Assembly Actions -
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|Jan 05, 2022||
referred to disabilities
|Feb 23, 2021||
referred to disabilities
Senate Bill S5079
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Disabilities Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S5079 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S5079 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5079 SPONSOR: PARKER TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: This bill directs the Commissioner of OPWDD to develop and implement a two tiered service delivery model to target individual's specific needs and provide quick response during crisis for persons with learning disa- bilities and other complex neurological impairments, including high functioning autism spectrum disorders. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 41.59 of the mental hygiene law
2021-S5079 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5079 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 23, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BAILEY, KENNEDY, PERSAUD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Disabilities 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 IMPAIRMENTS. THIS TIERED SERVICE-DELIVERY MODEL WOULD ALLOW SERVICES TO EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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