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senate Bill S852
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S852 - Details
S852 - Summary
Enacts the "minority mental health act" to establish the division of minority mental health within the office of mental health; provides that such division shall be responsible for assuring that mental health programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropriate to meet the needs of racial and ethnic minorities.
S852 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S852 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the division of minority mental health within the office of mental health, and providing for its powers and duties PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to evaluate and improve the current mental health service delivery model for ethnic and minority populations in New York State. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent. Section 2 provides the short title of this act, "The Minority Mental Health Act." Section 3 adds a new Article 8 to the Mental Hygiene Law titled "Division of Minority Mental Health." This section establishes a new Division of Minority Mental Health within the Office of Mental Health (OMH) for the purpose of addressing a broad spectrum of mental health care issues specifically focused on the needs of racial and ethnic minority populations in New York State. Additionally, the bill establishes a Minority Mental Health Council within the newly created
S852 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 852 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 the division of minority mental health within the office of mental health, and providing for its powers and duties THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that racial and ethnic minorities in America comprise a substantial and vibrant segment of the United States population. According to the 2000 United States Census, minorities comprised the majority of the New York City population. Further, the legislature finds that nearly half of all New York City households speak a language other than English at home, and that the "enormous shortage of trained bilingual and bicultural counselors, therapists, psychiatrists and social workers, make it impos- sible, for many limited-English-proficient New Yorkers to obtain refer- rals and timely, appropriate mental health services" (New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health report, AN EVALUATION OF THE DELIVERY OF MENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES IN NEW YORK STATE, February 2005). Moreover, the legislature finds that the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health also found that the mental health system in the United States "has not kept pace with the diverse needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Misunderstanding and misinterpreting behaviors have led to tragic consequences, including inappropriately placing minorities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems." Consequently, the legislature finds that a division of minority mental health should be created to address the unique mental health needs of the racial and ethnic minority citizens of the state. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02835-01-3
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