|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 02, 2016||reported and committed to finance|
|May 12, 2016||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S7678
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Finance Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7678 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Mental Hygiene Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §13.18, Ment Hyg L
S7678 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7678 TITLE OF BILL : 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 PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This legislation would assure that reimbursement provided by OPWDD for transportation to and from licensed day habilitation sites is based on certified financial information that is no more than one year old, and is reimbursed on equal monthly payments. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : The Commissioner of OPWDD in collaboration with DOH shall develop a plan to assure that transportation reimbursement to providers of day habilitation services to and from transportation is based on provider specific independently certified financial data that is from the preceding fiscal year and is reimbursed to the provider monthly on 1112th of the amount expended during the immediate preceding fiscal year and is increased based on applicable trend factors. The plan shall also include proposals to recognizes the complexity of transporting individuals with developmental disabilities, including the need for on vehicle supervision, recognize the need to reduce
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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