Requires a representative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs to be on the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse programs as well as a representative who is a combat veteran and is recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to adding a representative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs and a representative who is a veteran that served in combat and is recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To add a veterans provider representative and veterans consumer representative to the advisory council of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to ensure that veteran issues are adequately addressed in OASAS planning.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 19.05 of the Mental Hygiene law by increasing the number of OASAS advisory council members from twenty-six to twenty-eight; and by adding one representative of a program or provider that treats veterans and one consumer representative who is a combat veteran recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse to the OASAS advisory council.
Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Through their service, many military personnel in New York were exposed to or have experienced trauma, placing many of them in high risk categories of triggering underlying conditions, such as alcoholism and substance abuse problems. OASAS-certified programs treated nearly 14,000 veterans for alcohol or substance abuse in the past year. According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 75,000 New York veterans suffer from alcoholism or alcohol dependence. At a joint hearing held February 2, 2010 by the Assembly Committees on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Veterans' Affairs, and Mental Health, witnesses testified that many barriers exist for veterans seeking alcohol and substance abuse treatment, including lack of information, stigma, and lack of qualified counselors.
This bill requires that veterans get a voice on the OASAS advisory council to ensure that veteran issues and barriers to treatment are being adequately addressed in OASAS planning.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10889, 2010 passed Assembly. Same as S.7566-A, passed Senate. Vetoed (Veto No. 6721 of 2010).
FISCAL IMPLICATION: Not yet determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4582 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 12, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to adding a repre- sentative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs and a representative who is a veteran that served in combat and is recover- ing from alcohol and/or substance abuse to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 19.05 of the mental hygiene law, as amended by chapter 259 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: (a) The council shall consist of the commissioner of alcoholism and substance abuse services, or his or her designee who shall not have the right to vote, the chairman of the conference of local mental hygiene directors or his or her designee, and
[twenty-six]TWENTY-EIGHT members appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. The council shall include at least three members from each appellate division. The governor shall designate one of the appointed members of the council as chair, who shall serve as such for a three year term. The council shall elect a vice-chair, who shall serve as such for a three year term. Membership shall be representative of the public, shall have broad programmatic and geographic representation, shall include both not-for-profit and proprietary alcoholism and substance abuse providers of services, and shall include: (1) ten consumer representatives, including persons who are recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse or significant others of patients or former patients or patient advocates, or representatives of advocacy and prevention organizations;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00921-01-1 S. 4582 2
(2) ten representatives of providers of services to persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances or engage in problem gambling, including but not limited to representatives of free standing inpatient alcoholism or substance abuse facilities, general hospitals, residential facilities for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances, methadone maintenance programs, outpatient facilities for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances, and prevention and gambling programs, at least one of whom shall be a physi- cian and not more than two shall represent each group of facilities;
[and](3) six representatives of public and private payors of alcoholism and/or substance abuse treatment including insurers, hospital, health, and medical service corporations that pay for alcoholism and/or substance abuse treatment, self-insured employee benefit plans, union welfare fund benefit plans, and state and local government agencies which pay for alcoholism or substance abuse treatment, at least one of whom shall represent a hospital service corporation; (4) ONE REPRESENTATIVE OF A PROVIDER OR PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES TREAT- MENT, REHABILITATION, AND RELAPSE PREVENTION AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPER- ATIONS; AND (5) ONE CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVE WHO IS A VETERAN THAT HAS SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS, AND WHO IS RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.