Bill S3062-2011

Relates to the community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program and the community health and workforce reinvestment account; effectiveness

Amends part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, amending the mental hygiene law and the state finance law relating to the community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program and the membership of subcommittees for mental health of community service boards and the duties of such subcommittees and creating the community health and workforce reinvestment account, in relation to the effective date.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Feb 8, 2011: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S3062

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, amending the mental hygiene law and the state finance law relating to the community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program and the membership of subcommittees for mental health of community service boards and the duties of such subcommittees and creating the community health and workforce reinvestment account, in relation to the effective date thereof

PURPOSE: To extend New York State's Community Mental Health Workforce Reinvestment Program and the community health workforce reinvestment account for an additional seven years until March 31, 2018.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends section 7 of part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003 to extend for seven years, until March 31, 2017, those provisions of law which provide for community mental health reinvestment.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

EXISTING LAW: New York's Mental Health Community Reinvestment Act was originally enacted in 1993 to direct all savings within the State-operated mental health service delivery system be reallocated to localities across the State to meet the mental health needs of individuals and facilitate their ability to live independently in their home communities. The program was allowed to expire in 2001, but was finally signed back into law with revisions by chapter 62 of the laws of 2003. That statute is set to expire on March 31, 2010.

JUSTIFICATION: Community Mental Health Reinvestment was initiated in 1993 with a sunset and subsequently renewed with revisions to establish the state policy that savings achieved through downsizing of state operated mental health facilities would be reallocated to localities across the state to meet the mental health needs of individuals and facilitate their ability to live independently in their home communities. Reinvestment was an important promise that the state made and has continued to support for over 15 years. It has proved enormously successful and helpful in creating and supporting community mental health services. In March, 2010 the promise of reinvestment sunsets. It is incumbent upon the state to take action and ensure that any opportunities for reinvestments into our community mental health service system remain intact.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6683/A.10405 - 2010 Vetoed, No. 6729

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state unless facilities are downsized in which case a portion of the savings would go to the community mental

health support and workforce reinvest account instead of to the State's general fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3062 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disa- bilities AN ACT to amend part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, amending the mental hygiene law and the state finance law relating to the community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program and the membership of subcommittees for mental health of community service boards and the duties of such subcommittees and creating the community health and workforce reinvestment account, in relation to the effec- tive date thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 7 of part R2 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, amending the mental hygiene law and the state finance law relating to the community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program and the membership of subcommittees for mental health of community service boards and the duties of such subcommittees and creating the community mental health and workforce reinvestment account, as amended by section 2 of part C of chapter 111 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 7. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire March 31, 2013 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed; PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT SECTIONS TWO AND SIX OF THIS ACT SHALL EXPIRE MARCH 31, 2018 WHEN UPON SUCH DATE THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH SECTIONS SHALL BE DEEMED REPEALED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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