Defines the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans.
Ayes (60): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Adams, O'Mara, Parker
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill would require The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to collaborate with the Division of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to ensure that specialized addiction and mental health services are available to New York State's Veterans.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation defines the scope of responsibilities of the OASAS regarding recovery services for veterans.
JUSTIFICATION: Through their service, many military personnel were exposed to or have experienced trauma, placing many of them in high risk categories for triggering underlying conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse or other mental health conditions. According to the Mental Health Association of NYC (MHA-NYC), veterans are two to three times as likely as the general population to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse. In New York, programs which are certified by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services treated nearly 14,000 veterans for alcohol or substance abuse in the past year, but, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that approximately 75,000 New York veterans suffer from alcoholism or chemical dependence.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S4466A/A.7806 - Passed the Senate/ Died in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
FISCAL EXPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 910 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining the scope of responsibilities of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services regarding recovery services for veterans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 19.07 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows: (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES SHALL PERI- ODICALLY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS: (1) REVIEW THE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE OFFICE TO ENSURE THAT THE NEEDS OF THE STATE'S VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES AND WHO ARE RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE ARE BEING MET AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVEMENTS TO PROGRAMS TO MEET SUCH NEEDS; AND (2) IN COLLAB- ORATION WITH THE STATE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND THE COMMISSION- ER OF THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, REVIEW AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE TREATMENT, REHABILITATION, RELAPSE PREVENTION, AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN A COMBAT THEATRE OR COMBAT ZONE OF OPERATIONS AND HAVE A CO-OCCURRING MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOLISM OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02826-01-3