|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Abbate, Abinanti, Blake, Colton, Cook, Corwin, Crouch, Cymbrowitz, Duprey, Gunther, Hyndman, Miller, Mosley, Peoples-Stokes, Robinson, Hunter|
|MLTSPNSR||Galef, Sepulveda, Simon, Thiele|
|Amd §365-a, Soc Serv L|
|Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.|
|03/10/2016||referred to health|
|05/04/2016||amend (t) and recommit to health|
|05/04/2016||print number 9477a|
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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: A9477A 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 practitioners 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 to allow for care and services provided by mental health practitioners licensed pursuant to Article 163 of the education law, including such care and services provided in a hospital out-patient 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--A 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, HUNTER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SEPULVEDA, SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners 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 practitioners as providers within the Medicaid program. Mental 5 health practitioners 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 practitioners from treating 10 Medicaid beneficiaries with untreated mental illness puts such benefici- 11 aries disproportionately at risk for engagement with the criminal 12 justice system. This puts individuals, families and communities at risk 13 of harm. Approximately 26 percent of adults experience a diagnosable 14 behavioral health disorder each year, and researchers have reported 20 15 percent of adolescents display psychological problems. Behavioral health 16 disorders, ranging from inattention to violence are often a result of 17 those psychological problems. 18 Mental health practitioners are valuable providers of mental health 19 services in New York state. Unfortunately Medicaid does not recognize 20 their important contribution to the present health care delivery system. 21 § 2. Subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law is 22 amended by adding a new paragraph (dd) to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08250-03-6A. 9477--A 2 1 (dd) care and services provided by mental health practitioners 2 licensed pursuant to article one hundred sixty-three of the education 3 law, including such care and services provided in a hospital out-patient 4 or clinic facility referred to in paragraph (c) of this subdivision. 5 § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall 6 have become a law.