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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S989
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
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- Delivered to Governor
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S989 (ACTIVE) - Details
S989 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S989 REVISED 4/17/13 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by the office for people with developmental disabilities for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments PURPOSE: This bill directs the Commissioner of OPWDD to develop and implement a two tiered service delivery model to target individual's specific needs and provide quick response during crisis for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments, including high functioning autism spectrum disorders. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 41.59 of the mental hygiene law outlining legislative intent, defining terms, directing the Commissioner of OPWDD to establish a program of tiered eligibility for services for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments and sets forth the elements of such a program. It also directs the Commissioner to develop a reimbursement methodology for intensive services navigation as described in the bill and to consult with a statewide association specifically representing individuals with learning disabilities and related services providers. Section 2 of the bill provides for an effective date 180 days after
S989 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 989 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 a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by the office for people with developmental disabilities for persons with learning disa- bilities and other complex neurological impairments 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 41.59 to read as follows: S 41.59 TIERED SERVICES ELIGIBILITY. 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENTS ARE OFTEN NOT PROVIDED ESSENTIAL SUPPORT AND HABILITATIVE SERVICES DUE TO THE LACK OF ESTABLISHED OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES' ELIGIBILITY PROTOCOLS. THIS INCLUDES INDIVIDUALS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES, HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, SUCH AS ASPERGER'S SYNDROME, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL- LY BASED COGNITIVE DISABILITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE THEN LEFT TO NAVIGATE THEIR LIVES AND THE CHALLENGES OF THEIR DISABILI- TIES WITH MINIMAL OR NO ASSISTANCE. AS A RESULT, SUCH INDIVIDUALS OFTEN LEAD LIVES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY AND VULNERABILITY THAT MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, EXTENDED PERIODS OF INCARCERATION, LIFELONG DEPEND- ENCE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND VICTIMIZATION, COUPLED WITH MANY OTHER NEGATIVE AND COSTLY OUTCOMES. IN RESPONSE TO THIS GROW- ING PROBLEM, THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY DIRECTS THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM OF TIERED ELIGI- BILITY FOR OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES' SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND OTHER COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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