|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 14, 2014||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S7377
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S7377 - Details
S7377 - Summary
Directs local government units providing services to individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities to create a single point of access system.
S7377 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7377 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to directing local government units providing services to individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities to create a single point of access system PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Single Point of Access (SPOA) was a part of the NYS Office of Mental Health's program initiatives 2000-2001. It was designed to expand the existing community based mental health system to enable people with the most serious service needs to access needed housing and care management on a priority basis. The result is a more cohesive and better coordinated system which is responsive to individual needs. No specific statutory basis was ever enacted for the SPOA. During this time of redesign and reform of the behavioral health delivery system in New York, there is a real danger that the substantial benefits which the SPOA provides to real people will be lost or severely diminished causing a substantial reduction in the ability of the community based system to ensure access to care. This bill would recognize SPOAs as a statutorily required part of the community behavioral health system and would preserve its valuable role in the overall service delivery system. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
S7377 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7377 I N S E N A T E May 14, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 directing local government units providing services to individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities to create a single point of access system THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 41.13 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new paragraph 17 to read as follows: 17. CREATE, DIRECT AND EXERCISE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY OVER A SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS SYSTEM TO FACILITATE ENTRY TO CARE COORDINATION SERVICES, RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT, REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, AND OTHER SERVICES FOR HIGH NEED ADULTS AND CHILDREN. THE SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS SYSTEM MAY BE OPERATED EITHER INDIVIDUALLY BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT OR COLLECTIVELY IN COOPERATION WITH ONE OR MORE OTHER LOCAL GOVERN- MENTAL UNITS. SEPARATE SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS SYSTEMS MAY BE ESTABLISHED IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF A TARGETED POPULATION BASED ON CRITERIA INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AGE, DISABILITY, VETERAN STATUS OR SPECIFIC SERVICE NEED SUCH AS HOUSING OR CARE COORDINATION. SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS SYSTEMS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO: (I) RECEIVE REFERRALS OF ALL PERSONS WITH A MENTAL DISABILITY AS DEFINED IN SECTION 1.03 OF THIS CHAPTER WHO ARE IDENTIFIED AS A HIGH NEED PERSON BY THE COMMISSIONER; (II) RECEIVE REFERRALS REGARDLESS OF AGE, ABILITY TO PAY, OR HEALTH INSURANCE STATUS; (III) REQUIRE THE COOPERATION OF PROVIDERS OF CARE COORDINATION, HOUS- ING, HEALTH CARE, AND MANAGED CARE OPERATING WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CARE AND SERVICE DELIVERY FOR DESIGNATED HIGH NEED PERSONS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09515-01-3
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