Empowers the commissioner of mental health, commissioner of OGS and superintendent of state police to conduct an assessment of existing placement of signage on infrastructure discouraging suicide and make recommendations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to powers of the office of mental health and the commissioner
PURPOSE: To have the Commissioner of Mental Health, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Office of General Services and the Superintendent of the State Police, develop recommendations with regard to the placement of signage on infrastructure to discourage individuals from committing suicide.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends section 7.09 of the Mental Hygiene Law by adding a new subdivision (k) which provides that the Commissioner of Mental Health, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Office of General Services and the Superintendent of the State Police, shall conduct an assessment on the existing placement of signage on infrastructure in the State of New York to discourage individuals from committing suicide and issue a report with recommendations to the Temporary President of the Senate and Speaker of the Assembly no later than April 1, 2016.
Section 2.Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: According for the United States Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death nationally, the third leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24, and the second leading cause of death among persons aged 25-34 years old. Further, in 2010, 202 individuals committed suicide in the northeast by falling which caused it to be the fourth leading method of suicide. Currently signage is posted on a number of bridges in New York State urging individuals who are contemplating suicide not to do so and to call the national suicide prevention hotline. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of Mental Health, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Office of General Services and Superintendent of the State police to conduct an assessment of existing signage and develop recommendations on where additional signage may be warranted.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5335--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental 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 amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to powers of the office of mental health and the commissioner THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 7.09 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (k) to read as follows: (K)(1) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STATE POLICE, CONDUCT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EXISTING PLACEMENT OF SIGNAGE ON INFRASTRUCTURE TO DISCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS FROM SUICIDE AND ISSUE A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PLACEMENT OF SUCH SIGNAGE TO THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN. (2) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION THE TERM "INFRASTRUCTURE" SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, WATER TOWERS AND WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS WHETHER PUBLICLY OR PRIVATELY OWNED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10910-03-4