Creates a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry to collect, aggregate and display information about available acute beds in public and private psychiatric facilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of an acute psychiatric bed registry
PURPOSE: To establish and administer a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry to collect, aggregate, and display information about available beds in public and private inpatient psychiatric facilities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 9.65 to create an acute psychiatric bed registry. This registry shall include descriptive information for every public and private inpatient psychiatric facility and every public or private crisis stabilization unit in the state; provided real-time information about the number of beds available at each facility.
Every state facility, community services board, behavioral health authority, and private provider licensed by the department shall participate in the acute psychiatric bed registry, and shall designate an employee to submit information for the inclusion in the acute psychiatric bed registry.
The commissioner may enter into a contract with a private entity for the development and administration of the acute psychiatric bed registry.
JUSTIFICATION: Due in part to the closure of many psychiatric facilities throughout the State, psychiatric patients and their families are forced to turn to emergency rooms in hospitals when experiencing acute psychiatric distress. However, there are finite, limited number of beds for psychiatric patients in hospitals. If an acute psychiatric bed in unavailable to a patient within such hospital, the emergency personal may be forced to release the patient. Establishing a web-based acute psychiatric bed registry would enable the emergency rooms, as well as any public or private psychiatric inpatient facility, to be part of a data base that can easily determine at which facility acute psychiatric beds are available, in real time, instead of simply releasing a patient when unable to provide a bed. This will help aid in acute psychiatric patients receiving the care they and their families need and deserve
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become law
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6607 IN SENATE February 12, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of an acute psychiatric bed registry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 9.65 to read as follows: S 9.65 ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY. (A) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP AND ADMINISTER A WEB-BASED ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY TO COLLECT, AGGREGATE, AND DISPLAY INFORMATION ABOUT AVAILABLE ACUTE BEDS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL CRISIS STABILIZATION UNITS TO FACILITATE THE IDENTIFICATION AND DESIGNATION OF FACILITIES FOR THE TEMPORARY DETENTION AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE. (B) THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION SHALL: 1. INCLUDE DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION FOR EVERY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INPA- TIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY AND EVERY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CRISIS STABILIZA- TION UNIT IN THE STATE, INCLUDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE FACILITY; 2. PROVIDE REAL-TIME INFORMATION ABOUT THE NUMBER OF BEDS AVAILABLE AT EACH FACILITY AND, FOR EACH AVAILABLE BED, THE TYPE OF PATIENT THAT MAY BE ADMITTED, THE LEVEL OF SECURITY PROVIDED, AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES OR DESIGNEES OF COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARDS AND EMPLOYEES OF PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES TO IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE FACILITIES FOR DETENTION AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE; AND 3. ALLOW EMPLOYEES AND DESIGNEES OF COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARDS AND EMPLOYEES OF PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES TO PERFORM SEARCHES OF THE REGISTRY TO IDENTIFY AVAILABLE BEDS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE DETENTION AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13783-02-4 S. 6607 2
(C) EVERY STATE FACILITY, COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, AND PRIVATE PROVIDER LICENSED BY THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PARTIC- IPATE IN THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL DESIGNATE AN EMPLOYEE TO SUBMIT INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY AND SERVE AS A POINT OF CONTACT FOR ADDRESSING REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO DATA REPORTED TO THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY. INFORMA- TION REPORTED TO THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY SHALL BE UPDATED AT LEAST DAILY. (D) THE COMMISSIONER MAY ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH A PRIVATE ENTITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRY ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (A) OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.