Bill Text: NY A03122 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: 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.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-3)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-22 - referred to health [A03122 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A03122-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 22, 2021

        Introduced  by M. of A. KIM, COLTON, GALEF, FRIEND, McDONOUGH, WILLIAMS,
          J. M. GIGLIO, DICKENS, HYNDMAN, JEAN-PIERRE, CAHILL -- Multi-Sponsored
          by -- M. of A.  SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health

        AN ACT to amend the public health law and  the  state  finance  law,  in
          relation to establishing a public awareness and education campaign for
          addiction;  treatment options; reducing the stigma of seeking help for
          addiction; and making an appropriation therefor

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
     2  3309-b to read as follows:
     3    § 3309-b. Public awareness campaign for substance addiction.  There is
     4  hereby established within the department an addiction awareness  program
     5  to educate the public of addiction as a serious public health issue, and
     6  to  offer  remedies for such health issue through educational advertise-
     7  ments, including information such as, but not limited to, (1)  treatment
     8  options,  (2) reducing the stigma of seeking help for addiction, and (3)
     9  acknowledging addiction as a health issue (chemical  related  disorder),
    10  rather than a lifestyle issue (choice).
    11    §  2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-g to
    12  read as follows:
    13    § 99-g. Addiction awareness fund. 1. There is  hereby  established  in
    14  the joint custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of taxa-
    15  tion and finance a fund to be known as the "addiction awareness fund".
    16    2.  The fund shall consist of all monies appropriated for its purpose,
    17  and all monies required by any provision of law to be paid into or cred-
    18  ited to such fund. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the department
    19  of health from receiving grants, gifts or bequests for the  purposes  of
    20  the  fund  as  defined in this section and depositing them into the fund
    21  according to law.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 3122                             2

     1    3. Monies shall be payable from the fund on the audit and  warrant  of
     2  the  state comptroller on vouchers approved and certified by the commis-
     3  sioner of health.
     4    §  3. The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000), or so much thereof
     5  as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of  health
     6  out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the cred-
     7  it of the addiction awareness fund, not otherwise appropriated, and made
     8  immediately available, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of
     9  this  act.  Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
    10  comptroller on vouchers certified or approved  by  the  commissioner  of
    11  health in the manner prescribed by law.
    12    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.