Bill S3073-2011

Relates to subcommittees for mental health of community service boards; the effective date

Relates 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:S3073

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: This bill extends for another 7 years, until March 31, 2017, provisions which set forth the composition and duties of the community services boards' subcommittee for mental health which are due to expire on March 31, 2010.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill extends until March 2017 provisions of the mental hygiene law that specify that the subcommittee on mental health shall have no more than 11 members appointed by the local government. It also specifies that the subcommittee for mental health shall include at least two members who are or were consumers and at least two members who are parents or relatives of a person with mental illness. Finally, it authorizes the subcommittee for mental health to annually evaluate and report on the local services plan relative to the consistency of such plans with the needs of persons with serious mental illness, including children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.

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

EXISTING LAW: Pursuant to Section 41.05 of the mental hygiene law each local governmental unit shall have a community services board for services to the mentally ill, the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse which shall have separate subcommittees for mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and alcoholism. Section 41.11 provides for the composition of the community services boards and their subcommittees. Provisions affecting the subcommittee for mental health are due to expire March 31, 2010.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State Mental Hygiene Law sets forth the composition and function of the Community Services Board for each county. Counties are required to have both a Community Services Board and a Director of Community Services in order to be eligible for State Aid from the various departments and offices of the State. The Board is responsible for planning, reviewing and overseeing all services to the mentally disabled within its geographic area and must have a separate subcommittee representing the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse.

In 2003 New York amended section 41.11 of the mental hygiene law to specify that the subcommittee on mental health shall have no more than 11 members appointed by the local government, while the other may have no more than 9 members. It also specified that the subcommittee for mental health shall include at least two members who are or were consumers and at least two members who are parents or relatives of a person with mental illness. Finally, it authorized the subcommittee for mental health to annually evaluate and report on the local services plan relative to the consistency of such plans with the needs of persons with serious mental illness, including children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.

This bill will extends those provisions for another seven years to ensure that the local subcommittees on mental health include consumers and families and continue to evaluate and report of the local services plans as they relate to the needs of persons with serious mental illness.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6682/A.10404 - 2010 Vetoed, 6728

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3073 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, PARKER, STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities 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 SECTION FIVE OF THIS ACT SHALL EXPIRE MARCH 31, 2018 WHEN UPON SUCH DATE THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED REPEALED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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