Senate Bill S6955

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the first responder peer support program act

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Mental Health Committee


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

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2021-S6955 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §7.49, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S6955

2021-S6955 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the "first responder peer support program" which supplies peer-to-peer mental health programs to first responders.

2021-S6955 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2021-S6955 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                            
 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6955
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 20, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  SERINO, JORDAN -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health
 
 AN ACT to amend the mental  hygiene  law,  in  relation  to  the  "First
   Responder Peer Support Program Act"
 
   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  "First
 Responder Peer Support Program Act".
   § 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 7.49 to
 read as follows:
 § 7.49 FIRST RESPONDER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM.
   (A)  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE
 THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   1. "THE PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN THE "FIRST RESPONDER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM"
 ESTABLISHED BY THIS SECTION.
   2. "ELIGIBLE ENTITIES" SHALL MEAN  AN  ENTITY  WHICH  SUBMITS  TO  THE
 COMMISSIONER  AN  APPLICATION, IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER,
 CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION  AND  ASSURANCES  AS  THE  COMMISSIONER  MAY
 REQUIRE  TO  PROVIDE  INITIAL  AND CONTINUED TRAINING IN MENTAL ILLNESS,
 INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SUICIDE  PREVENTION,  FOR  FIRST  RESPONDER
 PEER VOLUNTEERS.
   (B)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL,  SUBJECT  TO APPROPRIATION, ESTABLISH A
 GRANT PROGRAM TO BE KNOWN AS THE "FIRST RESPONDER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM".
 THE PROGRAM SHALL  PROVIDE  GRANTS,  WITH  APPROPRIATIONS  THEREFOR,  TO
 ELIGIBLE  ENTITIES  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING PEER-TO-PEER MENTAL
 HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS.
   (C) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  STANDARDS  APPLICABLE  TO  THE
 PROGRAM.  SUCH  STANDARDS  SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, INITIAL
 AND CONTINUED TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDER PEER VOLUNTEERS,  ADMINISTRA-
 TIVE STAFFING NEEDS, AND BEST PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH
 FIRST RESPONDER SERVED.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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