Bill S6685-2013

Provides additional health services and employment benefits for veterans

Provides additional benefits for veterans; provides for services and counseling related to post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries; requires reports to the legislature concerning the number of veterans who are incarcerated.

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Actions

  • Jun 18, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A2189A
  • Jun 9, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 3, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 2, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1083
  • May 6, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 27, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - May 6, 2014
Ayes (17): Hannon, Ball, Farley, Felder, Golden, Larkin, Savino, Seward, Young, Martins, Rivera, Montgomery, Hassell-Thompson, Peralta, O'Brien, Hoylman, Serrano

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6685

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans

PURPOSE:

To include information about mental and physical health issues, including post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other brain related injuries within the veterans health care information program and to establish the collection and maintenance of data pertaining to an inmate's military background by the department of corrections.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 3803(1) of the public health law, as it relates to the Veterans Health Care Information Program, to provide information for veterans, their families and health care providers on health issues associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain related injuries. This information will be provided in addition to the information already provided by the program, including health issues associated with Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, toxic materials or harmful physical agents such as depleted uranium and hepatitis C.

Section 2 requires the State Commissioner of Corrections to report annually to the legislature on the number of veterans who are inmates in New York State and local correctional facilities. The report will include a breakdown of the number of inmates, by branch of service, time period of military service, and type of discharge that the inmate received upon separation from the military.

JUSTIFICATION:

Current deployments to the Middle East involve long, dangerous and repeated tours of duty, with our citizen soldiers and their families performing above and beyond the call of duty. This bill will serve to assist veterans and their families by supplying them with information on post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain related injuries. This bill will also help the state determine the scope and nature of issues related to criminal activity by returning members of the military in order to establish methods, programs and assistance aimed at preventing such conduct.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.2189-A passed in the Assembly in 2013 and 2014.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that, any rules and regulations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6685 IN SENATE February 27, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. ZELDIN, GRISANTI, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 3803 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 743 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: 1. There is hereby created within the department the veterans health care information program (referred to in this section as the "program"), which shall provide information on health issues associated with mili- tary duty, including but not limited to Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndromes, toxic materials or harmful physical agents such as, depleted uranium, and hepatitis C, AND SPECIFIC MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ISSUES INCLUDING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND OTHER BRAIN-RELATED INJURIES, for veterans, their surviving spouses and health care providers. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 29 of the correction law, as amended by section 12 of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is amended and a new subdivision 5 is added to read as follows: 1. The department shall continue to collect, maintain, and analyze statistical and other information and data with respect to persons subject to the jurisdiction of the department, including but not limited to: (a) the number of such persons: placed in the custody of the depart- ment, assigned to a specific department program, accorded community supervision and declared delinquent, recommitted to a state correctional institution upon revocation of community supervision, or discharged upon maximum expiration of sentence; (b) the criminal history of such persons; (c) the social, educational, and vocational circumstances of any such persons; [and,] (d) the institutional and community supervision programs and the behavior of such persons; AND, (E) THE MILITARY BACK-
GROUND AND CIRCUMSTANCES, IF SUCH PERSON SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. Provided, however, in the event any statistical informa- tion on the ethnic background of the inmate population of a correctional facility or facilities is collected by the department, such statistical information shall contain, but not be limited to, the following ethnic categories: (i) Caucasian; (ii) Asian; (iii) American Indian; (iv) Afro-American/Black; and (v) Spanish speaking/Hispanic which category shall include, but not be limited to, the following subcategories consisting of: (1) Puerto Ricans; (2) Cubans; (3) Dominicans; and (4) other Hispanic nationalities. 5. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE NUMBER OF INMATES WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING SENTENCES IN STATE CORRECTIONAL FACIL- ITIES AND ANY LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMIT- ED TO THE FOLLOWING: A BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBER OF INMATES BY BRANCH OF SERVICE, TIME PERIOD OF MILITARY SERVICE AND THE TYPE OF DISCHARGE THE INMATE RECEIVED UPON SEPARATION FROM THE MILITARY. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE DONE ANNUALLY. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, that any rules and regulations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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