Bill S3013-2013

Includes the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community service board

Includes the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community services board.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Jan 28, 2013: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S3013

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to including the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community service board

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require an executive officer of a local government's office for the aging to serve on the local community service board's executive committee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 and 2 of the bill relate to the composition of local community services board in population areas ranging from less than one hundred thousand to cities over one million. Requires that the local government's executive officer of the local government's office for the aging be a member of that local government's community service board's executive committee.

Section 3 relates to when this act shall take effect.

JUSTIFICATION: After meeting with local community service board members and executive officers of local offices for the aging, it was determined that including the executive officer of the local government's office for the aging on that government's community service board executive committee would help to reduce duplication of services and increase coordination of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities services.

As our population continues to age, and more seniors struggle with mental illnesses, problems of addiction and developmental disabilities, including the executive officer for that local government's office for the aging will help to properly allocate resources in coordination with all of the other departments and agencies that currently make up the executive committee of the community services board.

This act will help to break down silos, eliminate duplication, reduce the cost of services for taxpayers and improve service delivery through better coordination and planning.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 3013 A. 3575 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 28, 2013 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. BARRETT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Mental Health AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to including the executive officer of a local government's office for the aging in the composition of such government's local community service board THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental hygiene law, as amended by section 52 of chapter 37 of the laws of 2011, are amended to read as follows: (a) In all local governments with a population less than one hundred thousand, community services boards, at the option of the local govern- ment, shall have either nine or fifteen members appointed by the local government. In all other local governments, a community services board shall have fifteen members appointed by the local government. Whenever practicable at least one member shall be a licensed physician and one member shall be a certified psychologist and otherwise at least two members shall be licensed physicians, such members to have demon- strated an interest in the field of services for persons with mental disabilities. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S OFFICE FOR THE AGING. The other members shall represent the community interest in all the problems of persons with mental disabili- ties and shall include representatives from community agencies for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse. The community services board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcoholism or, at the discretion of the local govern-
ment, alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no more than nine members appointed by the local government, except that each subcommittee for mental health shall have no more than eleven members appointed by the local government. Three of each such subcommit- tee shall be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such persons with mental disa- bilities and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally disabled, except that each subcommittee for mental health shall include at least two members who are or were consumers of mental health services, and at least two members who are parents or relatives of persons with mental illness. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the community services board and the director of community services regard- ing the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in such board or director, as such functions pertain to the field of services for the particular class of mentally disabled individuals represented by such subcommittee. In addition, each subcommittee for mental health shall be authorized to annually evaluate the local services plan, and shall be authorized to report on the consistency of such plan with the needs of persons with serious mental illness, including children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Any such report shall be forwarded annually to the community services board and the director of community services and a copy shall also be sent to the commissioner prior to the submission of the local services plan, provided, however, that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to cities of over a million in population. (b) In cities of over a million a community services board shall consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the mayor. There shall be at least two residents of each county within such cities on the board. At least one shall be a licensed physician and at least one shall be a certified psychologist. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. The other members shall represent the community interest in all of the problems of the mentally disabled and shall include representatives from community agencies for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse. The community services board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental disabili- ties, and alcoholism or, at the discretion of the local government, alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no more than nine members appointed by the local government, except that each subcommittee for mental health shall have no more than eleven members appointed by the local government. Three members of each such subcommittee shall be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such persons with mental disabilities and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally disabled, except that each subcommittee for mental health shall include at least two members who are or were consumers of mental health services, and two members who are parents or relatives of persons with mental illness. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the commu- nity services board and the director of community services regarding the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in such board or direc- tor, as such functions pertain to the field of services for the partic- ular class of individuals with mental disabilities represented by such
subcommittee. In addition, each subcommittee for mental health shall be authorized to annually evaluate the local services plan, and shall be authorized to report on the consistency of such plan with the needs of persons with serious mental illness, including children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Any such report shall be forwarded annually to the community services board and the director of community services, and a copy shall also be sent to the commissioner prior to the submission of the local services plan. S 2. Subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental hygiene law, as amended by section 52-a of chapter 37 of the laws of 2011, are amended to read as follows: (a) In all local governments with a population less than one hundred thousand, community services board, at the option of the local govern- ment, shall have either nine or fifteen members appointed by the local government. In all other local governments, a community services board shall have fifteen members appointed by the local government. Whenever practicable at least one member shall be a licensed physician and one member shall be a certified psychologist and otherwise at least two members shall be licensed physicians, such members to have demon- strated an interest in the field of services for the mentally disabled. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S OFFICE FOR THE AGING. The other members shall represent the community interest in all the problems of the mentally disabled and shall include representatives from community agencies for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse. The community services board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental disabilities, and alco- holism or, at the discretion of the local government, alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no more than nine members appointed by the local government. Three of each such subcommit- tee shall be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such mentally disabled persons and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally disa- bled. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the community services board and the director of community services regarding the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in such board or director, as such functions pertain to the field of services for the particular class of individuals with mental disabilities represented by such subcommittee. Provided however that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to cities of over a million in population. (b) In cities of over a million a community services board shall consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the mayor. There shall be at least two residents of each county within such cities on the board. At least one shall be a licensed physician and at least one shall be a certified psychologist. ONE MEMBER SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING. The other members shall represent the community interest in all of the problems of persons with mental disabilities and shall include representatives from community agencies for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse. The community services board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcoholism or, at the discretion of the local govern- ment, alcoholism and substance abuse. Each separate subcommittee shall have no more than nine members appointed by the local government. Three
members of each such subcommittee shall be members of the board. Each separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mental- ly disabled and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such persons with mental disabilities and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally disabled. Each separate subcommittee shall advise the community services board and the director of community services regarding the exercise of all policy-making functions vested in such board or director, as such functions pertain to the field of services for the particular class of persons with mental disabilities represented by such subcommittee. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- ments to subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 41.11 of the mental hygiene law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such subdivisions pursuant to section 7 of part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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