senate Bill S3013

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Includes the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community service board

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S3013 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3575
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Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง41.11, Ment Hyg L

S3013 - Bill Texts

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Includes the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community services board.

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BILL NUMBER:S3013

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
including the executive officer of a local government's office for the
aging in the composition of such government's local community service
board

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require an executive
officer of a local government's office for the aging to serve on the
local community service board's executive committee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 and 2 of the bill relate to the composition of local
community services board in population areas ranging from less than
one hundred thousand to cities over one million. Requires that the
local government's executive officer of the local government's office
for the aging be a member of that local government's community service
board's executive committee.

Section 3 relates to when this act shall take effect.

JUSTIFICATION: After meeting with local community service board
members and executive officers of local offices for the aging, it was
determined that including the executive officer of the local
government's office for the aging on that government's community
service board executive committee would help to reduce duplication of
services and increase coordination of mental health, substance abuse
and developmental disabilities services.

As our population continues to age, and more seniors struggle with
mental illnesses, problems of addiction and developmental
disabilities, including the executive officer for that local
government's office for the aging will help to properly allocate
resources in coordination with all of the other departments and
agencies that currently make up the executive committee of the
community services board.

This act will help to break down silos, eliminate duplication, reduce
the cost of services for taxpayers and improve service delivery
through better coordination and planning.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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    S. 3013                                                  A. 3575

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

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

                            January 28, 2013
                               ___________

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

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

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in  relation  to  including  the
  executive  officer of a local government's office for the aging in the
  composition of such government's local community service board

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

  Section  1.  Subdivisions  (a)  and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental
hygiene law, as amended by section 52 of chapter 37 of the laws of 2011,
are amended to read as follows:
  (a) In all local governments with a population less than  one  hundred
thousand,  community services boards, at the option of the local govern-
ment, shall have either nine or fifteen members appointed by  the  local
government.  In  all other local governments, a community services board
shall have fifteen members appointed by the local government.
  Whenever practicable at least one member shall be a licensed physician
and one member shall be a certified psychologist and otherwise at  least
two  members  shall  be licensed physicians, such members to have demon-
strated an interest in the field of services  for  persons  with  mental
disabilities.  ONE  MEMBER  SHALL  BE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LOCAL
GOVERNMENT'S OFFICE FOR THE AGING. The other members shall represent the
community interest in all the problems of persons with mental  disabili-
ties  and  shall  include  representatives  from  community agencies for
persons with  mental  illness,  developmental  disabilities,  and  those
suffering  from  alcoholism  and substance abuse. The community services
board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental
disabilities, and alcoholism or, at the discretion of the local  govern-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07331-01-3

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ment,  alcoholism  and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall
have no more than nine members appointed by the local government, except
that each subcommittee for mental health shall have no more than  eleven
members appointed by the local government. Three of each such subcommit-
tee  shall  be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be
composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in  the  field  of
services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include
former  patients, parents or relatives of such persons with mental disa-
bilities and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally
disabled, except that each subcommittee for mental health shall  include
at  least  two  members  who  are  or  were  consumers  of mental health
services, and at least two members  who  are  parents  or  relatives  of
persons with mental illness. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the
community  services board and the director of community services regard-
ing the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in such board  or
director,  as  such  functions  pertain to the field of services for the
particular class of mentally disabled individuals  represented  by  such
subcommittee.  In addition, each subcommittee for mental health shall be
authorized to annually evaluate the local services plan,  and  shall  be
authorized  to  report on the consistency of such plan with the needs of
persons with serious mental illness, including children and  adolescents
with  serious emotional disturbances. Any such report shall be forwarded
annually to the community services board and the director  of  community
services  and a copy shall also be sent to the commissioner prior to the
submission of the local  services  plan,  provided,  however,  that  the
provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to cities of over a million
in population.
  (b)  In  cities  of  over  a  million a community services board shall
consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the mayor. There shall  be
at  least  two residents of each county within such cities on the board.
At least one shall be a licensed physician and at least one shall  be  a
certified  psychologist. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW
YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. The other  members  shall  represent
the  community  interest in all of the problems of the mentally disabled
and shall include representatives from community  agencies  for  persons
with  mental illness and developmental disabilities, and those suffering
from alcoholism and substance abuse. The community services board  shall
have  separate  subcommittees for mental health, developmental disabili-
ties, and alcoholism or, at the  discretion  of  the  local  government,
alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no
more  than  nine  members appointed by the local government, except that
each subcommittee for mental health  shall  have  no  more  than  eleven
members  appointed  by  the local government. Three members of each such
subcommittee shall be members of the board. Each  separate  subcommittee
shall  be  composed  of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the
field of services for the particular  class  of  mentally  disabled  and
shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such persons with
mental  disabilities and community agencies serving the particular class
of mentally disabled, except that each subcommittee  for  mental  health
shall  include  at least two members who are or were consumers of mental
health services, and two members who are parents or relatives of persons
with mental illness. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the  commu-
nity services board and the director of community services regarding the
exercise  of  all policy-making functions vested in such board or direc-
tor, as such functions pertain to the field of services for the  partic-
ular  class  of individuals with mental disabilities represented by such

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subcommittee. In addition, each subcommittee for mental health shall  be
authorized  to  annually  evaluate the local services plan, and shall be
authorized to report on the consistency of such plan with the  needs  of
persons  with serious mental illness, including children and adolescents
with serious emotional disturbances.  Any such report shall be forwarded
annually to the community services board and the director  of  community
services, and a copy shall also be sent to the commissioner prior to the
submission of the local services plan.
  S  2.  Subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental hygiene
law, as amended by section 52-a of chapter 37 of the laws of  2011,  are
amended to read as follows:
  (a)  In  all local governments with a population less than one hundred
thousand, community services board, at the option of the  local  govern-
ment,  shall  have either nine or fifteen members appointed by the local
government. In all other local governments, a community  services  board
shall have fifteen members appointed by the local government.
  Whenever practicable at least one member shall be a licensed physician
and  one member shall be a certified psychologist and otherwise at least
two members shall be licensed physicians, such members  to  have  demon-
strated  an interest in the field of services for the mentally disabled.
ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE EXECUTIVE  OFFICER  OF  THE  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT'S
OFFICE  FOR  THE  AGING. The other members shall represent the community
interest in all the problems of the mentally disabled and shall  include
representatives  from  community  agencies  for  individuals with mental
illness, developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism
and substance abuse. The community services board  shall  have  separate
subcommittees  for  mental health, developmental disabilities, and alco-
holism or, at the discretion of the  local  government,  alcoholism  and
substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no more than nine
members appointed by the local government. Three of each such subcommit-
tee  shall  be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be
composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in  the  field  of
services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include
former  patients, parents or relatives of such mentally disabled persons
and community agencies serving the particular class  of  mentally  disa-
bled.  Each  separate  subcommittee  shall advise the community services
board and the director of community services regarding the  exercise  of
all  policy-making  functions  vested in such board or director, as such
functions pertain to the field of services for the particular  class  of
individuals  with  mental disabilities represented by such subcommittee.
Provided however that the provisions of this paragraph shall  not  apply
to cities of over a million in population.
  (b)  In  cities  of  over  a  million a community services board shall
consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the mayor. There shall  be
at  least  two residents of each county within such cities on the board.
At least one shall be a licensed physician and at least one shall  be  a
certified  psychologist. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW
YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. The other  members  shall  represent
the  community  interest  in  all of the problems of persons with mental
disabilities and shall include representatives from  community  agencies
for  persons  with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those
suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse.  The  community  services
board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental
disabilities,  and alcoholism or, at the discretion of the local govern-
ment, alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate  subcommittee  shall
have  no more than nine members appointed by the local government. Three

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members of each such subcommittee shall be members of  the  board.  Each
separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated
an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mental-
ly  disabled  and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of
such persons with mental disabilities and community agencies serving the
particular class of mentally disabled. Each separate subcommittee  shall
advise  the  community  services  board  and  the  director of community
services regarding the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in
such board or director, as  such  functions  pertain  to  the  field  of
services  for  the  particular class of persons with mental disabilities
represented by such subcommittee.
  S 3.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend-
ments to subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental hygiene
law made by section one of this act shall be subject to  the  expiration
and  reversion  of such subdivisions pursuant to section 7 of part R2 of
chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, as amended,  when  upon  such  date  the
provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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