(A. 40, John; Reported From Committee)
Requires youth committed to or placed with Office of Children and Family Services
facilities to be evaluated for need of treatment for alcoholism, substance abuse, and
chemical dependency; requires mandatory treatment for those found to be in need by
providers certified by the office of alcoholism and substance abuse; provides for aftercare
for youth released from such facilities except in cases in which the individual treatment
plan determines that aftercare will not be beneficial.
(A. 512, Cook; Reported From Committee)
Directs the director of the State Office for the Aging, in consultation with the
Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, to develop elderly alcoholism
prevention, education and treatment demonstration programs for senior citizens which will
utilize the existing aging service delivery system.
Community Based Services
(A. 566, Hoyt; Under Review, Committee on Alcoholism and Drug
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 such fund
shall consist of an initial appropriation of $10 million for the first year following
establishment, and provides that for each year thereafter, 50% of the savings accrued from
decline in the state prison census shall be added to the fund; provides for the
establishment of the state interagency council on chemical dependence reinvestment fund
utilization and for the composition thereof.
(A. 4892; Reported From Committee)
Enacts provisions for the licensing and regulation of substance abuse houses which provide
residence for persons recovering from alcohol or substance abuse; requires licensure by the
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and enacts siting requirements.
(A. 6986A, Dinowitz; Reported From Committee)
This bill would raise the excise tax on beer to 23.2 cents per gallon and create the
Alcohol Abuse Services Fund. This fund would consist of seventy-five percent of the excise
taxes collected on beer. Moneys in this fund would be used to provide support for funded
agencies approved by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Alcohol Labeling Requirements
(A. 8046, Dinowitz; Under review, Committee on Economic
This bill would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption
unless its label clearly states certain information. Expert research and testimony on the
marketing and labeling of sweet tasting malt beverages —commonly referred to as
"alcopops" or "malternatives" — has shown that the packaging of such
beverages more closely resembles soda, juice or other soft drinks than traditional
alcoholic products. The placement, legibility and noticeability of such labels often are
insufficient, and as a result it may be unclear to consumers that such beverages are
alcoholic. This bill would insure that "alcopops" and "malternatives"
labels must clearly indicate that they contain alcohol since research has shown that such
beverages are very popular with persons under the legal drinking age.
(A. 8048, Dinowitz; Reported From Committee)
Sets weekly rates for medical assistance for methadone maintenance service and program
providers commencing on April 1, 2004; directs weekly rates for medical assistance and
allows for the adjustment of rates by an inflationary factor effective the first of January
of each subsequent calendar year; authorizes the Department of Health in consultation with
the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to promulgate rules and regulations.