senate Bill S7678

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to reimbursement of transportation services to and from day habilitation programs for people with developmental disabilities

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Jun 02, 2016 reported and committed to finance
May 12, 2016 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

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Jun 2, 2016 - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities committee Vote

S7678
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Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Vote: Jun 2, 2016

S7678 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10493
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง13.18, Ment Hyg L

S7678 - Summary

Requires the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, in collaboration with the commissioner of health, to develop a plan for reimbursement of transportation services to and from day habilitation programs for people with developmental disabilities.

S7678 - Sponsor Memo

S7678 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7678

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 12, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ORTT  --  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 the reimbursement
  of transportation services to and from day habilitation  programs  for
  people with developmental disabilities

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The legislature finds that reimbursement  for  day  habili-
tation to and from transportation services is implemented and controlled
through  a  process  knows  as  "rate rationalization." Through the rate
rationalization process these funds are provided to licensed day habili-
tation providers to assure that individuals with developmental disabili-
ties are safely transported within a  reasonable  amount  of  time  from
their  homes  to  licensed day habilitation sites. The implementation of
rate rationalization has lead to widespread complaints that since  fund-
ing  for  transportation  to  and from day habilitation program sites is
based on financial data that is not contemporaneous with current  costs,
providers  are unable to reduce the length of time traveling to and from
day habilitation sites. In those situations where providers have reduced
travel time, for their day habilitation participants, their  costs  have
increased, resulting in unreimbursed costs for these services. Compound-
ing  this  problem, rate rationalization reimbursement is based on a per
day per person methodology, which is inconsistent with  the  many  situ-
ations  where  providers  must contract for transportation services paid
for based on a per vehicle per day charge.
  S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new  section  13.18
to read as follows:
S 13.18 TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT.
  THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILI-
TIES,  IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL DEVELOP A
PLAN TO ASSURE THAT TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT  TO  PROVIDERS  OF  DAY
HABILITATION SERVICES FOR TO AND FROM TRANSPORTATION IS BASED ON PROVID-
ER  SPECIFIC  INDEPENDENTLY  CERTIFIED  FINANCIAL  DATA THAT IS FROM THE

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

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