Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 17, 2023||
referred to people with disabilities
Assembly Bill A1577
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
John T. McDonald III
2023-A1577 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-A1577 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1577 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 17, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BUTTENSCHON, DARLING, EPSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on People with Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the independent developmental disability ombudsman program 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 33.28 to read as follows: § 33.28 INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM. (A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED BY THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES THE INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES TO ENSURE THEIR ACCESS TO SERVICES AND PRESERVATION OF THEIR RIGHTS. (B) SUCH OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING DUTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 1. ESTABLISHING A SERVICE DELIVERY STRUCTURE BASED IN NEW YORK STATE THAT INCLUDES A TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE HOTLINE, AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE, AND AVAILABILITY OF IN-PERSON, TELEPHONE AND EMAIL ACCESS TO OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS; 2. IDENTIFYING, INVESTIGATING, REFERRING AND RESOLVING COMPLAINTS MADE BY, OR ON BEHALF OF, INDIVIDUALS RELATIVE TO THEIR ACCESS TO SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OR THE CARE COORDINATION PROVIDED BY HEALTH HOMES SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY OTHER PROVIDERS; 3. PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR NAVIGATING AND COMPLETING PROCESSES, SUCH AS PAPERWORK AND DOCUMENTATION, TO ACCESS SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OR THE CARE COORDI- NATION PROVIDED BY HEALTH HOMES SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES TO INDIVIDUALS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY OTHER PROVIDERS, AND/OR ANYONE SEEKING ASSISTANCE ON THEIR BEHALF; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05102-01-3
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