Senate Bill S7079A

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to the first responder peer support program act

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2023-S7079 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7552
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §7.51, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S8610
2021-2022: S6955

2023-S7079 - Summary

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

2023-S7079 - Sponsor Memo

2023-S7079 - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7079
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 17, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens. HARCKHAM, ASHBY -- 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 7.51 to
 read as follows:
 § 7.51 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 OR COUNTY FIRST  RESPONDER
 PEER PROGRAM WHICH SUBMITS TO THE COMMISSIONER AN APPLICATION, IN A FORM
 PRESCRIBED  BY  THE COMMISSIONER, CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION AND ASSUR-
 ANCES 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
 STATEWIDE GRANT PROGRAM TO BE KNOWN AS THE "FIRST RESPONDER PEER SUPPORT
 PROGRAM".  THE  PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE GRANTS, WITH APPROPRIATIONS THERE-
 FOR, 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
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09287-02-3
 S. 7079                             2
              

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2023-S7079A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7552
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §7.51, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S8610
2021-2022: S6955

2023-S7079A (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

2023-S7079A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S7079A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7079--A
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 17, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  HARCKHAM, ASHBY, HELMING, STEC, TEDISCO, WEBER --
   read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
   the  Committee  on  Mental  Health  -- recommitted to the Committee on
   Mental Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.  8  --  committee
   discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
   to said committee
 
 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 7.51 to
 read as follows:
 § 7.51 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 OR COUNTY FIRST RESPONDER
 PEER PROGRAM WHICH SUBMITS TO THE COMMISSIONER AN APPLICATION, IN A FORM
 PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER, CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION  AND  ASSUR-
 ANCES  AS  THE COMMISSIONER MAY REQUIRE TO PROVIDE INITIAL AND CONTINUED
 TRAINING IN MENTAL ILLNESS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, HELPING  INDI-
 VIDUALS GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA, REPETI-
 TIVE  EXPOSURE,  SIGNS  AND  SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA, TRIGGERS OF A TRAUMATIC
 EVENT, COPING MECHANISMS,  SUICIDE  PREVENTION,  AS  WELL  AS  AVAILABLE
 TOOLS,  RESOURCES,  AND LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR FIRST RESPONDER
 PEER VOLUNTEERS, VOLUNTEER AND  PAID  INDIVIDUALS  WHO  ARE  TRAINED  TO
 RESPOND  TO  EMERGENCY  SITUATIONS  AND PROVIDE IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AND
 CARE TO THOSE IN NEED.  THIS WOULD INCLUDE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK AS FIRE-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09287-04-3
              

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