senate Bill S2948

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 09, 2014 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 03, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1108
Jun 02, 2014 reported and committed to rules
May 20, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 12, 2013 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1248
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 07, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 25, 2013 referred to health

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Jun 3, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S2948
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 20, 2014 - Health committee Vote

S2948
17
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committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 11, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S2948
25
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committee
25
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 7, 2013 - Health committee Vote

S2948
15
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committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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S2948 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10110
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3309-b, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7326

S2948 - 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:S2948

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

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

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new Public Health Law 3309-b to establish the Opioid
Addiction Treatment and Hospital Diversion Demonstration Program. Under
the program the commissioner in consultation with the Office of Alcohol-
ism and Substance Abuse Services, 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 within 2 years 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 uninten-
tional 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 outpa-
tient, rather than inpatient service. Withdrawal from opioid drugs is
generally not life threatening and can be readily managed in less inten-
sive and costly environments. However, despite the support of more effi-
cient, 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,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: S.7326 of 2012 Passed Senate

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2948

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HANNON, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, 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.
                                                           LBD02651-01-3

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