|SAME AS||SAME AS S07067|
|COSPNSR||Abbate, Abinanti, Blake, Colton, Cook, Corwin, Crouch, Cymbrowitz, Duprey, Gunther, Hyndman, Miller, Mosley, Peoples-Stokes, Robinson, Hunter|
|MLTSPNSR||Sepulveda, Simon, Thiele|
|Amd §365-a, Soc Serv L|
|Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health counselors eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.|
|03/10/2016||referred to health|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9477 SPONSOR: Harris (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and services provided by licensed mental health counselors eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to allow individuals to receive Medicaid program coverage for receiving care and services from licensed mental health counselors.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law by requiring all care and services provided by mental health counselors licensed under section 8402 of the education law, as well as care and services provided in a hospital or clinic facility referred to in paragraph C of subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law, to be covered under New York State Medicaid program.   JUSTIFICATION: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in four American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, making the work performed by mental health professionals all the more crucial to those with psychological problems. Those individuals suffering with mental health disorders make up a large number of New Yorkers who need Medicaid assistance to cover their medical expenses. The New York State Department of Health's website states that Medicaid does not cover all services provided by licensed mental health counselors. The status quo of excluding mental health counselors from recognized providers within the Medicaid program results in undue hardship for individuals, fami- lies, and our communities. Access to Medicaid assistance should be open to everyone and individuals should be able to receive treatment for behavioral health disorders without facing the pressure of burdensome medical expenses.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A9678 - Referred to Health. 2015-2016   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9477 IN ASSEMBLY March 10, 2016 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. HARRIS, ABBATE, ABINANTI, BLAKE, COLTON, COOK, CORWIN, CROUCH, CYMBROWITZ, DUPREY, GUNTHER, HYNDMAN, MILLER, MOSLEY, PEOPLES-STOKES, ROBINSON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SEPULVEDA, SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and services provided by licensed mental health counselors eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Legislative intent. Whereas Medicaid covers mental health 2 services in New York state to psychiatrists, psychologists and social 3 workers, Medicaid does not recognize New York state licensed mental 4 health counselors as providers within the Medicaid program. Mental 5 health counselors are often the only mental health providers in urban 6 underserved minority communities. A critical result of this lack of 7 providers is that minority communities bear a disproportionate number of 8 burdens of mental health disabilities and inadequately treated mental 9 health disorders. Excluding mental health counselors from treating Medi- 10 caid beneficiaries with untreated mental illness puts such beneficiaries 11 disproportionately at risk for engagement with the criminal justice 12 system. This puts individuals, families and communities at risk of harm. 13 Approximately 26 percent of adults experience a diagnosable behavioral 14 health disorder each year, and researchers have reported 20 percent of 15 adolescents display psychological problems. Behavioral health disorders, 16 ranging from inattention to violence are often a result of those psycho- 17 logical problems. 18 Mental health counselors represent over 40 percent of licensed mental 19 health practitioners in New York state. Unfortunately Medicaid does not 20 recognize their important contribution to the present health care deliv- 21 ery system. 22 § 2. Subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law is 23 amended by adding a new paragraph (dd) to read as follows: 24 (dd) care and services provided by mental health counselors licensed 25 pursuant to section eighty-four hundred two of the education law, EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08250-02-6A. 9477 2 1 including such care and services provided in a hospital out-patient or 2 clinic facility referred to in paragraph (c) of this subdivision. 3 § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall 4 have become a law.