senate Bill S5938

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes a peer support services program for transgender and non-binary individuals

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 19, 2022 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2022 referred to mental health
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 01, 2021 referred to mental health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 24, 2021 advanced to third reading
May 20, 2021 2nd report cal.
May 19, 2021 1st report cal.1174
Mar 23, 2021 referred to mental health

Votes

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Jan 19, 2022 - Mental Health committee Vote

S5938
7
0
committee
7
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mental Health Committee Vote: Jan 19, 2022

May 19, 2021 - Mental Health committee Vote

S5938
6
0
committee
6
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mental Health Committee Vote: May 19, 2021

aye wr (1)

S5938 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §7.49, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S9101

S5938 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a regional or county-based peer support services program for transgender and non-binary individuals that provides support services including but not limited to, peer counseling for mental illness including alcohol and substance abuse counseling, family support services, domestic violence, mental health and physical health.

S5938 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5938 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5938
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              March 23, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  establishing  a
   peer  support services program for transgender and non-binary individ-
   uals

   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
 7.49 to read as follows:
 § 7.49 TRANSGENDER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM.
   (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH REGIONAL  OR  COUNTY-
 BASED  PEER  SUPPORT  SERVICES  PROGRAMS  FOR TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY
 INDIVIDUALS.   SERVICES PROVIDED  BY  THE  PEER  SUPPORT  PROGRAM  SHALL
 INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO,  PEER COUNSELING FOR MENTAL ILLNESS
 INCLUDING  ALCOHOL  AND  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  COUNSELING,  FAMILY   SUPPORT
 SERVICES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.
   (B) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL FOSTER PROGRAMS FOR THE TRAINING AND DEVEL-
 OPMENT  OF  PERSONS  CAPABLE OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES SET FORTH IN THIS
 SECTION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A  PROCESS  OF  ISSUING,  EITHER
 DIRECTLY  OR  THROUGH  CONTRACT, CREDENTIALS FOR RECOGNIZED OR CERTIFIED
 PEER COUNSELORS.
   (C) THE OFFICE SHALL ESTABLISH MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  FOR  RECOGNIZED
 OR  CERTIFIED  PEER  COUNSELORS IN ALL PHASES OF DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO
 TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EVALUATED  AND  CERTIFIED
 OR  RECOGNIZED  BY  THE OFFICE ON FACTORS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
 COMPLETION OF APPROVED COURSES OF STUDY OR EQUIVALENT ON-THE-JOB EXPERI-
 ENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  COUN-
 SELING OR OTHER CREDENTIALS ESTABLISHED OR RECOGNIZED BY THE OFFICE.
   (D)  THE  OFFICE  SHALL  ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR ISSUING, DIRECTLY OR
 THROUGH CONTRACT, CREDENTIALS TO  CERTIFIED  PEER  COUNSELORS  WHO  MEET
 MINIMUM  QUALIFICATIONS,  AND  SHALL  FURTHER  ESTABLISH  PROCEDURES  TO
 SUSPEND, REVOKE OR ANNUL SUCH CREDENTIALS FOR GOOD CAUSE.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 

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