Legislative Bills of Interest

For additional information on any of the bills below, go to NYS Senate Legislative Bill Search or the NYS Assembly Legislative Bill Search and enter the bill number.

 

2019-20 Legislative Session

The following Bills of Interest have been acted upon by the Governor:

 

Bills of Interest:

A80 Perry, No Same As
Provides for intervention by certain campus security personnel in relation to reportedly mentally ill students and notification to person or persons to be contacted in case of such mental health emergency.

A97 Buchwald (MS), No Same As
Authorizes healthcare facilities and professions to pay for the fair market value of practice management, billing or health information technology services.

A102 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Relates to insurance coverage for opioid medications.

A103 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Relates to a tax credit for employment of an individual who has successfully completed a judicial diversion substance abuse treatment program or graduated from drug.

A108 Rosenthal L (MS), No Same As
Requires pre-admission notification of policies authorizing the refusal to follow directives in health care proxies that are contrary to a hospital’s operating principles.

A110 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Requires homeless shelters to keep an opioid antagonist on hand, have at least one trained employee on duty at all times, and develop a training plan for opioid overdoses in conjunction with a registered opioid overdose prevention program.

A128 Cahill, No Same As
Directs the commissioner of health to notify patients upon the revocation, annulment, suspension or surrender of a license for medical misconduct which is not of a minor or technical nature; provides for necessary access to records and for promulgation of rules and regulations.

A144 Cahill, No Same As
Requires health insurers to accept payments for coverage of health care from third parties.

A199, D’Urso (MS), No Same As
Relates to care and protection of children; adds to the definition of children at risk infants who test positive for a controlled substance not prescribed by a physician, in their bloodstream or urine, are born dependent on such drugs or who demonstrate drug withdrawal symptoms, or who have been diagnosed with a condition attributable to in utero exposure to illegal drugs.

S279 ORTT, No Same As
Prohibits insurance companies from imposing a co-pay pursuant to a follow up visit with a physician in order to receive a refill on an opioid drug prescription which was initially written for seven days or less.

S313 ORTT, No Same As
Relates to the criminal possession of fentanyl. Criminal Sanction Impact.

S316 ORTT, No Same As
Relates to the possession and sale of substances containing heroin in certain weights and packaging. Criminal Sanction Impact.

S329 AKSHAR, No Same As
Requires legislative approval for the closure of certain office of mental health, office for people with developmental disabilities or office of children and family services facilities and institutions.

S330 AKSHAR, No Same As
Establishes the class B felony of criminal sale of a controlled substance upon the grounds of a drug or alcohol treatment center. Criminal Sanction Impact.

S331 AKSHAR, No Same As
Relates to patient counseling before issuing a prescription for a schedule II opioid; requires practitioners to consult with the patient regarding the quantity of the opioid and the patient’s option to fill the prescription in a lesser quantity, and to inform the patient of the risks associated with opiate addiction and document the reason for the prescription.

S332 AKSHAR, No Same As
Relates to prescribing opioids to a minor; prohibits practitioners from prescribing to a minor more than a seven day supply of any controlled substance containing an opioid and requires practitioners to obtain written parental consent before issuing a first prescription of a controlled substance containing an opioid to a minor; establishes exceptions.

S333 AKSHAR, No Same As
Provides that coverage for outpatient diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder shall not be subject to pre-authorization.

S372 LANZA, No Same As
Relates to establishing a crisis intervention demonstration program.

S379 LANZA, No Same As
Relates to the distribution of educational materials regarding the misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs in counties with the most prevalent abuse of prescription opioids.

S392 LANZA, No Same As
Directs the department of health to assign at least 1 narcotics investigator to each county in a city having a population of one million or more.

A252 Cahill, No Same As (NYS Council Priority)
Prohibits providers of health care coverage from requiring behavioral health providers to provide all products offered by the health care plan.

S449 HELMING, No Same As
Relates to payments to rural hospitals designated as critical access hospitals.

S469 RIVERA, No Same As
Requires general hospitals to develop and implement policies that assure equitable and consistent access to outpatient services as part of their community service plans.

S490 RIVERA, No Same As
Relates to forms of marihuana authorized for medical use.

S495 RIVERA, No Same As
De-criminalizes the personal possession of marijuana; relates to certain pleas; specifies requirements with respect to bills affecting correctional populations.  Criminal Sanction Impact.

S498 RIVERA, Same as A 60 Rosenthal L
Enacts the safer consumption services act which provides for the establishment of a program to provide safe injection sites.

A294 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Requires insurers providing coverage of prescription drugs for opioid addiction, to provide coverage of such prescription drugs prescribed for the treatment of substance abuse disorder.

A307 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Directs the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to maintain an online directory of distributors of opioid antagonists.

A383 Braunstein (MS), No Same As
Shortens time frames during which an insurer has to determine whether a pre-authorization request is medically necessary from three business days to three days.

A546 Stirpe, No Same As
Provides loan forgiveness to certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselors (CASACs) who reside in the state and work in a facility licensed by the state.

A576 Glick (MS), No Same As
Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

S490 RIVERA, No Same As
Relates to forms of marihuana authorized for medical use.

S495 RIVERA, No Same As
De-criminalizes the personal possession of marijuana; relates to certain pleas; specifies requirements with respect to bills affecting correctional populations.  Criminal Sanction Impact.

S498 RIVERA, Same as A 60 Rosenthal L
Enacts the safer consumption services act which provides for the establishment of a program to provide safe injection sites.

S513 CARLUCCI, No Same As
Relates to the establishment of Recovery High Schools by boards of cooperative educational services.

S550 AKSHAR, No Same As
Relates to prohibiting supervised injection sites; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to own, operate, work in or volunteer at a supervised injection site; defines terms and establishes penalties.

S619 BOYLE, No Same As
Creates “Robin’s law”; relates to mental health and chemical dependence outpatient treatment of sex offenders; requires the development of guidelines and procedures for outpatient group settings.

S653 KENNEDY, No Same As
Requires the department to draft guidelines for the transition of patients from substances with a high risk of addiction to those with a low risk.

S787 MONTGOMERY, No Same As
Relates to the segregated confinement of inmates with serious mental illness.

A598 Rosenthal L (MS), No Same As
Requires health insurers to offer coverage of health care provided by out-of-network providers.

A611 Rosenthal L (MS), No Same As
Relates to witnesses to a health care proxy; changes the witness requirement for the health care proxy from two adult witnesses to one adult witness; makes an exception for persons who reside in mental health facilities by requiring such persons to have two adult witnesses; also includes falsely making or altering a health care proxy within the crime of forgery in the second degree.  Criminal Sanction Impact.

A648 Bronson, No Same As
Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.

A670   Bronson, Same as S 886 YOUNG
Requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners (mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists and psychoanalysts) licensed pursuant to article 163 of the education law.

A688  Rosenthal L, No Same As
Relates to adding dysmenorrhea as a covered condition for lawful medical use of marihuana.

A692  Rosenthal L, No Same As
Establishes the council for treatment equity within the office of alcoholism and substance abuse

A743   Rosenthal L, Same as S 513 CARLUCCI
Relates to the establishment of Recovery High Schools by boards of cooperative educational services

S677   ORTT, No Same As
Provides for payment by the state of certain traveling costs and fees associated with the psychiatric examination of defendants to determine mental fitness.

S787   MONTGOMERY, No Same As
Relates to the segregated confinement of inmates with serious mental illness.

S873  RIVERA, No Same As
Relates to insurer recovery from health care providers; provides that except where there is a reasonable belief of fraud or intentional misconduct, a health plan shall not determine an overpayment amount through the use of extrapolation except with the consent of the health care provider.

S919  YOUNG, No Same As
Enhances the assisted outpatient treatment program and eliminates the expiration and repeal of Kendra’s Law.

S989  BRESLIN, No Same As
Relates to the establishment of the New York Health Benefit Exchange.

A2077 Gunther, No same as
Relates to establishing a credentialing pilot program for direct support professionals to assist and enhance the field of direct care support.

A2123 Gunther, Same as S 455 ORTT
Prevents discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities in regards to organ donations.

A2164 Gunther, No same as
Establishes a curriculum and task force to provide housing navigation services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A2204 Kim (MS), No same as
Relates to directing all hospitals and medical professionals to inquire whether a patient has previously participated in in-patient or out-patient services and to report such findings to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

A2215 Gunther, No same as
Relates to the inclusion and development of certain cost of living adjustments and to providing funding to increase salaries and related fringe benefits to direct care workers, direct support professionals and clinical workers including Medicaid Service Coordination.

A2267 Richardson (MS), No same as
Establishes peer crisis diversion homes; requires the commissioner to establish or contract for no less than six peer crisis diversion homes within one year.

A2278 Gunther, No same as
Directs the commissioner to promulgate regulations for the release of patient records by the office of mental health.

A2341Gunther (MS), No same as
Establishes the nurse loan repayment program; authorizes the commissioner to award loan repayment awards to nurses serving in underserved areas or nursing homes.

A2349 Perry, No same as
Requires a health care provider or facility which has determined to cease to do business or which is transferring its ownership, at least thirty days prior to such action to provide a copy of its plan for transfer of patient records to another provider, facility or practitioner.

A2394 Rozic, No same as
Requires hospitals to provide language assistance services to a patient or a patient’s assistant for communication of clinical and other information, including but not limited to health care, billing and making appointments, to ensure effective communication; provides that such interpreter may be a qualified interpreter, volunteer or medical personnel at such hospital; provides for such services to be available at all locations during all times that patient care is available; provides that transactions of frequently used forms essential to a patient’s care and treatment be available in all of the hospital’s primary languages; provides for training of those providing interpretation services; requires the hospital to submit to the commissioner an annual report assessing compliance; defines primary language and patient visits.

A2395 Pichardo, Same as S 469 RIVERA
Requires general hospitals to develop and implement policies that assure equitable and consistent access to outpatient services as part of their community service plans.

A2396 Kim (MS), No same as
Relates to establishing a public awareness and education campaign for substance addiction; treatment options; reducing the stigma of seeking help for substance addiction and making an appropriation therefor.

A2413 Pichardo, Same as S 467 RIVERA
Relates to referrals of patients for health related items or services that are prohibited under law.

A2414 Gunther (MS), No same as
Enhances the assisted outpatient treatment program; eliminates the expiration and repeal of Kendra’s Law.

A2416 Rodriguez (MS), No same as
Authorizes organizations to employ licensed social workers and licensed mental health professionals.

A2452 Wallace, No same as
Relates to enacting the take charge New York power program to award microgrid allocations to eligible applicants.

A2500 Aubry (MS), Same as S 1623 SEPULVEDA
Restricts the use of segregated confinement and creates alternative therapeutic and rehabilitative confinement options; limits the length of time a person may be in segregated confinement and excludes certain persons from being placed in segregated confinement.

A2544 Rodriguez (MS), Same as S 495 RIVERA
De-criminalizes the personal possession of marijuana; relates to certain pleas; specifies requirements with respect to bills affecting correctional populations.

A2581 Rodriguez (MS), Same as S 2173 BAILEY
Relates to standardizing penalties associated with marihuana possession; makes unlawful possession of small amounts of marihuana a violation punishable by a fine.

A2583 Lavine (MS), No same as
Requires a recent psychiatric evaluation of a petitioner seeking relief from firearms disabilities.

S2054 SAVINO, No same as
Relates to providing insurance coverage for medical marihuana.

S2055 SAVINO, Same as A 1132 Gottfried
Relates to regulations governing the sale and distribution of medical marihuana; permits registered organizations to contract with other entities to provide facilities, equipment and services; repeals provisions relating to pricing.

S2056 SAVINO, Same as A 1149 Gottfried
Establishes that a practitioner is a physician who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances.

S2058 SAVINO, Same as A 1125 Gottfried
Defines a serious condition regarding the medical use of marihuana as a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition, or symptom or complication of the condition or its treatment, for which, in the practitioner’s professional opinion and review of past treatments, the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from primary or adjunctive treatment with medical use of medical marihuana.

S2059 SAVINO, Same as A 1131 Gottfried
Relates to allowing for facility caregivers to possess medical marihuana in a similar manner to that of a designated caregiver; relates to medical marihuana research.

S2061 SAVINO, No same as
Relates to presumptions for the death of an injured worker due to opioid overdose where that injured worker was prescribed opioids as a result of his or her workplace injury.

S2070 METZGER, No same as
Creates the rural suicide prevention council; requires biennial reports on the findings of the council.

S2086 HELMING, No same as
Relates to directing the commissioner of health to make recommendations relating to increasing certain ambulatory patient group reimbursement rates.

S2161 BAILEY, No same as
Relates to the establishment of a program for the use of medication assisted treatment for inmates in both state and county correctional facilities; reporting requirements; substance use disorder treatment and transition services implemented in jails.

S2165 BAILEY, No same as
Relates to crisis intervention training for police officers in any city having a population of one million or more.

S2173 I BAILEY, Same as A 2581 Rodriguez
Relates to standardizing penalties associated with marihuana possession; makes unlawful possession of small amounts of marihuana a violation punishable by a fine.

S2200 BAILEY, No same as
Increases access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not English.

S2248 SANDERS, No same as
Creates a veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention task force.

S2292 SANDERS, No same as
Relates to requiring participation in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program for certain first offenders.

A2864  Abinanti, No Same As
Relates to payment of claims submitted by healthcare agencies.

A2892  Gunther (MS), Same as S 1429 RITCHIE
Relates to providing loan forgiveness for mental health nurses that make a commitment to practice in a “rural” tract or county.

A2930 Ortiz, No Same As
Relates to directing the commissioner of education to establish rules and regulations prohibiting school personnel from recommending psychotropic drugs for children.

A2944 Gottfried, No Same As
Directs the commissioner of health to evaluate existing needs assessment tools and develop additional professionally and statistically valid assessment tools to be used to assist in determining the amount, nature and manner of services and care needs of individuals receiving medical assistance and care.

A2945 Ortiz, No Same As
Relates to establishing a peer support program for veterans.

A2986  Simon (MS), No Same As
Relates to the closure of hospitals; includes general hospitals or the surrender of an operating certificate.

A2995  Gottfried, Same as S 1796 RIVERA
Grants immunity from liability to organizations which establish physician committees the purpose of which is to refer to treatment physicians who are thought to be suffering from addiction or mental illness.

A3041  Jones (MS), Same as S 2529 LITTLE
Requires insurance and Medicaid coverage for inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment for a period of not less than forty-five days.

A3044  Gunther, Same as S 2901 KAPLAN
Relates to substance use disorder coverage.

A3046  Magnarelli (MS), No Same as
Requires insurance policies to provide coverage for services related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental, nervous or emotional disorders or ailments; makes related provisions.

A3112  Ortiz, No Same As
Relates to prohibiting direct-care workers from working two double shifts within any two day period.

A3116  Ortiz (MS), Same as S 1218 RITCHIE
Provides for fees for services rendered patients in state inpatient facilities pursuant to court orders to be paid by the county in which the court is located for the first thirty days.

A3119  Ortiz (MS), No Same As
Creates the chemical dependence treatment bill of rights to be posted in a conspicuous place in all treatment facilities.

A3174  Ortiz, No Same As
Enacts the “behavioral health services for veterans act”.

A3185  Colton (MS), No Same as
Amends the definition of “caregiver” for the purpose of obtaining the criminal history information of such person to include persons employed to provide 15 or more hours of care per week to senior, ill and disabled persons in the home of such senior, ill or disabled person.

A3193  Dinowitz (MS), No Same as
Broadens the geriatric service demonstration program to include older adults with mental health disabilities and chemical dependence; renames the program to be the geriatric mental health and chemical dependence demonstration program; allows for grants to be awarded by the office to providers of care to older adults with chemical dependence.

A3299  Dilan, No Same as
Relates to including senior citizens as vulnerable populations eligible for supportive housing.

A3324  Cymbrowitz, No Same as
Establishes the community chemical dependency services expansion program; provides funding for local governmental units for the provision of new and expanded chemical dependency services.

A3333  Ortiz, No Same as
Creates the community opioid rehabilitation program services act and the opioid dependency services fund.

A3348  Cymbrowitz (MS), Same as S 379 LANZA
Relates to the distribution of educational materials regarding the misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs in counties with the most prevalent abuse of prescription opioids.

A3390  Cymbrowitz, No Same as
Provides for the reinvestment of funds generated by savings due to declines in the state prison census into community-based services for persons suffering from chemical dependence and for the establishment of the chemical dependence reinvestment fund; provides for the establishment of the state inter-agency council on chemical dependence reinvestment fund utilization and for the composition thereof.

A3391 Cymbrowitz (MS), Same as S 2507 KAPLAN
Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to develop training materials for health care providers and qualified health professionals, recognized by the office to enable the implementation of the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment program, regarding screening for alcoholism and chemical dependency.

A3402  Gunther (MS), No Same as
Provides that moneys awarded as damages or obtained by judgment or settlement as a result of a cause of action commenced against officers or employees of the office of mental health shall not be considered assets for purposes of determining whether or not there exists an inability to pay for services; provides that such moneys shall not be seized, offset or otherwise attached for the purposes of paying fees for services rendered by the department of mental hygiene.

A3444 Pretlow, No Same as
Authorizes licensed clinical social workers to provide services to injured employees under workers’ compensation coverage.

A3455 Ortiz, No Same as
Enacts provisions relating to the use of electroconvulsive therapy; bans the use of such therapy on persons less than 16 years of age and restricts the use of such therapy on persons 65 years of age or older.

A3490  Cymbrowitz, No Same as
Transfers the operation of the alcohol and drug rehabilitation program from the department of motor vehicles to the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services.

A3492 Pretlow, No Same as
Relates to creating a distinctive plate for New York state licensed mental health counselors.

A3715 Gunther, No Same as
Requires the universal coding and electronic payment of medical assistance claims for mental health or substance abuse disorder services.

S2529 LITTLE, Same as A 3041 Jones
Requires insurance and Medicaid coverage for inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment for a period of not less than forty-five days.

S2599 PARKER, Same as A 3439 Walker
Authorizes and directs the department of health to conduct a study on drugs prescribed for school age children with ADD and ADHD.

S2681  MAYER, Same as A 929 Rosenthal L
Establishes the sober living task force which shall create best practice guidelines for sober living residences that illustrate the most appropriate and effective environment for persons recovering from a chemical dependency.

S2690  SEPULVEDA, No Same as
Conforms the definition of an inmate with a serious mental illness to the definition of “person with a serious mental illness” in the mental hygiene law.

S2691  SEPULVEDA, No Same as
Relates to the removal of inmates diagnosed with mental illness to a residential mental health treatment unit.

S2733 LANZA, No Same as
Establishes the class C felony of assault of a patient in a mental health or developmental disability facility, for the intentional causation of physical injury to a patient residing in a facility operated, licensed or certified by the office of mental health or the office for people with developmental disabilities.

S2901 KAPLAN, Same as A 3044 Gunther
Relates to substance use disorder coverage.

A4085 Kolb, No Same as
Relates to changing the date the justice center shall report to the governor and the legislature and the contents of such report.

A4114 Pretlow, No Same as
Authorizes former outpatients of mental health facilities to request a court of competent jurisdiction to render an order to have their files sealed when more than ten years have elapsed since the last treatment in such facility, they are not currently being treated for mental illness and it would be in the best interests of the petitioner and society to seal such record without the requirement of a special proceeding.

A4155 DenDekker, No Same as
Relates to unlawful discriminatory practices relating to persons recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse.

A4188 DenDekker (MS), No Same as
Clarifies the authorization to practice for mental health practitioners; includes the term “diagnosis” within the definition of the practice of mental health practitioners.

A4376  Weprin (MS), Same as S 1333 GALLIVAN
Authorizes the governor and lieutenant-governor, commissioner of general services, secretary of state, comptroller and attorney-general, members of the legislature and any employee of the inmate-patient facility as requested by the member of the legislature if the member requests to be so accompanied, provided that such request does not impact upon the department’s ability to manage its facilities as determined by the commissioner, judges of the court of appeals, supreme court and county judges, district attorneys and county sheriffs to visit inmate-patient facilities of the department of mental hygiene.

A4383 DenDekker, No Same as
Relates to requirements for licensure of mental health practitioners and providing mental health practitioners authority to give diagnosis.

A4444  DenDekker, No Same as
Creates a pilot program which grants mental health practitioners the authority to diagnose mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities when working in programs operated by the United States veterans administration.

A4482  Cusick, No Same as
Provides a mental hygiene legal service to patients or residents of residential healthcare facilities who have been admitted directly from a facility and who have a serious mental illness and are receiving services related to such illness.

A4507  Aubry, Same as S 2690 SEPULVEDA
Conforms the definition of an inmate with a serious mental illness to the definition of “person with a serious mental illness” in the mental hygiene law.

A4681 Pretlow, No Same As
Relates to the N.Y. State Health Care Consumer and Provider Protection and Equity Act.

A4693  Pretlow, No Same as
Relates to reports of substantial risk or threat of harm by mental health professionals.

A4729  Englebright, No Same as
Requires a health care provider or facility which has determined to cease to do business or which is transferring its ownership or otherwise interrupting its services for a permanent or extended period to, at least sixty days prior to such action, notify the commissioner of health of its intent and shall provide a copy of its plan for transfer of patient records to another provider, facility or practitioner.

A4746 Rosenthal L, No Same as
Relates to requiring private hospitals to provide notice of prohibited procedures to patients due to policies based on religious or sincerely held moral convictions central to the facility’s operating principles.

A4847 Steck, Same as S 2372 CARLUCCI
Imposes a duty to protect upon mental health practitioners; requires reasonable efforts to modify aspects of treatment in order to reduce or eliminate the risk of harm, initiating procedures for hospitalization, notifying the intended victim or victims, or notifying law enforcement officials when a person directly communicates a threat of serious, imminent harm to self or against a readily identifiable person or persons, and the threat includes both a serious intent to act and the ability to carry out the threat; does not require a mental health practitioner to take any action which, in the exercise of reasonable professional judgment, would endanger such mental health practitioner or increase the danger to a potential victim or victims.

A4915 Jean-Pierre (MS), Same as S 1668 BROOKS
Relates to death certificates for persons whose death is caused by an opioid overdose.

A4943 Rosenthal L, No Same as
Relates to annual reporting on substance abuse within state correctional facilities.

A4980 Titus, No Same as
Commissions a study regarding the quality of health care services received by foster children in New York state; provides for a report to be submitted by the commissioner of the office of children and family services detailing the findings of such study.

A5033 Dinowitz (MS), No Same as
Extends period during which health maintenance organization enrollees may continue to receive services from a health care provider who disaffiliates from 60 or 90 days to 1 year, or in case of terminal illness, until the time of such insured’s death; bars incentives which induce a provider to provide health care to an enrollee in a manner inconsistent with law.

S3117 HOYLMAN, No Same as
Relates to establishing a crisis intervention demonstration program.

S3150 LANZA, No Same as
Requires the justice center to establish procedures for when to report incidents which include suspicious and unexplained injuries including broken bones, hematomas, open wounds beyond minor first aid, black eyes, swollen noses, extreme and questionable bruising, choke marks, burns, individuals found unresponsive and all deaths to a 9-1-1 operator.

S3199  PARKER, No Same as
Establishes the child psychiatry access project; provides that the office of mental hygiene shall establish regional child psychiatry access projects across the state to provide primary care providers with timely access to child psychiatry consultations in order to assist such primary care providers in meeting the mental health needs of the children and adolescents and their families; establishes a gift for the child psychiatry access project on state personal income tax forms, the proceeds from which shall be deposited into a child psychiatry access fund for the funding of such projects.

S3200 PARKER, Same as A 2758 Ortiz
Creates a public education initiative designed to eliminate stigma and misinformation about mental illness and chemical dependence among military service members.

S3250 PARKER, No Same as
Includes post traumatic stress disorder in the definition of biologically based mental illness for purposes of Timothy’s law.

S3407 ORTT, No Same as
Provides for emergency intervention services for persons impaired by chemical substances.

A5953 Rosenthal L, No Same As
Requires all opioid treatment programs to have buprenorphine available for prescription to addicts.

A5481 Fernandez, No Same As
Requires training for teachers, administrators and instructors in the area of mental health first aid; requires office of mental health to assist in development of curriculum for training.

S3706 SEPULVEDA, Same as A 2552 O’Donnell
Creates the office of the correctional ombudsman to achieve transparency, fairness, impartiality and accountability in New York state correctional facilities; relates to reports by coroners; designates investigators of the office of the correctional ombudsman as peace officers; authorizes the attorney general to investigate the alleged commission of any criminal offense committed by an employee of the department of corrections and community supervision in connection with his or her official duties; relates to the confidentiality of certain records; and includes the office of the correctional ombudsman records within the definition of public safety agency records; makes related provisions.

S3757 CARLUCCI, Same as A 2077 Gunther
Relates to establishing a credentialing pilot program for direct support professionals to assist and enhance the field of direct care support.

S3760 PARKER, No Same as
Requires coverage under the healthy New York program for mental illness.

S3765 PARKER, No same as
Requires the development of guidelines and procedures by the office of mental health to help avert re-traumatization of victims of sexual offenses in a behavioral health outpatient setting.

S3766 PARKER, Same as A 4482 Cusick
Provides a mental hygiene legal service to patients or residents of residential healthcare facilities who have been admitted directly from a facility and who have a serious mental illness and are receiving services related to such illness.

A5069 DiPietro (MS), No same as
Appropriates $10,000,000 for services and expenses of the office of mental health and eligible providers providing mental health care to uninsured and indigent individuals.

A5083 Jean-Pierre, Same as S 1672 BROOKS
Safeguards cash accounts for people with developmental disabilities in a facility under the control of the commissioner of mental health, the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities and the commissioner of alcoholism and substance abuse services.

A5128 Cymbrowitz (MS), No same as
Authorizes and directs the commissioner of mental health to commission a statewide evaluation regarding the extent of legal and illegal gambling by New York state residents.

A5186 Walker, No same as
Requires the establishment of community housing waiting lists within the office of mental health service system; directs each provider of housing services in the office of mental health system to provide, on a monthly basis, the office of mental health with a list of each person referred to, admitted to, applying for, withdrawing an application for and denied admission to housing provided by such provider; requires the community-based agency performing assessments of persons with a documented mental illness to provide the office with the names of such who have been assessed and who meet the eligibility criteria for the array of funded and/or licensed housing programs; requires such office to publish such waiting lists on a monthly basis.

A5189 Barclay, Same as S 1221 RITCHIE
Establishes a crime for the possession of synthetic marihuana in correctional facilities.

A5225 Ramos, No same as
Directs the department of state to establish and maintain a statewide registry of mental hygiene and child supervision residential facilities which shall include residential facilities for juvenile delinquents and persons in need of supervision subject to the supervision of the office of children and family services, for the mentally ill subject to the supervision of the office of mental health, for the developmentally disabled subject to the supervision of the office for people with developmental disabilities, and for the chemically dependent subject to the supervision of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services.

S3440 MYRIE, Same as A 1494 Richardson
Relates to authorizing early parole release for inmates where substance abuse was a significant contributing factor in the commission of the offense.

S3461 RIVERA, Same as A 598 Rosenthal L
Requires health insurers to offer coverage of health care provided by out-of-network providers.

S3462 RIVERA, Same as A 2393 Gottfried
Enacts provisions relating to collective negotiations by health care providers with certain health care plans in certain counties; applies to health benefit plans that provide benefits for medical or surgical expenses incurred as a result of a health condition, accident or sickness, including an individual, group, blanket or franchise insurance policy or insurance agreement offered by certain enumerated entities.

S3463 RIVERA, Same as A 2835 Lavine
Relates to health care professional applications and terminations.

S3475 AKSHAR, No same as
Relates to prohibiting co-payments for outpatient opioid treatment.

S3477 GOUNARDES, No same as
Requires at least one full-time licensed or certified social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high school and senior high school throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

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