication system agencies in the
development of their influenza pandemic plans; and to provide guidance
to other public health care partners regarding their roles related to an
influenza pandemic.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.4985A; 2009-10 S.1561; 2007-08, S.935;
2005-06, S7634.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1 next succeeding
the date on which this act shall have become law; provided that the
appointments required to be made pursuant to subdivision I of section
719 of the executive law, as added by section one of this act, shall be
made on or before such effective date.

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

                                  2882

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a pandem-
  ic preparedness task force

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

  Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 719 to
read as follows:
  S  719.  PANDEMIC  PREPAREDNESS  TASK FORCE. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB-
LISHED IN THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY A PANDEMIC  PREPAREDNESS  TASK
FORCE  TO  BE COMPOSED OF EIGHTEEN MEMBERS WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED IN THE
FOLLOWING MANNER: THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
THE SENATE; TWO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE;
THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY;  TWO  SHALL  BE
APPOINTED  BY  THE  MINORITY  LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY; AND EIGHT SHALL BE
APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. THE GOVERNOR SHALL DESIGNATE THE  CHAIRPERSON
OF THE TASK FORCE. THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE REPRESENTATIVE
OF  STATE  GOVERNMENT,  THE  PUBLIC  HEALTH  FIELD, HEALTH CARE SERVICES
PROVIDERS,  EMERGENCY  RESPONSE  ORGANIZATIONS  AND  AGRICULTURE.   SUCH
APPOINTING  OFFICIALS  SHALL  EITHER REPLACE OR REAPPOINT THE MEMBERS OF
SUCH COMMITTEE FOR THREE YEAR TERMS, ACCORDING TO THE  FOLLOWING  SCHED-
ULE:
  (A)  EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN: ANY THREE ORIGINAL
APPOINTEES OF THE GOVERNOR, ONE  ORIGINAL  APPOINTEE  OF  THE  TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE, ONE ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE SPEAKER OF THE
ASSEMBLY AND ONE ORIGINAL  APPOINTEE  OF  THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF  THE
SENATE;
  (B)  EFFECTIVE  JANUARY  FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN: ANY THREE OF THE
REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE  GOVERNOR,  ONE  OF  THE  REMAINING
ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ONE OF THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06150-01-3

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REMAINING  ORIGINAL  APPOINTEES  OF  THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND ONE
ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (C) EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN: THE TWO REMAINING
ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE GOVERNOR, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF
THE  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE
OF THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF  THE
MINORITY  LEADER  OF  THE SENATE AND THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF
THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (D) REPLACEMENTS OR REAPPOINTMENTS THEREAFTER SHALL  BE  MADE  AT  THE
EXPIRATION  OF  THE  TERM OF EACH MEMBER, BY THE APPOINTING OFFICIAL WHO
ORIGINALLY APPOINTED SUCH MEMBER; AND
  (E) VACANCIES SHALL BE FILLED BY APPOINTMENT IN LIKE MANNER FOR  UNEX-
PIRED TERMS.
  2.  THE TASK FORCE SHALL PREPARE AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN. SUCH PLAN
SHALL SET FORTH:
  (A) A PROTOCOL FOR THE DETECTION  OF  AND  RESPONSE  TO  AN  INFLUENZA
PANDEMIC;
  (B) GUIDANCE TO LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION NETWORK
AND  COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AGENCIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR INFLUENZA
PANDEMIC PLANS; AND
  (C) GUIDANCE TO OTHER PUBLIC  HEALTH  CARE  PARTNERS  REGARDING  THEIR
ROLES RELATED TO AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC.
  3.  IN  ADDITION TO PREPARING THE PLAN SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF
THIS SECTION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL:
  (A) DELINEATE ACCOUNTABILITY  AND  RESPONSIBILITY,  CAPABILITIES,  AND
RESOURCES FOR AGENCIES ENGAGED IN PLANNING AND EXECUTING SPECIFIC COMPO-
NENTS  OF  THE  INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN TO ASSURE THAT THE PLAN INCLUDES
TIMELINES, DELIVERABLES, AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES;
  (B) CLARIFY WHICH ACTIVITIES WILL BE PERFORMED AT A STATE,  LOCAL,  OR
COORDINATED LEVEL, AND INDICATE WHAT ROLE THE STATE WILL HAVE IN PROVID-
ING GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE;
  (C)  ADDRESS  INTEGRATION  OF  STATE,  LOCAL, TRIBAL, TERRITORIAL, AND
REGIONAL PLANS ACROSS JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES IN THE PLAN;
  (D) FORMALIZE AGREEMENTS WITH NEIGHBORING  JURISDICTIONS  AND  ADDRESS
COMMUNICATION, MUTUAL AID, AND OTHER CROSS-JURISDICTIONAL NEEDS;
  (E)  ADDRESS PROVISION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE COMMU-
NITY, INCLUDING PATIENTS AND  THEIR  FAMILIES,  AND  THOSE  AFFECTED  BY
COMMUNITY CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES IN THE PLAN;
  (F)  TEST  A  COMMUNICATION  OPERATIONAL  PLAN THAT: (I) ADDRESSES THE
NEEDS OF TARGETED PUBLIC, PRIVATE SECTOR, GOVERNMENTAL,  PUBLIC  HEALTH,
MEDICAL,  AND  EMERGENCY  RESPONSE  AUDIENCES;  (II) IDENTIFIES PRIORITY
CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION; (III) DELINEATES THE NETWORK OF COMMUNICATION
PERSONNEL, INCLUDING LEAD SPOKESPERSONS AND PERSONS TRAINED IN EMERGENCY
RISK COMMUNICATIONS; AND (IV) LINKS TO OTHER COMMUNICATION NETWORKS;
  (G) IDENTIFY FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS THE  LEGAL  AUTHORITIES  RESPONSIBLE
FOR  EXECUTING THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN, ESPECIALLY THOSE AUTHORITIES
RESPONSIBLE FOR CASE  IDENTIFICATION,  ISOLATION,  QUARANTINE,  MOVEMENT
RESTRICTION, HEALTHCARE SERVICES, EMERGENCY CARE, AND MUTUAL AID;
  (H)  MAKE CLEAR TO ALL AGENCIES THE PROCESS FOR REQUESTING, COORDINAT-
ING, AND APPROVING REQUESTS FOR RESOURCES TO STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES;
  (I) CREATE AN INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM FOR THE PANDEMIC PLAN  BASED  ON
THE  NATIONAL  INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND EXERCISE THIS SYSTEM ALONG
WITH OTHER OPERATIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN;
  (J) ASSIST IN ESTABLISHING AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY-BASED  TASK  FORCES
THAT SUPPORT HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS ON A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BASIS;

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  (K)  IDENTIFY  THE AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLE FOR DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH
EMERGENCY AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS AND  FOR  OFFICIALLY  ACTIVATING
THE PANDEMIC INFLUENZA RESPONSE PLAN;
  (L)  IDENTIFY  THE  STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WHO WILL
MAINTAIN PUBLIC ORDER AND HELP IMPLEMENT CONTROL MEASURES AND  DETERMINE
IN  ADVANCE  WHAT  WILL  CONSTITUTE  A  "LAW  ENFORCEMENT" EMERGENCY AND
EDUCATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SO THAT THEY CAN  PRE-PLAN  FOR  THEIR
FAMILIES TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES DURING THE EMERGENCY;
  (M)  ENSURE  THAT THE PLANS ARE SCALABLE TO THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY
OF THE PANDEMIC AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES;
  (N) LINK AND ROUTINELY SHARE INFLUENZA  DATA  FROM  ANIMAL  AND  HUMAN
HEALTH SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS;
  (O) OBTAIN AND TRACK INFORMATION DAILY DURING A PANDEMIC (COORDINATING
WITH EPIDEMIOLOGIC AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL) ON THE NUMBERS AND LOCATION OF
NEWLY  HOSPITALIZED CASES, NEWLY QUARANTINED PERSONS, AND HOSPITALS WITH
PANDEMIC INFLUENZA CASES AND USE SUCH REPORTS  TO  DETERMINE  PRIORITIES
AMONG COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION EFFORTS;
  (P)  INFORM FRONTLINE CLINICIANS AND LABORATORY PERSONNEL OF PROTOCOLS
FOR SAFE SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND TESTING, HOW AND TO  WHOM  A  POTENTIAL
CASE  OF  NOVEL  INFLUENZA  SHOULD  BE REPORTED, AND THE INDICATIONS AND
MECHANISM FOR SUBMITTING SPECIMENS TO REFERRAL LABORATORIES;
  (Q) TEST THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN FOR  THE  HEALTHCARE  SECTOR  (AS
PART OF THE OVERALL PLAN) THAT ADDRESSES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE: (I) HEALTH-
CARE  OF PERSONS WITH INFLUENZA DURING A PANDEMIC; (II) THE LEGAL ISSUES
THAT CAN AFFECT STAFFING AND PATIENT CARE; (III) CONTINUITY OF  SERVICES
FOR OTHER PATIENTS; (IV) PROTECTION OF THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE; AND (V)
MEDICAL SUPPLY CONTINGENCY PLANS;
  (R)  ENSURE  ALL  COMPONENTS OF THE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY NETWORK (E.G.,
HOSPITALS, LONG-TERM CARE, HOME CARE, EMERGENCY CARE)  ARE  INCLUDED  IN
THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN AND THAT THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF VULNERABLE AND
HARD-TO-REACH PATIENTS ARE ADDRESSED;
  (S)  ENSURE THAT THE PLAN PROVIDES FOR REAL-TIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
OF PATIENT VISITS, HOSPITAL BED AND INTENSIVE CARE NEEDS, MEDICAL SUPPLY
NEEDS, AND MEDICAL STAFFING NEEDS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (T) TEST THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN FOR SURGE CAPACITY OF  HEALTHCARE
SERVICES,  WORKFORCE, AND SUPPLIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE JURISDICTION
DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (U) DETERMINE WHAT CONSTITUTES A MEDICAL STAFFING EMERGENCY AND  EXER-
CISE  THE  INFLUENZA  PANDEMIC PLAN TO OBTAIN APPROPRIATE CREDENTIALS OF
VOLUNTEER HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL (INCLUDING IN-STATE, OUT-OF-STATE, INTER-
NATIONAL, RETURNING RETIRED, AND NON-MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS) TO MEET  STAFF-
ING NEEDS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (V)  ENSURE  HEALTHCARE  FACILITIES  IN THE JURISDICTION HAVE TESTED A
PLAN FOR ISOLATING AND COHORTING PATIENTS WITH KNOWN OR SUSPECTED INFLU-
ENZA, FOR TRAINING CLINICIANS, AND FOR SUPPORTING THE NEEDS FOR PERSONAL
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT;
  (W) ENSURE THE HEALTH ALERT NETWORK IN  THE  JURISDICTION  REACHES  AT
LEAST  EIGHTY  PERCENT OF ALL PRACTICING, LICENSED, FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE
PERSONNEL AND LINKS VIA THE  COMMUNICATION  NETWORK  TO  OTHER  PANDEMIC
RESPONDERS;
  (X)  CRAFT  MESSAGES  TO HELP EDUCATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ABOUT NOVEL
AND PANDEMIC INFLUENZA, AND INFECTION CONTROL AND  CLINICAL  GUIDELINES,
AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS METHODS;
  (Y)  DEVELOP  AND  TEST  A PLAN (AS PART OF THE COMMUNICATION PLAN) TO
REGULARLY UPDATE PROVIDERS AS THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC UNFOLDS;

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  (Z) ENSURE APPROPRIATE LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE ACCESS  TO  EPI-X
AND ARE TRAINED IN ITS USE;
  (AA)  WORK  WITH HEALTHCARE PARTNERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO DEVELOP
STATE-BASED PLANS FOR VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, USE, AND MONITORING; AND FOR
COMMUNICATION OF VACCINE STATUS;
  (BB) EXERCISE AN OPERATIONAL  PLAN  THAT  ADDRESSES  THE  PROCUREMENT,
STORAGE,   SECURITY,  DISTRIBUTION,  AND  MONITORING  ACTIONS  NECESSARY
(INCLUDING VACCINE SAFETY) TO ENSURE ACCESS TO  THIS  PRODUCT  DURING  A
PANDEMIC;
  (CC)  ENSURE  THE  INFLUENZA  PANDEMIC  PLAN DELINEATES PROCEDURES FOR
TRACKING THE NUMBER AND PRIORITY OF VACCINE  RECIPIENTS,  WHERE  AND  BY
WHOM  VACCINATIONS  WILL BE GIVEN, A DISTRIBUTION PLAN FOR ENSURING THAT
VACCINE AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL POINTS
OF DISTRIBUTION IN THE COMMUNITY, THE SECURITY  AND  LOGISTICAL  SUPPORT
FOR  THE  POINTS  OF  DISTRIBUTION,  AND  THE  TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR
INVOLVED PERSONNEL;
  (DD) ADDRESS VACCINE SECURITY ISSUES, COLD CHAIN REQUIREMENTS,  TRANS-
PORT  AND  STORAGE  ISSUES,  AND BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE ISSUES IN THE OPERA-
TIONAL PLAN;
  (EE) ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF VULNERABLE AND HARD-TO-REACH POPULATIONS  IN
THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN;
  (FF) DOCUMENT WITH WRITTEN AGREEMENTS THE COMMITMENTS OF PARTICIPATING
PERSONNEL AND ORGANIZATIONS IN THE VACCINATION OPERATIONAL PLAN;
  (GG) INFORM CITIZENS IN ADVANCE ABOUT WHERE THEY WILL BE VACCINATED;
  (HH)  DEVELOP  STATE-BASED PLANS FOR DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ANTIVIRAL
DRUGS DURING A PANDEMIC VIA THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE  (SNS),  AS
APPROPRIATE,  TO  HEALTHCARE  FACILITIES  THAT  WILL  ADMINISTER THEM TO
PRIORITY GROUPS AND ESTABLISH METHODS FOR MONITORING  AND  INVESTIGATING
ADVERSE EVENTS;
  (II)  TEST  THE OPERATIONAL PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THE PROCUREMENT, STOR-
AGE, SECURITY, DISTRIBUTION, AND MONITORING ACTIONS NECESSARY TO  ASSURE
ACCESS TO THESE TREATMENTS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (JJ)  ENSURE  THE  JURISDICTION  HAS  A CONTINGENCY PLAN IF UNLICENSED
ANTIVIRAL DRUGS ADMINISTERED UNDER INVESTIGATIONAL NEW DRUG OR EMERGENCY
USE AUTHORIZATION PROVISIONS ARE NEEDED;
  (KK) EXERCISE THE JURISDICTION'S INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN  TO  INVESTI-
GATE  AND CONTAIN POTENTIAL CASES OR LOCAL OUTBREAKS OF INFLUENZA POTEN-
TIALLY CAUSED BY A NOVEL OR PANDEMIC STRAIN;
  (LL) EXERCISE THE JURISDICTION'S  CONTAINMENT  OPERATIONAL  PLAN  THAT
DELINEATES  PROCEDURES  FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE, THE PROCEDURES AND
LEGAL AUTHORITIES FOR IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING THESE CONTAINMENT MEAS-
URES (SUCH AS SCHOOL  CLOSURES,  CANCELING  PUBLIC  TRANSPORTATION,  AND
OTHER  MOVEMENT  RESTRICTIONS WITHIN, TO, AND FROM THE JURISDICTION) AND
THE METHODS THAT WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT,  SERVICE,  AND  MONITOR  THOSE
AFFECTED  BY  THESE CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, OTHER
RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, HOMES, COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AND OTHER SETTINGS;
  (MM) ENSURE THE JURISDICTION HAS EXERCISED  THE  OPERATIONAL  PLAN  TO
IMPLEMENT  VARIOUS  LEVELS OF MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN, TO, AND FROM
THE JURISDICTION;
  (NN) INFORM CITIZENS IN ADVANCE ABOUT WHAT CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES  MAY
BE USED IN THE COMMUNITY;
  (OO)  ASSESS READINESS TO MEET COMMUNICATIONS NEEDS IN PREPARATION FOR
AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC, INCLUDING REGULAR REVIEW, EXERCISE, AND UPDATE OF
COMMUNICATIONS PLANS;

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  (PP) PLAN  AND  COORDINATE  EMERGENCY  COMMUNICATION  ACTIVITIES  WITH
PRIVATE  INDUSTRY,  EDUCATION,  AND NON-PROFIT PARTNERS (E.G., LOCAL RED
CROSS CHAPTERS);
  (QQ) IDENTIFY AND TRAIN LEAD SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SPOKESPERSONS;
  (RR)  PROVIDE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS STAFF WITH TRAINING ON RISK
COMMUNICATIONS FOR USE DURING AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC;
  (SS) DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN UP-TO-DATE COMMUNICATIONS  CONTACTS  OF  KEY
STAKEHOLDERS  AND  EXERCISE  THE  PLAN TO PROVIDE REGULAR UPDATES AS THE
INFLUENZA PANDEMIC UNFOLDS;
  (TT) IMPLEMENT AND MAINTAIN, AS APPROPRIATE, COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SUCH
AS HOTLINES AND WEBSITES, TO RESPOND TO LOCAL QUESTIONS FROM THE  PUBLIC
AND PROFESSIONAL GROUPS;
  (UU)  ENSURE THE PROVISION OF REDUNDANT COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS/CHANNELS
THAT ALLOW FOR THE EXPEDITED TRANSMISSION AND  RECEIPT  OF  INFORMATION;
AND
  (VV) ASSURE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES HAS INCLUDED THE
EXPERTISE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EXPERTS.
  4. THE TASK FORCE SHALL MEET AT LEAST SIX TIMES A YEAR, AT THE REQUEST
OF THE CHAIRPERSON.
  5.  THE  MEMBERS  OF  THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  6. THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE  GOVERNOR  AND  THE  LEGISLATURE
WITH  A  PRELIMINARY  DRAFT  OF  THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN REQUIRED BY
SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION ON OR BEFORE JULY  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND
FOURTEEN  AND A FINAL PLAN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOU-
SAND FOURTEEN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law; provided that the
appointments required to be made pursuant to subdivision  1  of  section
719  of the executive law, as added by section one of this act, shall be
made on or before such effective date.

S2882A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §719, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4985A
2009-2010: S1561

S2882A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes the pandemic preparedness task force comprised of eighteen members; prepares an influenza pandemic plan; provides that they shall meet at least six times per year; provides no member shall receive compensation but are allowed actual and necessary expenses; requires such task force shall report to the governor and the legislature within two years.

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BILL NUMBER:S2882A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
establishing a pandemic preparedness task force

PURPOSE: To establish pandemic preparedness task force.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

1. The pandemic preparedness task force shall be composed of eighteen
members who shall be representative of state government, the public
health field, health care services providers, emergency response
organizations and agriculture.

2. The task force shall prepare an influenza pandemic plan.

3. The task force shall:

(a) delineate accountability and responsibility among agencies
involved;

(b) clarify which activities will be performed at a state, local or
coordinated level;

(c) address integration across regional boundaries;

(d) formalize agreements with neighboring jurisdictions;

(e) address the provision of psycho social support services;

(f) test a communication operational plan;

(g) identify all authorities responsible for executing the influenza
pandemic plan;

(h) clarify the process for requesting, coordinating and approving
requests for resources;

(i) create an incident command system;

(j) assist in establishing and promoting community-based task forces;

(k) identify the authority responsible for declaring a public health
emergency at the state and local levels;

(l) educate law enforcement officials so that they can pre-plan for
their families to sustain themselves during the emergency;

(m) ensure that the plans are scalable to the magnitude and severity
of the pandemic;

(n) share influenza data;

(o) obtain and track information daily during a pandemic;

(p) inform front-line clinicians and laboratory personnel of protocols
for safe specimen collection and testing;


(q) test the influenza pandemic plan;

(r) ensure all components of the health care delivery network are
included in the influenza pandemic plan and that the special needs of
vulnerable and hard-to-reach patients are addressed;

(s) ensure that the plan provides for real-time situational awareness
of patient visits, hospital bed and intensive care needs, medical
supply needs and medical staffing needs;

(t) test the influenza pandemic plan for surge capacity;

(u) obtain credentials of volunteer health care personnel in order to
meet staffing needs during a pandemic;

(v) ensure healthcare facilities have tested a plan for isolating
patients;

(w) ensure the health alert network in the jurisdiction reaches at
least 80% of all healthcare personnel;

(x) craft messages to help educate healthcare providers and the public
about personal preparedness methods;

(y) develop and test a plan to regularly update providers as the
pandemic unfolds;

(z) ensure local health authorities have access to EPI-X and are
trained to use it;

(aa) work to develop state-based plans for vaccine distribution;

(bb) ensure access to vaccines during a pandemic;

(cc) delineate procedures for tracking the number and priority of
vaccine recipients;

(dd) address vaccine security issues;

(ee) address the needs of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations in
the influenza pandemic plan;

(ff) document with written agreements the commitments of participating
personnel and organizations in the vaccination operational plan;

(gg) inform the public as to where vaccinations will take place;

(hh) develop state based plans for distribution and use of antiviral
drugs during a pandemic via the Strategic National Stockpile;

(ii) test the operational plan that addresses the procurement of
treatment during a pandemic;

(jj) ensure the jurisdiction has a contingency plan if unlicensed
anti-viral drugs are needed;


(kk) exercise the jurisdiction's plan to investigate and contain
potential cases or local outbreaks of influenza;

(ll) exercise the jurisdiction's containment operational plan;

(mm) ensure the jurisdiction has exercised the operational plan to
implement various levels of movement restriction within to and from
the jurisdiction;

(nn) inform all citizens in advance of the containment procedures;

(oo) assess readiness to meet communication needs;

(pp) plan and coordinate emergency communication activities with
private industry education and non-profit partners;

(qq) identify and train lead subject-specific spokespersons;

(rr) provide public health communications staff with training on risk
communications for use during an influenza pandemic:

(ss) develop and maintain up-to-date communications contacts;

(tt) implement and maintain, community resources to respond to local
questions from the public;

(uu) ensure the provision of communication systems that allow for the
expedited transmission and receipt of information; and

(vv) assure the development of public health messages has included the
expertise of behavioral health experts.

4. The task force shall meet at least six times a year.

5. The members shall receive no compensation for their services but
shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses.

6. The task force shall report to the governor and the legislature
with a preliminary draft of the influenza pandemic plan on or before
July first, 2015 and a final plan on or before December thirty-first,
2015.

JUSTIFICATION: Pandemics happen when a novel influenza virus emerges
that infects and can be efficiently transmitted between humans.
Animals are the most likely reservoir for these emerging viruses;
avian viruses played a role in the last three influenza pandemics. Two
of these pandemic-causing viruses remain in circulation and are
responsible for the majority of influenza cases each year.

Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. This legislation is based
on a checklist designed by the Department of Health and Human Services
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist state and
local jurisdictions to adequately prepare for disease outbreaks.

The task force shall draft an "Influenza Pandemic Plan", the purpose
of such plan is to provide a protocol for the detection and response
to an influenza pandemic; to provide guidance to local health


departments and local information network and communication system
agencies in the development of their influenza pandemic plans; and to
provide guidance to other public health care partners regarding their
roles related to an influenza pandemic.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.4985A; 2009-10 S.1561; 2007-08, S.935;
2005-06, S7634.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1 next succeeding
the date on which this act shall have become law; provided that the
appointments required to be made pursuant to subdivision 1 of section
719 of the executive law, as added by section one of this act, shall
be made on or before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 2882--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Veterans,
  Homeland  Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a pandem-
  ic preparedness task force

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

  Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 719 to
read as follows:
  S 719. PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS TASK FORCE. 1.  THERE  IS  HEREBY  ESTAB-
LISHED  IN  THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY A PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS TASK
FORCE TO BE COMPOSED OF EIGHTEEN MEMBERS WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED  IN  THE
FOLLOWING MANNER: THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
THE SENATE; TWO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE;
THREE  SHALL  BE  APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY; TWO SHALL BE
APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY;  AND  EIGHT  SHALL  BE
APPOINTED  BY THE GOVERNOR. THE GOVERNOR SHALL DESIGNATE THE CHAIRPERSON
OF THE TASK FORCE. THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE REPRESENTATIVE
OF STATE GOVERNMENT, THE  PUBLIC  HEALTH  FIELD,  HEALTH  CARE  SERVICES
PROVIDERS,   EMERGENCY  RESPONSE  ORGANIZATIONS  AND  AGRICULTURE.  SUCH
APPOINTING OFFICIALS SHALL EITHER REPLACE OR REAPPOINT  THE  MEMBERS  OF
SUCH  COMMITTEE  FOR THREE YEAR TERMS, ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHED-
ULE:
  (A) EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN: ANY THREE  ORIGINAL
APPOINTEES  OF  THE  GOVERNOR,  ONE  ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ONE ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE  SPEAKER  OF  THE
ASSEMBLY  AND  ONE  ORIGINAL  APPOINTEE  OF  THE  MINORITY LEADER OF THE
SENATE;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06150-02-4

S. 2882--A                          2

  (B) EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN: ANY THREE OF  THE
REMAINING  ORIGINAL  APPOINTEES  OF  THE  GOVERNOR, ONE OF THE REMAINING
ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ONE OF THE
REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE SPEAKER OF  THE  ASSEMBLY  AND  ONE
ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (C)  EFFECTIVE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN: THE TWO REMAINING
ORIGINAL APPOINTEES OF THE GOVERNOR, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF
THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL  APPOINTEE
OF  THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE REMAINING ORIGINAL APPOINTEE OF THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE AND THE REMAINING  ORIGINAL  APPOINTEE  OF
THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (D)  REPLACEMENTS  OR  REAPPOINTMENTS  THEREAFTER SHALL BE MADE AT THE
EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF EACH MEMBER, BY THE  APPOINTING  OFFICIAL  WHO
ORIGINALLY APPOINTED SUCH MEMBER; AND
  (E)  VACANCIES SHALL BE FILLED BY APPOINTMENT IN LIKE MANNER FOR UNEX-
PIRED TERMS.
  2. THE TASK FORCE SHALL PREPARE AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN. SUCH  PLAN
SHALL SET FORTH:
  (A)  A  PROTOCOL  FOR  THE  DETECTION  OF AND RESPONSE TO AN INFLUENZA
PANDEMIC;
  (B) GUIDANCE TO LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION NETWORK
AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AGENCIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR  INFLUENZA
PANDEMIC PLANS; AND
  (C)  GUIDANCE  TO  OTHER  PUBLIC  HEALTH CARE PARTNERS REGARDING THEIR
ROLES RELATED TO AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC.
  3. IN ADDITION TO PREPARING THE PLAN SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF
THIS SECTION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL:
  (A)  DELINEATE  ACCOUNTABILITY  AND  RESPONSIBILITY, CAPABILITIES, AND
RESOURCES FOR AGENCIES ENGAGED IN PLANNING AND EXECUTING SPECIFIC COMPO-
NENTS OF THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN TO ASSURE THAT  THE  PLAN  INCLUDES
TIMELINES, DELIVERABLES, AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES;
  (B)  CLARIFY  WHICH ACTIVITIES WILL BE PERFORMED AT A STATE, LOCAL, OR
COORDINATED LEVEL, AND INDICATE WHAT ROLE THE STATE WILL HAVE IN PROVID-
ING GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE;
  (C) ADDRESS INTEGRATION OF  STATE,  LOCAL,  TRIBAL,  TERRITORIAL,  AND
REGIONAL PLANS ACROSS JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES IN THE PLAN;
  (D)  FORMALIZE  AGREEMENTS  WITH NEIGHBORING JURISDICTIONS AND ADDRESS
COMMUNICATION, MUTUAL AID, AND OTHER CROSS-JURISDICTIONAL NEEDS;
  (E) ADDRESS PROVISION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE  COMMU-
NITY,  INCLUDING  PATIENTS  AND  THEIR  FAMILIES,  AND THOSE AFFECTED BY
COMMUNITY CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES IN THE PLAN;
  (F) TEST A COMMUNICATION OPERATIONAL  PLAN  THAT:  (I)  ADDRESSES  THE
NEEDS  OF  TARGETED PUBLIC, PRIVATE SECTOR, GOVERNMENTAL, PUBLIC HEALTH,
MEDICAL, AND EMERGENCY  RESPONSE  AUDIENCES;  (II)  IDENTIFIES  PRIORITY
CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION; (III) DELINEATES THE NETWORK OF COMMUNICATION
PERSONNEL, INCLUDING LEAD SPOKESPERSONS AND PERSONS TRAINED IN EMERGENCY
RISK COMMUNICATIONS; AND (IV) LINKS TO OTHER COMMUNICATION NETWORKS;
  (G)  IDENTIFY  FOR  ALL STAKEHOLDERS THE LEGAL AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE
FOR EXECUTING THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN, ESPECIALLY THOSE  AUTHORITIES
RESPONSIBLE  FOR  CASE  IDENTIFICATION,  ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, MOVEMENT
RESTRICTION, HEALTHCARE SERVICES, EMERGENCY CARE, AND MUTUAL AID;
  (H) MAKE CLEAR TO ALL AGENCIES THE PROCESS FOR REQUESTING,  COORDINAT-
ING, AND APPROVING REQUESTS FOR RESOURCES TO STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES;
  (I)  CREATE  AN INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM FOR THE PANDEMIC PLAN BASED ON
THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND EXERCISE THIS  SYSTEM  ALONG
WITH OTHER OPERATIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN;

S. 2882--A                          3

  (J)  ASSIST  IN ESTABLISHING AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY-BASED TASK FORCES
THAT SUPPORT HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS ON A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BASIS;
  (K)  IDENTIFY  THE AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLE FOR DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH
EMERGENCY AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS AND  FOR  OFFICIALLY  ACTIVATING
THE PANDEMIC INFLUENZA RESPONSE PLAN;
  (L)  IDENTIFY  THE  STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WHO WILL
MAINTAIN PUBLIC ORDER AND HELP IMPLEMENT CONTROL MEASURES AND  DETERMINE
IN  ADVANCE  WHAT  WILL  CONSTITUTE  A  "LAW  ENFORCEMENT" EMERGENCY AND
EDUCATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SO THAT THEY CAN  PRE-PLAN  FOR  THEIR
FAMILIES TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES DURING THE EMERGENCY;
  (M)  ENSURE  THAT THE PLANS ARE SCALABLE TO THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY
OF THE PANDEMIC AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES;
  (N) LINK AND ROUTINELY SHARE INFLUENZA  DATA  FROM  ANIMAL  AND  HUMAN
HEALTH SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS;
  (O) OBTAIN AND TRACK INFORMATION DAILY DURING A PANDEMIC (COORDINATING
WITH EPIDEMIOLOGIC AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL) ON THE NUMBERS AND LOCATION OF
NEWLY  HOSPITALIZED CASES, NEWLY QUARANTINED PERSONS, AND HOSPITALS WITH
PANDEMIC INFLUENZA CASES AND USE SUCH REPORTS  TO  DETERMINE  PRIORITIES
AMONG COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION EFFORTS;
  (P)  INFORM FRONTLINE CLINICIANS AND LABORATORY PERSONNEL OF PROTOCOLS
FOR SAFE SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND TESTING, HOW AND TO  WHOM  A  POTENTIAL
CASE  OF  NOVEL  INFLUENZA  SHOULD  BE REPORTED, AND THE INDICATIONS AND
MECHANISM FOR SUBMITTING SPECIMENS TO REFERRAL LABORATORIES;
  (Q) TEST THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN FOR  THE  HEALTHCARE  SECTOR  (AS
PART OF THE OVERALL PLAN) THAT ADDRESSES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE: (I) HEALTH-
CARE  OF PERSONS WITH INFLUENZA DURING A PANDEMIC; (II) THE LEGAL ISSUES
THAT CAN AFFECT STAFFING AND PATIENT CARE; (III) CONTINUITY OF  SERVICES
FOR OTHER PATIENTS; (IV) PROTECTION OF THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE; AND (V)
MEDICAL SUPPLY CONTINGENCY PLANS;
  (R)  ENSURE  ALL  COMPONENTS OF THE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY NETWORK (E.G.,
HOSPITALS, LONG-TERM CARE, HOME CARE, EMERGENCY CARE)  ARE  INCLUDED  IN
THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN AND THAT THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF VULNERABLE AND
HARD-TO-REACH PATIENTS ARE ADDRESSED;
  (S)  ENSURE THAT THE PLAN PROVIDES FOR REAL-TIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
OF PATIENT VISITS, HOSPITAL BED AND INTENSIVE CARE NEEDS, MEDICAL SUPPLY
NEEDS, AND MEDICAL STAFFING NEEDS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (T) TEST THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN FOR SURGE CAPACITY OF  HEALTHCARE
SERVICES,  WORKFORCE, AND SUPPLIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE JURISDICTION
DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (U) DETERMINE WHAT CONSTITUTES A MEDICAL STAFFING EMERGENCY AND  EXER-
CISE  THE  INFLUENZA  PANDEMIC PLAN TO OBTAIN APPROPRIATE CREDENTIALS OF
VOLUNTEER HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL (INCLUDING IN-STATE, OUT-OF-STATE, INTER-
NATIONAL, RETURNING RETIRED, AND NON-MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS) TO MEET  STAFF-
ING NEEDS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (V)  ENSURE  HEALTHCARE  FACILITIES  IN THE JURISDICTION HAVE TESTED A
PLAN FOR ISOLATING AND COHORTING PATIENTS WITH KNOWN OR SUSPECTED INFLU-
ENZA, FOR TRAINING CLINICIANS, AND FOR SUPPORTING THE NEEDS FOR PERSONAL
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT;
  (W) ENSURE THE HEALTH ALERT NETWORK IN  THE  JURISDICTION  REACHES  AT
LEAST  EIGHTY  PERCENT OF ALL PRACTICING, LICENSED, FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE
PERSONNEL AND LINKS VIA THE  COMMUNICATION  NETWORK  TO  OTHER  PANDEMIC
RESPONDERS;
  (X)  CRAFT  MESSAGES  TO HELP EDUCATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ABOUT NOVEL
AND PANDEMIC INFLUENZA, AND INFECTION CONTROL AND  CLINICAL  GUIDELINES,
AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS METHODS;

S. 2882--A                          4

  (Y)  DEVELOP  AND  TEST  A PLAN (AS PART OF THE COMMUNICATION PLAN) TO
REGULARLY UPDATE PROVIDERS AS THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC UNFOLDS;
  (Z)  ENSURE  APPROPRIATE LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE ACCESS TO EPI-X
AND ARE TRAINED IN ITS USE;
  (AA) WORK WITH HEALTHCARE PARTNERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS  TO  DEVELOP
STATE-BASED PLANS FOR VACCINE DISTRIBUTION, USE, AND MONITORING; AND FOR
COMMUNICATION OF VACCINE STATUS;
  (BB)  EXERCISE  AN  OPERATIONAL  PLAN  THAT ADDRESSES THE PROCUREMENT,
STORAGE,  SECURITY,  DISTRIBUTION,  AND  MONITORING  ACTIONS   NECESSARY
(INCLUDING  VACCINE  SAFETY)  TO  ENSURE ACCESS TO THIS PRODUCT DURING A
PANDEMIC;
  (CC) ENSURE THE INFLUENZA  PANDEMIC  PLAN  DELINEATES  PROCEDURES  FOR
TRACKING  THE  NUMBER  AND  PRIORITY OF VACCINE RECIPIENTS, WHERE AND BY
WHOM VACCINATIONS WILL BE GIVEN, A DISTRIBUTION PLAN FOR  ENSURING  THAT
VACCINE AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL POINTS
OF  DISTRIBUTION  IN  THE COMMUNITY, THE SECURITY AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT
FOR THE POINTS  OF  DISTRIBUTION,  AND  THE  TRAINING  REQUIREMENTS  FOR
INVOLVED PERSONNEL;
  (DD)  ADDRESS VACCINE SECURITY ISSUES, COLD CHAIN REQUIREMENTS, TRANS-
PORT AND STORAGE ISSUES, AND BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE  ISSUES  IN  THE  OPERA-
TIONAL PLAN;
  (EE)  ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF VULNERABLE AND HARD-TO-REACH POPULATIONS IN
THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN;
  (FF) DOCUMENT WITH WRITTEN AGREEMENTS THE COMMITMENTS OF PARTICIPATING
PERSONNEL AND ORGANIZATIONS IN THE VACCINATION OPERATIONAL PLAN;
  (GG) INFORM CITIZENS IN ADVANCE ABOUT WHERE THEY WILL BE VACCINATED;
  (HH) DEVELOP STATE-BASED PLANS FOR DISTRIBUTION AND USE  OF  ANTIVIRAL
DRUGS  DURING  A PANDEMIC VIA THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE (SNS), AS
APPROPRIATE, TO HEALTHCARE  FACILITIES  THAT  WILL  ADMINISTER  THEM  TO
PRIORITY  GROUPS  AND ESTABLISH METHODS FOR MONITORING AND INVESTIGATING
ADVERSE EVENTS;
  (II) TEST THE OPERATIONAL PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THE  PROCUREMENT,  STOR-
AGE,  SECURITY, DISTRIBUTION, AND MONITORING ACTIONS NECESSARY TO ASSURE
ACCESS TO THESE TREATMENTS DURING A PANDEMIC;
  (JJ) ENSURE THE JURISDICTION HAS  A  CONTINGENCY  PLAN  IF  UNLICENSED
ANTIVIRAL DRUGS ADMINISTERED UNDER INVESTIGATIONAL NEW DRUG OR EMERGENCY
USE AUTHORIZATION PROVISIONS ARE NEEDED;
  (KK)  EXERCISE  THE JURISDICTION'S INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN TO INVESTI-
GATE AND CONTAIN POTENTIAL CASES OR LOCAL OUTBREAKS OF INFLUENZA  POTEN-
TIALLY CAUSED BY A NOVEL OR PANDEMIC STRAIN;
  (LL)  EXERCISE  THE  JURISDICTION'S  CONTAINMENT OPERATIONAL PLAN THAT
DELINEATES PROCEDURES FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE, THE  PROCEDURES  AND
LEGAL AUTHORITIES FOR IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING THESE CONTAINMENT MEAS-
URES  (SUCH  AS  SCHOOL  CLOSURES,  CANCELING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND
OTHER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN, TO, AND FROM THE  JURISDICTION)  AND
THE  METHODS  THAT  WILL  BE USED TO SUPPORT, SERVICE, AND MONITOR THOSE
AFFECTED BY THESE CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN HEALTHCARE  FACILITIES,  OTHER
RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, HOMES, COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AND OTHER SETTINGS;
  (MM)  ENSURE  THE  JURISDICTION  HAS EXERCISED THE OPERATIONAL PLAN TO
IMPLEMENT VARIOUS LEVELS OF MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN, TO,  AND  FROM
THE JURISDICTION;
  (NN)  INFORM CITIZENS IN ADVANCE ABOUT WHAT CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES MAY
BE USED IN THE COMMUNITY;
  (OO) ASSESS READINESS TO MEET COMMUNICATIONS NEEDS IN PREPARATION  FOR
AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC, INCLUDING REGULAR REVIEW, EXERCISE, AND UPDATE OF
COMMUNICATIONS PLANS;

S. 2882--A                          5

  (PP)  PLAN  AND  COORDINATE  EMERGENCY  COMMUNICATION  ACTIVITIES WITH
PRIVATE INDUSTRY, EDUCATION, AND NON-PROFIT PARTNERS  (E.G.,  LOCAL  RED
CROSS CHAPTERS);
  (QQ) IDENTIFY AND TRAIN LEAD SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SPOKESPERSONS;
  (RR)  PROVIDE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS STAFF WITH TRAINING ON RISK
COMMUNICATIONS FOR USE DURING AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC;
  (SS) DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN UP-TO-DATE COMMUNICATIONS  CONTACTS  OF  KEY
STAKEHOLDERS  AND  EXERCISE  THE  PLAN TO PROVIDE REGULAR UPDATES AS THE
INFLUENZA PANDEMIC UNFOLDS;
  (TT) IMPLEMENT AND MAINTAIN, AS APPROPRIATE, COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SUCH
AS HOTLINES AND WEBSITES, TO RESPOND TO LOCAL QUESTIONS FROM THE  PUBLIC
AND PROFESSIONAL GROUPS;
  (UU)  ENSURE THE PROVISION OF REDUNDANT COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS/CHANNELS
THAT ALLOW FOR THE EXPEDITED TRANSMISSION AND  RECEIPT  OF  INFORMATION;
AND
  (VV) ASSURE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES HAS INCLUDED THE
EXPERTISE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EXPERTS.
  4. THE TASK FORCE SHALL MEET AT LEAST SIX TIMES A YEAR, AT THE REQUEST
OF THE CHAIRPERSON.
  5.  THE  MEMBERS  OF  THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  6. THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE  GOVERNOR  AND  THE  LEGISLATURE
WITH  A  PRELIMINARY  DRAFT  OF  THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PLAN REQUIRED BY
SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION ON OR BEFORE JULY  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND
FIFTEEN  AND  A FINAL PLAN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOU-
SAND FIFTEEN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law; provided that the
appointments required to be made pursuant to subdivision  1  of  section
719  of the executive law, as added by section one of this act, shall be
made on or before such effective date.

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