senate Bill S481

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Defines a bill of rights for persons with autism or autism spectrum disorders

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities
Feb 04, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

Votes

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Feb 4, 2013 - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities committee Vote

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Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Vote: Feb 4, 2013

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S481 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1272
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง16.39, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2148, A1708
2009-2010: S6732, A10157

S481 - Summary

Defines a bill of rights for persons with autism or autism spectrum disorders.

S481 - Sponsor Memo

S481 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   481

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining  a  bill
  of rights for persons with autism or autism spectrum disorders

  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
16.39 to read as follows:
S 16.39 BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISOR-
          DERS.
  (A)  BOTH  EARLY INTERVENTION AND CONTINUING TREATMENT ARE INTEGRAL TO
THE HEALTHCARE OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM  DISOR-
DERS.    INSURANCE  COMPANIES SHALL NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS
WITH SUCH DIAGNOSES BY IMPOSING FINANCIAL BURDENS AND BARRIERS TO TREAT-
MENT SUCH AS DIFFERENTIAL DEDUCTIBLES, DISPARATE CO-PAYS, SPENDING CAPS,
AND ARBITRARY LIMITS ON ACCESS TO MEDICALLY NECESSARY  INPATIENT  AND/OR
OUTPATIENT SERVICES.
  (B)  ALL  PERSONS  WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS SHALL HAVE
THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS:
  (1) THE RIGHT TO AN INCREASED INVESTMENT IN HIGH-QUALITY  RESEARCH  ON
THE ORIGIN, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF AUTISM AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISOR-
DERS;
  (2)  THE  RIGHT  TO  ACCESS,  AND  HAVE THEIR PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS
ACCESS, A COMPREHENSIVE CONTINUUM OF CARE BASED ON THE PATIENT'S  NEEDS-
-INCLUDING A FULL RANGE OF PSYCHOSOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, PHARMACOLOGICAL AND
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES--REGARDLESS OF THE COST;
  (3) THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE TREATMENT WITHIN A COORDINATED SYSTEM OF CARE
WHERE  ALL  AGENCIES  DELIVERING  SERVICES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02059-01-3

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