senate Bill S4563

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes a program of tiered eligibility for services offered by OPWDD for persons with learning disabilities and other complex neurological impairments

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities
Mar 14, 2019 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

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S4563 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1734
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §41.59, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S5209
2011-2012: S3020
2013-2014: S989, A6787
2015-2016: S1908, A511
2017-2018: S3630, A501
2021-2022: S5079, A6070

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes 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.

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4563

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  ADDABBO,  BAILEY,  KENNEDY,  MONTGOMERY,
  PERSAUD -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabil-
  ities

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:
§ 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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