Bill S5831B-2009

Directs commissioner of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to study and report on the costs to the state of early diagnosis and treatment of autism

Directs the commissioner of mental retardation and developmental disabilities 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.

Details

Actions

  • May 26, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 20, 2010: PRINT NUMBER 5831B
  • May 20, 2010: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Jun 18, 2009: PRINT NUMBER 5831A
  • Jun 18, 2009: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • Jun 8, 2009: REFERRED TO RULES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - May 26, 2010
Ayes (9): Huntley, Montgomery, Duane, Adams, Breslin, Volker, Hannon, McDonald, Libous
Excused (1): Morahan

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S5831B

TITLE OF BILL : An act to direct the commissioner of mental retardation and 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 : To study the costs to the state for the early diagnosis and long term treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Sections 1 & 2 of the bill directs the OMRDD Commissioner to conduct a study which 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. The findings of such study shall be delivered to the Governor, Legislative Leaders and Committee Chairs no later than. April 1, 2012.

Section 3 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

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 of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities including 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. 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5831--B 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 8, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- 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 mental retardation and 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 mental retardation and developmental disabilities 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, 2012, the commissioner of mental retarda- tion and developmental disabilities 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 developmental 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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