Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop training materials for health care providers and qualified health professionals, recognized by the office to enable the implementation of the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment program, regarding screening for alcoholism and chemical dependency.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop training materials for health care providers and qualified health professionals to encourage implementation of the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill supports the expansion of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Program (SBIRT) beyond hospital emergency rooms by making available training materials that should help to educate health care providers and qualified health professionals on how to correctly administer SBIRT.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop training materials for screening for alcoholism and chemical dependency.
JUSTIFICATION: Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice model which is proven to be successful in modifying behavioral patterns with at-risk substance users and in identifying individuals who are in need of more extensive, specialized treatment. The implementation of SBIRT in primary health care settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics and private physician offices) will allow for the early detection of risky alcohol and drug use. Applied as a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach, it can result in early intervention which could help to avert the serious and costly health consequences of undetected substance abuse.
The 2011-2012 New York State Enacted Budget included a proposal that will expand the use of SHIRT for alcohol/drug abuse beyond the emergency room setting. According to the Medicaid Redesign Team, New York State will realize a savings of $850,000 in the 2011-2012 State Fiscal Year (SFY) with state savings in the SFY 2012-2013 and in the outlying years increasing to $1.7 million.
The expansion of SBIRT beyond the emergency room will require health care professionals to learn a new set of skills and become familiar with new administrative processes. Training will help to ensure the effective implementation of SHIRT in primary care settings.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6174 IN SENATE January 10, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. KLEIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop training materials for health care providers and qualified health professionals to encourage implementation of the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 19.07 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows: (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, IN CONSUL- TATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL PROVIDE AND PUBLISH, IN ELECTRONIC OR OTHER FORMAT, TRAINING MATERIALS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVID- ERS, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, AND QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, RECOGNIZED BY THE OFFICE TO ENABLE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCREENING, BRIEF INTERVENTION, AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT PROGRAM (SBIRT). SUCH TRAINING MATERIALS SHALL INCLUDE ANY AND ALL MATERIALS NECESSARY TO INFORM HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS OF THE METHOD FOR ADMINISTERING THE SBIRT PROGRAM TO A PATIENT IN THE CARE OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS OR QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. SUCH TRAINING MATERIALS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THROUGH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES OF THE OFFICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND BY ANY OTHER MEANS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11571-01-1