Provides that when a public assistance recipient, receiving care or treatment for alcohol or other drug addiction, moves from one social services district to another such district, the social services district from which the recipient moved shall remain responsible for such benefits for 180 days or until treatment is completed, whichever shall be sooner.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to responsibility for public assistance and care
PURPOSE: To provide a fair and consistent method of funding for care or treatment of alcohol or other drug addiction in cases where the recipient of such care or treatment leaves his or her county of residence to receive treatment in another county within the State.
JUSTIFICATION: Where a county has elected to provide a full range of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction treatment, and the addicted party seeks such treatment in another county, a payment problem arises for the care of treatment provider. Recipient counties are not overjoyed at the prospect of footing the bill for nonresidents, and payments are delayed or disallowed.
This bill would provide that the county of origin would be responsible for the treatment and care of the individual for up to 180 days or the duration of provider services, whichever is the shorter time period.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No cost to the State. Costs would balance out among counties providing services and those saving money by not providing services within the county.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1st next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 337 A. 155 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to responsibility for public assistance and care THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 62 of the social services law is amended by adding a new paragraph (h) to read as follows: (H) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, IN THE EVENT A RECIPIENT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE MOVES FROM ONE SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT TO ANOTHER SUCH DISTRICT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CARE OR TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUG ADDICTION, THE DISTRICT FROM WHICH SUCH RECIPIENT MOVED SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTINUING THE NECESSARY SOCIAL SERVICES BENEFITS TO SAID RECIPIENT FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS BEGINNING WHEN THE RECIPIENT ENTERS INTO A PROGRAM OF CARE OR TREATMENT, OR AS LONG AS SAID RECIPIENT REMAINS IN SUCH CARE OR TREATMENT, WHICHEVER IS SHORTER. SUCH BENEFITS SHALL INCLUDE THE COST OF CARE OR TREATMENT IN A FACILITY CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES FOR IN-PATIENT OR OUT-PATIENT SERVICES, AND THE COST OF HOUSING PROVIDED TO SAID RECIPIENT EITHER AS PART OF AN IN-PATIENT PROGRAM OR WHILE BEING PROVIDED WITH OUT-PATIENT SERVICES, SUBJECT TO THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAY LIMITATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01536-01-1