Establishes a task force on adults with developmental disabilities to study, evaluate and develop recommendations concerning vocational, recreational and social needs of such adults.
BILL NUMBER:S6659 REVISED 6/16/14
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the task force on adults with intellectual disabilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE: Establishes the task force on adults with developmental disabilities within the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Legislative findings.
Section 2: Amends the Mental Hygiene law adding a new section 13.41 which creates the Task Force on adults with developmental disabilities.
The task force shall be comprised of ten members as follows:
*Commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities; *Commissioner of Health; *Commissioner of Education; *Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal; *Commissioner of Mental Health *Commissioner of Labor; and *Four (4) members with demonstrated expertise in issues relating to the work of the task force, two (2) of whom are appointed by the Governor, and one each appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.
The task force shall study, evaluate and develop recommendations relating to specific actionable measures to support and meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities who are residents of the state, including such needs as vocational, residential and social needs. This study shall also evaluate the long term needs of adults with developmental disabilities who reside with aging caregivers. The recommendations of the task force shall comprise the basis for a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1st, 2016.
Section 3: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The legislature has found that adults living with developmental disabilities require a lifetime of person-centered supports and services, yet much of the focus on developmental disabilities relates to education and development, and neglects concerns that may arise later in a person's life. There is a pressing need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate achievable goals for state government to meet in order to better serve the community of adults with intellectual disabilities. To this end, it is in the Public interest to establish a task force on adults with developmental disabilities to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting
the various needs of adults with developmental disabilities living in New York.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar to: S.882 of 2013: Passed Senate and Assembly, vetoed by the Governor, Veto No. 273
S.2135-B of 2012: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health
S.2135-A of 2011: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health
S.6647 of 2010: Referred to Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed two year after such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6659 IN SENATE February 25, 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 establishing the task force on adults with intellectual disabilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that intellec- tual disabilities is a lifelong disability, yet much of the focus on intellectual disabilities relates to education and development, and neglects concerns that may arise later in a person's life. The legisla- ture also finds that adults with intellectual disabilities may face significant challenges in various aspects of their lives, including such areas as job placement, housing and long-term care. Consequently, the legislature finds that there is a pressing need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate achievable goals for state govern- ment to meet in order to better serve the community of adults with intellectual disabilities. To this end, it is in the public interest to establish a task force on adults with intellectual disabilities to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the various needs of adults with intellectual disabilities living in New York. S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 13.41 to read as follows: S 13.41 TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. (A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH INTEL- LECTUAL DISABILITIES IN THE OFFICE. THE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE TO STUDY, EVALUATE AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO SPECIFIC ACTIONABLE MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND MEET THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH INTEL- LECTUAL DISABILITIES WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING SUCH NEEDS AS VOCATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS. ADDITIONALLY, THE TASK FORCE SHALL STUDY THE LONG TERM NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES WHO HAVE AGING CAREGIVERS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14094-01-4 S. 6659 2
NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, AND SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (F) OF THIS SECTION. (B) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF NINE MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS: (1) THE COMMISSIONER, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR ADULT CAREER AND CONTINUING EDUCATION SERVICES WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR; AND (2) FOUR MEMBERS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN ISSUES RELATING TO THE WORK OF THE TASK FORCE; WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, NO LATER THAN THE THIRTIETH DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. VACANCIES IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE SAME MANNER PROVIDED FOR BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS. (C) THE COMMISSIONER OR THE COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE SHALL SERVE AS CHAIRPERSON OF THE TASK FORCE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ORGANIZE AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND SHALL SELECT A VICE-CHAIRPERSON FROM AMONG THE MEMBERS. THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL APPOINT A SECRETARY WHO NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE. (D) THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES. (E) TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE, AND SHALL UTILIZE AND BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH FACILITIES, RESOURCES AND DATA OF ANY COURT, DEPARTMENT, DIVISION, BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI- VISION THEREOF AS IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT ITS POWERS AND DUTIES. (F) THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY ON OR BEFORE APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN. S 3. This act shall take effect April 1, 2015 and shall expire and be deemed repealed 1 year after such effective date.