Bill S5541-2013

Extends provisions of law relating to foster care demonstration programs

Extends provisions of law relating to foster care demonstration programs.

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  • Jun 20, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A7504
  • Jun 20, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1500
  • Jun 20, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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BILL NUMBER:S5541

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 942 of the laws of 1983 and chapter 541 of the laws of 1984, relating to foster family care demonstration programs, and to amend chapter 256 of the laws of 1985, amending the social services law and other laws relating to foster family care demonstration programs, in relation to extending the expirations thereof

PURPOSE: This legislation will extend the expiration date of the foster family care demonstration program for an additional four years.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends various sections relating to the foster family care demonstration programs by extending the provisions to expire December 31, 2017.

EXISTING LAW: Current provisions are set to expire December 31, 2013.

JUSTIFICATION: The authority for the foster family care demonstration program was originally established by Chapter 942 of the laws of 1983 and chapter 541 of the laws of 1984. The program was extended over the years and is set to expire in December 2013.

The State is constantly trying to find ways to reduce and contain rising Medicaid costs. The foster family care demonstration program has been one such attempt. It was established as a cost effective community based alternative to care in a residential health care facility. Foster family care providers serve one or two individuals who are medically eligible for residential health care or personal care services and who lack a home or the resources or family support to live in the community. Care-givers provide room and board, supervision, and assistance with personal care in their home. A sponsoring agency supervises the care and is also responsible for recruitment and training.

Foster family care is financed from a combination of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid or private pay. The demonstration project was originally tested in two sites, Westchester and Dutchess counties. Chapter 942 of the Laws of 1983 and Chapter 541 of the Laws of 1984, authorized the continuation of these two demonstration sites and authorized the Department to designate up to 10 additional entities to participate. The foster family care demonstration program is an important option in the long term care continuum that should be extended. The program serves a distinct population in a cost-effective manner and develops familial relationships between clients and caregivers. It also reduces institutionalization, emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5541 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend chapter 942 of the laws of 1983 and chapter 541 of the laws of 1984, relating to foster family care demonstration programs, and to amend chapter 256 of the laws of 1985, amending the social services law and other laws relating to foster family care demon- stration programs, in relation to extending the expirations thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 942 of the laws of 1983, relating to foster family care demonstration programs, as amended by section 40 of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire December 31, [2013] 2017. S 2. Section 3 of chapter 541 of the laws of 1984, relating to foster family care demonstration programs, as amended by section 41 of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 3. This section and subdivision two of section two of this act shall take effect immediately and the remaining provisions of this act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day next thereafter. This act shall expire December 31, [2013] 2017. S 3. Section 6 of chapter 256 of the laws of 1985, amending the social services law and other laws relating to foster family care demonstration programs, as amended by section 42 of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 6. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire December 31, [2013] 2017 and upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed to be repealed. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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