Bill S882-2013

Establishes the task force on adults with autism within the office of people with developmental disabilities

Establishes the task force on adults with autism within the office for people with developmental disabilities to study, evaluate and develop recommendations relating to specific actionable measures to support and meet the needs of adults with autism.

Details

Actions

  • Dec 18, 2013: VETOED MEMO.273
  • Dec 6, 2013: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 18, 2013: returned to senate
  • Jun 18, 2013: passed assembly
  • Jun 18, 2013: ordered to third reading rules cal.300
  • Jun 18, 2013: substituted for a1713
  • Jun 12, 2013: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 12, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1219
  • Jun 11, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Feb 4, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - Feb 4, 2013
Ayes (10): Carlucci, Ball, Bonacic, Felder, Hannon, Seward, Zeldin, Tkaczyk, Adams, Latimer
Ayes W/R (1): Krueger

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S882

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the task force on adults with autism; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes the task force on adults with Autism within the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC 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 Autism. The task force shall be comprised of nine members as follows:

* Commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities;

* Commissioner of Health;

* Commissioner of Education:

* Deputy Commissioner for Adult Career and Continuing Education Services within the Education Department;

* 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 Autism who are residents of the state, including such needs as vocational, residential and social needs. The recommendations of the task force shall comprise the basis for a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of adults with Autism and shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature on or before April 1st, 2014.

Section 3: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The legislature has found that Autism is a lifelong disability, yet much of the focus on Autism spectrum disorders 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 Autism spectrum disorders. To this end, it is in the public interest to establish a task force on adults with Autism to develop a

comprehensive plan for meeting the various needs of adults with Autism spectrum disorders living in New York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 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 State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 2 years after such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 882 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. BONACIC, FUSCHILLO, GRIFFO, LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the task force on adults with autism; 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 autism is a lifelong disability, yet much of the focus on autism spectrum disor- ders relates to education and development, and neglects concerns that may arise later in a person's life. The legislature also finds that adults with autism may face significant challenges in various aspects of their lives, including such areas as job placement, housing and long- term care. Further, just as the autism spectrum covers a wide range of functional abilities, so does the need for services and supports for adults with autism. Consequently, the legislature finds that 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 autism spectrum disorders. To this end, it is in the public interest to establish a task force on adults with autism to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the various needs of adults with autism spectrum disorders 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 AUTISM. (A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH AUTISM 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 AUTISM WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF
THE STATE, INCLUDING SUCH NEEDS AS VOCATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH AUTISM, 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 FOURTEEN. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 2 years after such effective date.

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