Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): O'Mara, Parker
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a veterans' gerontological advisory committee
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: The elder law is amended by adding a new section 224 which states that a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee is established in the Office of the Aging, consisting of no more than nineteen members, who shall serve six-year terms without remuneration. At least sixty-percent of the members of the committee shall be age sixty or older.
At least ten of the members shall be veterans, two of whom shall be appointed by the governor, three of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly, three of whom shall be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate. Nine of the members shall be appointed by the Director of the Office of the Aging, at least one of whom shall be a physician in the field of primary care geriatric medicine, at least one of whom shall be a researcher in the field of social gerontology, at least one of whom shall be certified as a geriatric nurse practitioner, at least one of whom shall be a clinical practitioner of geriatric psychiatry, at least one of whom shall be a facility or health care system veterans home based primary care program director, at least one of whom shall be a caregiver in the field of veterans respite care, at least one of whom shall be an expert in the field of elder care planning and management from the New York State Veterans' home, at least one of whom shall be an expert in the field of gerontological social work who specializes in services for aging veterans, and at least one of whom shall be an economist with a focus in the fields of aging, household saving, pensions, social security, taxation, and housing markets.
The committee shall meet at least once annually at times and places set by the commissioner and provide advice, comments and recommendations to advise the director on policies, programs, services and trends impacting the state's aging veteran population and the larger context of veterans health care systems, and such other matters as the director may request.
The director may ask other individuals to attend the committee's meetings or work with it on an occasional or regular basis.
Membership on the committee shall not constitute the holding of an office, and the committee shall not have the right to exercise any portion of the sovereign powers of the state. No member of the committee shall be disqualified from holding any public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office or employment, by reason of his or her appointment.
Section 2: States the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States, and older veterans represent a population whose needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines. This legislation establishes a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee, which will advise the Director of the Office of the Aging on policies, programs, services and trends affecting New York's aging veteran population.
At no cost to the taxpayers, the advisory committee will be able to provide crucial recommendations aimed at improving the care and support available to aging Veterans. The membership will be drawn from the ranks of New York's finest experts on aging, seniors' and veterans' issues, representing medical researchers, practitioners, academia, and veterans' organizations.
Their mission will be to share information and challenges associated with caring for aging veterans, and their families, providing the Office of the Aging with guidance on pressing concerns including caregiver initiatives, alternative housing trends for Veterans, long term and continuing care, health promotion and rehabilitation, departmental research and dementia research. The committee can also play a role in educating staff and the public on a wide range of issues affecting veterans and seniors.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010 - S.7959/A.11306 - AGING/Rules 2011-2012 - S.3337/A.1128 - PASSED SENATE/Aging
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1862 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, LARKIN, ZELDIN -- 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 veterans' gerontological advisory committee 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 224 to read as follows: S 224. VETERANS' GERONTOLOGICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE OFFICE A VETERANS' GERONTOLOGICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF NO MORE THAN NINETEEN MEMBERS TO BE APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR A TERM OF SIX YEARS AND MAY SERVE UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSORS ARE CHOSEN. MEMBERS SHALL SERVE WITHOUT SALARY. ANY MEMBER CHOSEN TO FILL A VACANCY CREATED OTHERWISE THAN BY EXPIRATION OF TERM SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF THE MEMBER HE OR SHE IS TO SUCCEED. A CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, AND THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE COMPRISED OF: (A) TWO MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, BOTH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS; (B) NINE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, INCLUDING: (1) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A PHYSICIAN IN THE FIELD OF PRIMARY CARE GERIATRIC MEDICINE; (2) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A RESEARCHER IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY; (3) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS A GERIATRIC NURSE PRAC- TITIONER; (4) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CLINICAL PRACTITIONER OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04854-01-3 S. 1862 2
(5) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A FACILITY OR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM VETERANS' HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AS DEFINED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS VETERANS' HEALTH ADMINIS- TRATION DIRECTIVE ELEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-ONE; (6) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CAREGIVER IN THE FIELD OF VETER- ANS' RESPITE CARE; (7) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF ELDERCARE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HOME ESTAB- LISHED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWENTY-SIX-A OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW; (8) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF GERONTO- LOGICAL SOCIAL WORK WHO SPECIALIZES IN SERVICES FOR AGING VETERANS; AND (9) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN ECONOMIST WITH A FOCUS IN THE FIELDS OF AGING, HOUSEHOLD SAVING, PENSIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY, TAXATION, AND HOUSING MARKETS; (C) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS; (D) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS; (E) ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN; AND (F) ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN. 2. SIXTY PERCENT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE SIXTY YEARS OF AGE OR OVER. 3. THE COMMITTEE SHALL PROVIDE ADVICE, COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR ON POLICIES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND TRENDS IMPACTING THE STATE'S AGING VETERAN POPULATION AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF VETERANS' HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, AND SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS THE DIRECTOR MAY REQUEST IN RELATION TO THIS ARTICLE. 4. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY AT TIMES AND PLACES SET BY THE CHAIRPERSON. 5. THE DIRECTOR MAY ASK OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO ATTEND THE COMMITTEE'S MEETINGS OR WORK WITH IT ON AN OCCASIONAL OR REGULAR BASIS. 6. MEMBERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE THE HOLDING OF AN OFFICE, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO TAKE AND FILE OATHS OF OFFICE BEFORE SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE ANY PORTION OF THE SOVEREIGN POWERS OF THE STATE. 7. NO MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING ANY PUBLIC OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT, NOR SHALL HE OR SHE FORFEIT ANY SUCH OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT, BY REASON OF HIS OR HER APPOINTMENT HEREUNDER, NOTWITH- STANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR CITY CHARTER. 8. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES ENGAGED AND WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN BY DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.