|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 12, 2014||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S7819
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7819 - Details
S7819 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7819 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing a peer support program for veterans PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to establish a certified peer counselors program for veterans who are suffering from any or combination of the following: mental illness, alcohol abuse, and chemical dependence. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 7.42 that requires Commissioner of mental health, commissioner of alcoholism and substance abuse services and director of division of veterans affair to develop a minimum of two regional peer support services programs for veterans. The program shall include, but not limited to, peer counseling for mental illness including post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, information on access to services, family support services, and specialized services for female service members and veterans. JUSTIFICATION: Trauma and stress experienced in battle can often return home with veterans in the form of PTSD. Veterans may turn to medication or alcohol to relieve the symptoms of PTSD. This behavior can sadly lead to addiction and abuse.
S7819 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7819 I N S E N A T E June 12, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. LARKIN -- 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 establishing a peer support program for veterans 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 7.42 to read as follows: S 7.42 PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR VETERANS. (A) FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION THE TERM "PEER SUPPORT SERVICES" SHALL MEAN ANY SERVICE DESIGNATED BY THE OFFICE USED IN THE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL ABUSE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND/OR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE THAT IS DELIVERED BY A CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR; AND THE TERM "CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AS A MENTAL HEALTH RECIPIENT AND/OR AN INDIVIDUAL IN RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL ABUSE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND/OR CHEMICAL DEPEND- ENCE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE OTHERWISE THAN BY DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE AND AS DOCUMENTED BY HIS OR HER DISCHARGE PAPERS OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE COMPONENTS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO HAS TRAINING, CREDENTIALS OR EXPERIENCE RECOG- NIZED BY THE OFFICE. (B) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, AND THE STATE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS SHALL DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH A MINIMUM OF TWO REGIONAL PEER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS. SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PEER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, PEER COUNSELING FOR MENTAL ILLNESS INCLUDING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING, INFORMATION ON ACCESS TO SERVICES, FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, AND WHERE APPLICABLE, SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR FEMALE VETERANS. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09513-01-3
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