senate Bill S6706A

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the outdoor Rx act

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A8094 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 11, 2020 signed chap.282
delivered to governor
Feb 26, 2020 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.400
substituted for s6706a
Feb 26, 2020 substituted by a8094a
Feb 13, 2020 advanced to third reading
Feb 12, 2020 2nd report cal.
Feb 11, 2020 1st report cal.400
Jan 21, 2020 print number 6706a
Jan 21, 2020 amend and recommit to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Jan 08, 2020 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Sep 11, 2019 referred to rules

Votes

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Feb 11, 2020 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: Feb 11, 2020

S6706 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8094
Law Section:
Veterans

S6706 - Summary

Establishes the outdoor Rx act; requires the division of veterans' services to review issues relating to veterans' abilities to access state parks, lands and facilities; and provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S6706 - Sponsor Memo

S6706 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6706

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                           September 11, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. BENJAMIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT requiring the division of veterans'  services  to  review  issues
  relating  to  veterans'  abilities  to  access  state parks, lands and
  facilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi-
  ration thereof

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "outdoor Rx
act".
  § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and
declares  that  protecting the physical, mental and behavioral health of
veterans is critical to ensure successful re-entry into  civilian  life.
Studies  have shown that time outdoors can be a valuable adjunct therapy
in addition to more traditional health care, while also  reducing  reli-
ance  on prescription medication. The therapeutic benefits of time spent
outdoors is clinically proven  and  is  known  to  help  reduce  stress,
improve concentration, and promote overall well-being, both physical and
mental.  Outdoor-based  therapeutic programs hold particular promise for
people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and  Substance  Use
Disorders.  Outdoor  programs  including  adventure  therapy, wilderness
therapy,  horticultural  therapy,  walk-and-talk  therapy,   and   other
nature-based programs, are currently being used by mental health profes-
sionals  and  are  shown to have benefits including reduction of stress,
restoration of attention, and an improved sense of well-being. New  York
state  is  home  to  natural beauty from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic
Ocean, and has a significant amount of open space, including the Adiron-
dack and Catskill parks.  Recognizing the healing benefits  of  outdoor-
based  therapeutic  programs  to  residents  of  the state, particularly
veterans and individuals recovering from substance abuse or  a  physical

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13082-02-9

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S6706A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8094
Law Section:
Veterans

S6706A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the outdoor Rx act; requires the division of veterans' services to review issues relating to veterans' abilities to access state parks, lands and facilities; and provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S6706A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6706A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 6706--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                           September 11, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. BENJAMIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules  --  recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT requiring the division of veterans'  services  to  review  issues
  relating  to  veterans'  abilities  to  access  state parks, lands and
  facilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi-
  ration thereof

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "outdoor Rx
act".
  § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and
declares  that  protecting the physical, mental and behavioral health of
veterans is critical to ensure successful re-entry into  civilian  life.
Studies  have shown that time outdoors can be a valuable adjunct therapy
in addition to more traditional health care, while also  reducing  reli-
ance  on prescription medication. The therapeutic benefits of time spent
outdoors is clinically proven  and  is  known  to  help  reduce  stress,
improve concentration, and promote overall well-being, both physical and
mental.  Outdoor-based  therapeutic programs hold particular promise for
people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress  Disorder,  Military  Sexual
Trauma,  Traumatic  Brain  Injury,  and Substance Use Disorders. Outdoor
programs including adventure therapy, wilderness therapy,  horticultural
therapy,  walk-and-talk  therapy,  and  other nature-based programs, are
currently being used by mental health professionals  and  are  shown  to
have  benefits  including reduction of stress, restoration of attention,
and an improved sense of well-being. New York state is home  to  natural
beauty from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, and has a significant

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

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