Establishes a senior housing task force for the purposes of conducting a state-wide assessment of senior housing needs taking into consideration the various geographical areas and different needs of the seniors in those areas and resources available in those different areas.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a senior housing task force
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a body to analyze senior housing options and develop a strategy to improve housing options for senior citizens as they age.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 203-a. Establishes the senior housing task force. Provides that such task force shall be comprised of seventeen members and shall include one representative each from the office for the aging, the division of housing and community renewal, the department of health, the office of mental health, the department of economic development, the empire state development corporation, the office for people with developmental disabilities, the division of protective services for adults of the office of children and family services, and the New York city department for the aging. The remaining eight members shall be appointed in the following manner: three by the governor at the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly; three by the governor at the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate; one by the governor upon the recommendation of the minority leader of the assembly and one by the governor upon the recommendation of the minority leader of the senate.
Section 2 Effective Date.
One of the most pressing needs of seniors in our state is housing. According to a recent study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), most seniors would like to age in their own home. Unfortunately, many of our seniors cannot appropriately age in their current residence because there may be too many stairs, a lack of wheelchair accessibility, or too great of a distance to their family and caregivers. As a result of this, many seniors have no other option to but to enter an elder care facility, including but not limited to, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and independent living facilities.
In order to appropriately plan for these circumstances, this legislation creates the senior housing task force to analyze the issue of senior housing. The task force will consist of representatives from nine agencies as well representatives to be
appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Senate and Assembly.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.2208B - Passed Senate/A.3790B - Referred to Aging
2009: S.2208 Advanced to Third Reading/A.3790 - Referred to Aging
2007-2008: S.8670/A.10474- Passed Both Houses - Veto 99; Tabled
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 110 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a senior housing task force THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 203-a to read as follows: S 203-A. SENIOR HOUSING TASK FORCE. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE OFFICE A SENIOR HOUSING TASK FORCE WHICH SHALL MEET AT LEAST FOUR TIMES IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF THE STATE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF SEVENTEEN MEMBERS AND SHALL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FOLLOWING STATE AGENCIES: THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING, THE DIVI- SION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVEL- OPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THE DIVISION OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR ADULTS OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. OF THE EIGHT REMAINING MEMBERS, THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THREE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, ONE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND ONE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, AND SHALL BROADLY REPRESENT HOUSING AND SENIOR CITIZEN GROUPS FROM ALL GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE STATE INCLUDING SERVICE PROVIDERS, ASSOCIATIONS, ADVOCATES, PROPRIETORS, AND CONSUMERS OF FOR-PROFIT AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, ADULT HOMES, SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES, INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES, NATURALLY OCCURRING RETIRE-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01861-01-1 S. 110 2
MENT COMMUNITIES, NEIGHBORHOOD NATURALLY OCCURRING RETIREMENT COMMUNI- TIES, AND CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES. MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL BE REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL AND OTHER EXPENSES ACTUALLY AND NECESSARILY INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES. THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE CO-CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL. THE TASK FORCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING A STATE-WIDE ASSESSMENT OF SENIOR HOUSING NEEDS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE VARIOUS GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS AND DIFFERENT NEEDS OF THE SENIORS IN THOSE AREAS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THOSE DIFFERENT AREAS AND PROJECT THOSE NEEDS OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS; OTHER FACTORS WHICH SHALL BE TAKEN INTO CONSID- ERATION ARE: HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF SENIORS, THE LONG TERM CARE NEEDS OF SENIORS, FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SENIORS, OR NEEDED BY SENIORS, AND TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF SENIORS. THE ASSESSMENT SHALL INCLUDE A REVIEW OF INNOVATIVE APPROACHES SUCCESSFULLY BEING IMPLEMENTED IN OTHER STATES AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN THIS STATE. SUCH ASSESSMENT SHALL ALSO DEVELOP A VIABLE PLAN FOR PROVIDING QUALITY SENIOR HOUSING TO MEET THE PROJECTED NEEDS OF SENIORS WITH ACTIONS, STEPS AND TIME FRAMES. 2. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ISSUE A REPORT BY JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN OUTLINING ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDING THE STATE PLAN WITH TIME FRAMES. THE REPORT SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE AGING, HEALTH AND HOUSING COMMITTEES IN THE ASSEM- BLY, AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE AGING, HEALTH AND HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.