Bill S3115A-2009

Directs the divisions of parole and probation and correctional alternatives to train their officers in substance abuse; appropriation

Requires the director of the division of probation and the division of parole, subject to the authority of the chairman, to provide probation officers, and parole officers, respectively, with substance abuse training and education programs; provides that such training shall include, but not be limited to, identification of controlled substances; identification of the physical signs of substance abuse and use; an awareness of the impact of substance abuse and use on the family unit; and the availability of drug treatment, prevention, education services, and appropriate referrals; requires such programs to be developed in conjunction with the division of substance abuse services; appropriates $500,000 therefor.

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  • May 3, 2010: PRINT NUMBER 3115A
  • May 3, 2010: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Mar 18, 2009: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Mar 11, 2009: REFERRED TO FINANCE

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S3115A

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the executive law and the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring training for probation and parole officers in substance abuse and making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE OF BILL :

To require that Parole and Probation officers receive specific substance abuse training.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Amends Section 243 and 259-a of the Executive Law to require the Director of the Division of Probation and the Division of Parole, subject to the authority of the chairman, to provide probation officers, and parole officers, respectively, with substance abuse training and education programs. Such training shall include but not be limited to identification of controlled substances; identification of the physical signs of substance abuse/use; an awareness of the impact of substance abuse/use on the family unit; and the availability of drug treatment, prevention, education services, and appropriate referrals. Requires such programs to be developed in conjunction with the Division of Substance Abuse Services.

Amends Section 19.07 of the Mental Hygiene Law to require the Division of Substance Abuse Services to develop a substance abuse training, education program in conjunction with the Division of Parole and the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

A January 5, 1988 article on New York State Prisons in the ALBANY TIMES UNION stated that "more New York State inmates are serving time on drug related convictions than for any other type of offense". According to the State Department of Correctional Services, of the approximately 40,000 inmates in State prisons, 8,261 inmates (over 20%) were serving sentences on drug-related charges. Many inmates, upon release, return to the same environment where drug use/abuse activity may have occurred. These individuals, inevitably, return to the correctional system. It is important that Parole and Probation officers be provided with substance abuse education training. This training will help to decrease the recidivism rate of inmates through the State's penal system and ensure that inmate's families receive substance abuse services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2003-04: S.640 - Referred to Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 2001-02: S.4071 - Referred to Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

1999-00:-S.2779 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 1997-98:-S.1430 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 1995-96: S.4l09 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 1993-94: S.3544 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 1991-92: S.4362 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections 1989-90: S.3609/A.8897 - Held in Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : Appropriate $500,000 to the Division of Substance Abuse Services.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3115--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 11, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, DIAZ, ESPADA, HASSELL-THOMPSON, ONORATO, PERKINS, SAMPSON, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- recommitted to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction 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 executive law and the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring training for probation and parole officers in substance abuse and making an appropriation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 243 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows: 5. THE DIRECTOR SHALL PROVIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PROBATION OFFICERS. SUCH TRAINING SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: IDENTIFICATION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES; IDENTIFICATION OF THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE/USE; AN AWARENESS AND UNDERSTAND- ING OF THE IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE/USE ON THE FAMILY UNIT; AND THE AVAILABILITY OF DRUG TREATMENT, PREVENTION, EDUCATION SERVICES, AND APPROPRIATE REFERRALS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE CONDUCTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES. S 2. Section 259-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 11. THE DIVISION SHALL PROVIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PAROLE OFFICERS. SUCH TRAINING SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: IDENTIFICATION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES; IDENTIFICATION OF THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE/USE; AN AWARENESS OF THE IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE/USE ON THE FAMILY UNIT; AND THE AVAILABILITY OF DRUG TREATMENT, PREVENTION, EDUCATION SERVICES, AND APPROPRIATE REFERRALS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE CONDUCTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OFFICE OF ALCO- HOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.
S 3. Section 19.07 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows: (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES SHALL DEVEL- OP A SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DIVISION OF PAROLE AND THE DIVISION OF PROBATION AND CORRECTIONAL ALTER- NATIVES TO PROVIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING AND EDUCATION AS PROVIDED IN SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED FORTY-THREE AND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE-A OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW. S 4. The sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services from any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated for services and expenses of the said office for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such sum shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner of said office, or his duly designated representative in the manner provided by law. No expenditure shall be made from this appropriation until a certificate of approval of availability shall have been issued by the director of the budget and filed with the state comptroller and a copy filed with the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assem- bly ways and means committee. Such certificate may be amended from time to time by the director of the budget and a copy of each such amendment shall be filed with the state comptroller, the chairman of the senate finance committee and the chairman of the assembly ways and means committee. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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