Relates to adding the superintendent of financial services to the early intervention coordinating council.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to adding the superintendent of financial services to the early intervention coordinating council
PURPOSE: Increases to twenty-seven members the state Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC) to include the superintendent of financial services to comply with federal guidelines.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill increases the number of members on the early intervention coordinating council from twenty-six to twenty-seven members and specifies that seven members shall be the commissioners of: health, education, office of children & family services, people with developmental disabilities, mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse services, and the superintendent of financial services, or their designated appointees.
Section 2 provides the effective date for this legislation.
JUSTIFICATION: The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires member composition for State Interagency Coordinating Councils relating to Early Intervention services meet certain criteria. One requirement is that at least one member represent the agency responsible for the State regulation of private health insurance. Prior to the enactment of the 2011 state budget, that role had been filled by the Superintendent of Insurance, or their designated appointee.
However, the 2011 budget established the Financial Services Law, consolidating the Department of Banking and Department of Insurance into the Department of Financial Services. As a result, the Superintendent of Insurance's representation on the EICC was removed. In order to meet federal regulations, an appointee from the Department of Financial Services must be represented on the council.
This legislation puts New York within federal compliance, and expands the number of scats by one to ensure that the Department of Financial Services receives representation at the council. These changes were suggested by the State Early Intervention Coordinating Council chairperson.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7035 IN SENATE April 24, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- 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 adding the super- intendent of financial services to the early intervention coordinating council THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2553 of the public health law, as amended by section 80 of part A of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (b) The council shall consist of
[twenty-six]TWENTY-SEVEN members, unless otherwise required by federal law, appointed by the governor. At least five members shall be parents, four of whom shall be parents of children with disabilities aged twelve or younger and one of whom shall be the parent of a child with disabilities aged six or younger; at least five shall be representatives of public or private providers of early intervention services; at least one shall be involved in personnel prep- aration or training; at least two shall be early intervention officials; at least two shall be members of the legislature; [six]SEVEN shall be the commissioner and the commissioners of education, [social services,]THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, people with developmental disabilities, mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse services AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, or their appropriate designees with sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementa- tion on behalf of their agencies. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14034-02-2