Bill S7655A-2013

Directs a study to determine the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment centers

Directs the department of correctional services and community supervision and the OASAS to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment centers.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 9, 2014: referred to correction
  • Jun 9, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 9, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 3, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1144
  • Jun 3, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 27, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 7655A
  • May 27, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • May 23, 2014: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction - Jun 3, 2014
Ayes (13): Gallivan, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Griffo, Little, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Ritchie, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Hoylman, Peralta, Rivera

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7655A

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the study of the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment facilities

PURPOSE:

This bill directs the Department of Correctional Services and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of converting correctional facilities which are closed or scheduled to be closed, to be used as treatment facilities for persons addicted to controlled substances.

Summary of provisions:

Section one of the bill directs the Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of converting correctional facilities, which are closed or scheduled to be closed, to be used as treatment facilities for the treatment of persons with substance abuse addiction both on an in-patient residential basis and an outpatient basis. The study shall be comprehensive and shall evaluate the efficacy of removing individuals from the community and placing those individuals in residential treatment facilities, assess the value of treatment in a facility which was formerly used as a correctional facility, and perform an analysis of the extent of renovations needed as well as an estimate of the cost of those renovations. Other considerations are to be taken into account as part of the study, such as the number of participants for operating efficiency and the factors to be considering in determining or recommending the treatment modalities to be provided.

Section two provides that the study is to be completed and a report issued within sixty days.

JUSTIFICATION:

Adequate treatment facilities and programs and a sufficient supply of treatment beds has been an issue in the substance abuse treatment field for some time and the recent dramatic increase of heroin addiction, which is reaching epidemic proportions has amplified that shortage. The state has been closing prisons for some time and plans to close additional prisons in the very near future. This bill requires that a study be done of those correctional facilities to determine the feasibility of converting those facilities to treatment facilities. The need for additional beds has become obvious and this bill provides an opportunity to whether those beds can be provided in existing facilities owned by the state.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7655--A IN SENATE May 23, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sens. NOZZOLIO, BALL, BONACIC, BOYLE, GALLIVAN, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, HANNON, LANZA, LARKIN, LITTLE, MARCELLINO, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, ROBACH, SAVINO, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT directing the study of the feasibility of converting certain correctional facilities into treatment facilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The department of correctional services and community supervision and the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services are directed to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of convert- ing correctional facilities, which are closed or scheduled to be closed, to be used as treatment facilities for the treatment of persons with a substance abuse addiction both on an in-patient residential basis and an out-patient basis. The study shall include an evaluation of the efficacy of removing addicted individuals from the community and placing such persons in a residential treatment facility for comprehensive therapy and shall also include an assessment of the value of such treatment in a facility which was formerly used as a correctional facility away from the community of residence of the individual. An analysis shall also be made of the extent of renovations which may be necessary in connection with the conversion of the facilities, including an estimate of the cost of such renovations. Consideration shall be given to factors such as the number of partic- ipants necessary for the most efficient operation of such a program on an in-patient residential basis and an out-patient basis. Also a deter- mination shall be made with respect to the factors to be considered in determining or recommending the types of treatment modalities to be provided.
The study shall also take into consideration that those eligible for admission into treatment programs shall be addicted individuals who have a demonstrated history of addiction and do not have a current or prior history of engaging in any conduct involving the sale of controlled substances. S 2. The study shall be completed and a report submitted to the chair of the senate crime victims, crime and correction committee, the chair of the senate codes committee, the chair of the assembly correction committee and the assembly codes committee within sixty days of the effective date of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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