Establishes the eating disorders awareness and prevention program in the department of health.
Ayes (37): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Martins, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Hassell-Thompson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the eating disorders awareness and prevention program
PURPOSE: To include eating disorders within the health care and wellness education and outreach program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law to add a new paragraph (j) to establish that the eating disorders awareness and prevention program shall be designed to promote the awareness of eating disorders and available services, as well as to prevent and reduce the incidence and prevalence of eating disorders, especially among children and adolescents.
Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Alarmingly, in American high schools 30% of girls and 16% of boys suffer from disordered eating. Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. In fact it has the highest death rate of any mental illness with females between the ages of 15 and 24 dying 12 times more from their eating disorder than all other causes of death in that age-group.
A recent study found that between 1999 and 2006, hospitalizations for eating disorders increased most sharply (119%) for children younger than 12 years old. Clearly eating disorder awareness, detection and prevention must start at early ages and be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Early recognition and intervention of eating disorders has been linked to better treatment outcomes.
New York State has already taken a leading role in recognizing the importance of addressing eating disorders. In 2004 a network of Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders were established and in 2007 the Child Performer Advisory Board to Prevent Eating Disorders was enacted. This bill represents the next steps for New York State to ensure we do everything we can to be proactive and, save lives.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7386 Died-in Finance/ A.10149-A Passed Assembly.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined, however with the cost of treating full symptom eating disorders costing upwards of $30,000 per month, this bill can, a minimal cost, result in significant savings to the state health care system while saving lives.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2530--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. HANNON, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BOYLE, DeFRANCISCO, GRISAN- TI, PARKER, ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on 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 public health law, in relation to establishing the eating disorders awareness and prevention program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as follows: (J) THE EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF EATING DISORDERS AND AVAILABLE SERVICES, AS WELL AS TO PREVENT AND REDUCE THE INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE OF EATING DISORDERS, ESPECIALLY AMONG CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05353-07-4