Bill S2673-2013

Requires the division of veterans' affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on its website; repealer

Requires the division of veterans' affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on its website; repeals provisions providing for a New York state interagency plan addressing needs of veterans and their families.

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  • Apr 30, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A587
  • Apr 29, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 24, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 23, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.416
  • Apr 16, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 23, 2013: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - Apr 16, 2013
Ayes (12): Ball, Carlucci, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Larkin, Zeldin, Addabbo, Avella, Gipson, Sampson
Absent (1): Sanders

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BILL NUMBER:S2673

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring the division of veterans' affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on its website; and to repeal subdivisions 6 and 7 of section 352 of the executive law, relating to an interagency plan addressing needs of veterans and their families

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires the division of veterans' affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on its website. The bill also repeals subdivisions 6 and 7 of section section 352 of the executive law which was added by Chapter 483 of the Laws of 2012.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 21 requiring the Division of Veterans' Affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on their website.

Section 2: Subdivisions 6 and 7 of section 352 of the Executive Law are repealed.

Section 3. The effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Combat-related mental illness has been and still is a critical issue for American war veterans. More than 85,000 New Yorkers have participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or both, since September 11, 2001. According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at least one in three Iraq veterans and one in nine Afghanistan veterans will face mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or post traumatic stress disorder. Multiple tours have increased the stress of combat.

This legislation requires the Division of Veterans' Affairs to develop portals on their website to provide links to appropriate government programs on information on suicide prevention, peer outreach, and services that address the special needs of physical disabled veterans. Providing links to information on the division's website will be helpful for veterans and their family members are they try and cope with the readjustment from military life to civilian life.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AM) LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Minimal cost to the Division of Veterans' Affairs.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2673 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring the division of veterans' affairs to maintain mental health, substance abuse and physical disabilities portals on its website; and to repeal subdivi- sions 6 and 7 of section 352 of the executive law, relating to an interagency plan addressing needs of veterans and their families THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 21 to read as follows: 21. TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST VETERANS WHO EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROB- LEMS, AND VETERANS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, BY MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES PORTALS ON THE DIVI- SION'S INTERNET WEBSITE. SUCH PORTALS SHALL PROVIDE VIRTUAL LINKS TO APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS ON THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS AND INFORMATION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION, PEER OUTREACH AND SUPPORT, AND SERVICES THAT ADDRESS THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF PHYSICALLY DISABLED VETERANS. THE DIVISION MAY CONSULT WITH THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS INFORMATION PROVIDED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS FOUR-A AND FOUR-B OF THIS SECTION AND IN THE ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF THIS SECTION. SUCH INFORMA- TION REQUIRED UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE MAINTAINED AND UPDATED ANNUALLY. S 2. Subdivisions 6 and 7 of section 352 of the executive law are REPEALED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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