Bill Text: NY A07357 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a pilot program to create an assistance hotline for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex behavioral needs.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-05-11 - reported referred to ways and means [A07357 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A07357-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         7357--A

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                       May 6, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on People with Disabilities -- committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing a
          pilot program to create an assistance  hotline  for  individuals  with
          intellectual  and  developmental  disabilities  and complex behavioral
          needs

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

     1    Section  1.  Section  13.17  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision (e) to read as follows:
     3    (e) 1. The commissioner shall establish and  administer  a  three-year
     4  pilot  program  to  create  an  assistance  hotline for individuals with
     5  intellectual  and  developmental  disabilities  and  complex  behavioral
     6  needs.
     7    2.  The  assistance  hotline shall be accessible via a toll-free tele-
     8  phone number and video relay service or other technology  accessible  to
     9  individuals  who  are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities,
    10  that operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
    11    3. The office shall recruit and train employees to assist  individuals
    12  with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex behavioral
    13  health needs with access to services offered by the office.  Individuals
    14  with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex  behavioral
    15  health  needs,  or  the parent or guardian of such individuals, may call
    16  the hotline to receive assistance with access to services,  referral  to
    17  services, and general information on services offered by the office.
    18    4.  The hotline shall be accessible in English and the six most common
    19  non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited-English  profi-
    20  ciency  in  New  York state based on the most recent census and to those
    21  who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10797-04-1

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     1    5. On or before the conclusion of the pilot program, the  commissioner
     2  shall  submit a report to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and
     3  the temporary president of the senate evaluating  the  effectiveness  of
     4  the pilot program.
     5    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     6  have become a law.    Effective  immediately,  the  addition,  amendment
     7  and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation
     8  of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are  authorized  to be made and
     9  completed on or before such effective date.
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