Adds representatives of a dual diagnosis program to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services.
BILL NUMBER: S7632
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to adding representatives of a dual diagnosis program to the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services
PURPOSE : To add representatives of programs that provide services to individuals diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder or a, developmental disability and a substance abuse disorder to the advisory council of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one amends section 19.05 of the Mental Hygiene law by increasing the number of OASAS advisory council members from 26 to 28 and by adding two representatives of dual diagnosis programs to the OASAS advisory council.
Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : According to a 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2.5 million adults in the nation have a co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Studies have shown that between 40-60 percent of individuals presenting in mental health settings have a co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis and 60-80 percent of individuals presenting in a substance abuse facility have a co-occurring mental health disorder. See Mueser, KT., Drake, RE., Turner, WC., & McGovern, MP. Comorbid Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders. In W.R. Miller K.M. Carroll (Eds.). Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, And What We Should Do About It. (pp. 115,133. New York: Guilford Press. 2006. This bill requires that co-occurring programs that provide integrated services are represented in the OASAS advisory council to ensure that the needs of co-occurring diagnosed consumers are adequately represented.
Additionally, alcoholism and substance abuse is a growing problem among those with developmental disabilities. As deinstitutionalization has occurred, many individuals with mild or moderate developmental disabilities are now living within the general community Where access to alcohol and drugs is greater. While integration in the community is important, integration of alcohol and substance abuse treatment has not kept pace with deinstitutionalization. This bill requires that alcohol and substance abuse programs that serve consumers with developmental disabilities have representation on the OASAS advisory council to ensure that future OASAS planning include integrating services of persons with a developmental disability.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Not yet determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7632 IN SENATE April 27, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- 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 adding represen- tatives of a dual diagnosis program to the advisory council on alco- holism and substance abuse services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 19.05 of the mental hygiene law, as amended by chapter 259 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: (a) The council shall consist of the commissioner of alcoholism and substance abuse services, or his or her designee who shall not have the right to vote, the chairman of the conference of local mental hygiene directors or his or her designee, and
[twenty-six]TWENTY-EIGHT members appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. The council shall include at least three members from each appellate division. The governor shall designate one of the appointed members of the council as chair, who shall serve as such for a three year term. The council shall elect a vice-chair, who shall serve as such for a three year term. Membership shall be representative of the public, shall have broad programmatic and geographic representation, shall include both not-for-profit and proprietary alcoholism and substance abuse providers of services, and shall include: (1) ten consumer representatives, including persons who are recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse or significant others of patients or former patients or patient advocates, or representatives of advocacy and prevention organizations; (2) ten representatives of providers of services to persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances or engage in problem gambling, including but not limited to representatives of free standing inpatient alcoholism or substance abuse facilities, general hospitals, residential facilities for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances, methadone maintenance programs, outpatient facilitiesEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16641-01-0 S. 7632 2
for persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol and/or substances, and prevention and gambling programs, at least one of whom shall be a physi- cian and not more than two shall represent each group of facilities;
[and](3) six representatives of public and private payors of alcoholism and/or substance abuse treatment including insurers, hospital, health, and medical service corporations that pay for alcoholism and/or substance abuse treatment, self-insured employee benefit plans, union welfare fund benefit plans, and state and local government agencies which pay for alcoholism or substance abuse treatment, at least one of whom shall represent a hospital service corporation; AND (4) TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF A DUAL DIAGNOSIS PROGRAM OR SERVICE PROVID- ER WITH ONE MEMBER REPRESENTING A PROGRAM OR PROVIDER THAT SERVICES CO-OCCURRING MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOLISM OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS, AND ONE MEMBER REPRESENTING A PROGRAM OR PROVIDER THAT SERVICES CO-OC- CURRING DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND ALCOHOLISM OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.