Bill S4582B-2011

Requires a representative of veteran and alcoholism or substance abuse programs to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services

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.

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  • Jun 15, 2011: SUBSTITUTED BY A141B
  • Jun 7, 2011: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 4582B
  • May 16, 2011: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4582A
  • May 10, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 9, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 4, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.550
  • Apr 12, 2011: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S4582B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring 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: To require a veterans provider representative and veterans consumer representative be included on 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 PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 19.05 of the Mental Hygiene law by requiring that of the ten consumer representatives on the OASAS advisory council, one of those appointments shall be a veteran who has served in a combat theater or combat zone of operations and is a member of a veterans organization. This section further provides that of the ten representatives of providers of services one shall have provided services to veterans who have served in a combat theater or combat zone of operations.

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 have a voice on the OASAS advisory council to ensure that veteran issues and barriers to treatment are being adequately addressed in OASAS planning.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10889, 2010 passed Assembly. Same as S.7566-A, passed Senate. Vetoed (Veto No. 6721 of 2010).

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately - and shall only apply to vacancies occurring on or after such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4582--B Cal. No. 550 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 12, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. BALL, AVELLA, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retain- ing its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of subdivision (a) of section 19.05 of the mental hygiene law, as amended by chapter 259 of the laws of 2008, are amended to read as follows: (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. OF THE FOREGOING APPOINTMENTS, ONE SHALL BE A VETERAN WHO HAS SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS AND IS A MEMBER OF A VETERANS ORGANIZATION; (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 ONE WHO HAS PROVIDED SERVICES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATER OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS and not more than two shall represent each group of facilities; and S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall only apply to vacancies occurring on or after such effective date.

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