senate Bill S4971

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to veterans' services for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

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Current Bill Status Via A2203 - Signed by Governor

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 08, 2021 signed chap.443
Sep 28, 2021 delivered to governor
Jun 03, 2021 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1249
substituted for s4971
Jun 03, 2021 substituted by a2203
May 24, 2021 advanced to third reading
May 20, 2021 2nd report cal.
May 19, 2021 1st report cal.1249
Feb 19, 2021 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs


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May 19, 2021 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: May 19, 2021


S4971 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8818, A8114

S4971 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the division of veterans' services to provide information regarding resources that are available to assist veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI); directs portals on the division's internet website.

S4971 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4971 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 19, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
   ty and Military Affairs
 AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to directing the division
   of veterans' services to provide information to veterans  who  experi-
   ence post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
   Section 1. Subdivision 21 of section 353  of  the  executive  law,  as
 added by chapter 48 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
   21.  To  provide information regarding resources that are available to
 assist veterans who experience mental health or  substance  abuse  prob-
 lems,  and  veterans  with  physical disabilities, by maintaining mental
 health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on  the  divi-
 sion's  internet  website.  Such  portals shall provide virtual links to
 appropriate governmental programs on the federal and  state  levels  and
 information  on  suicide prevention, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI), POST-
 TRAUMATIC  STRESS  DISORDER  (PTSD),  peer  outreach  and  support,  and
 services that address the special needs of physically disabled veterans.
 The division may consult with the office of mental health, the office of
 alcoholism  and  substance  abuse services, the department of health and
 the department of labor. The  division  shall  make  reference  to  this
 information  provided pursuant to subdivisions four-a and four-b of this
 section and in the annual report to the  governor  and  the  legislature
 required  pursuant  to subdivision eleven of this section. Such informa-
 tion required under this subdivision shall  be  maintained  and  updated
   §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
 have become a law.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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