Bill S4132A-2011

Directs certain commissioners to study and report on the costs to the state of early diagnosis and treatment of autism

Directs the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the commissioner of mental health to study and report the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

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Actions

  • May 9, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 12, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 4132A
  • Mar 12, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • May 4, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 21, 2011: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - May 9, 2012
Ayes (9): McDonald, Ball, Bonacic, Hannon, Seward, Zeldin, Huntley, Duane, Klein
Ayes W/R (1): Peralta

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4132A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for the early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum disorder

PURPOSE OF BILL: To study the costs to the State for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: (a) Project the estimate of future cost to the State associated with the increased demand for State services that will be needed to accommodate the tremendous growth in the number of individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

JUSTIFICATION: 1 in 150 children in New York State are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. There are thousands of State residents currently receiving services for autism spectrum disorders from the office for people with developmental disabilities long-term residential care. This number has steadily increased as more children are being diagnosed annually. The State already has custody or will take custody of these individuals as they grow older. The long-term impact to the State's treasury must be assessed immediately in order for funding and planning strategies to project proper service levels and improve programs for this vulnerable population. The earlier that autism spectrum disorder is recognized and treated - the less it will cost in the long run. Most states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of $50,000 per year in the process; many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children essentially mortgaging their entire futures.

PRIOR HISTORY: 2010: Referred to Mental Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4132--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 21, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. McDONALD, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities -- recommitted to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to direct the commissioner of the office for people with develop- mental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for the early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum disor- der THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of the office for people with develop- mental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the commissioner of mental health shall cause a study to be performed on the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, a projected estimate of future cost to the state associated with state services that will be needed to accommodate the growth in the number of individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. S 2. On or before April 1, 2014, the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the commissioner of mental health shall deliver a copy of the findings of the study conducted pursuant to section one of this act and any legislative recommendations he or she deems to be necessary to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the mental health and develop-
mental disabilities committee of the senate, and the chair of the mental health committee of the assembly. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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