A07737 Summary:

BILL NO    A07737 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Gunther

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S7.17, Ment Hyg L

Requires the office of mental health to establish a training program for the
diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
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A07737 Actions:

BILL NO    A07737 

05/31/2013 referred to veterans' affairs
01/08/2014 referred to veterans' affairs
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A07737 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07737 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A7737

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
a program for the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress
disorder

PURPOSE OF BILL:

To provide mental health providers and mental health clinicians with
the tools to properly diagnose and treat veterans with post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD)

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends section 7.17 of the mental hygiene law to require the Office of
Mental Health (OMH) to develop a training program which includes a
component on military culture competency for mental health providers
and clinicians to diagnose and treat veterans with post-traumatic
stress disorder.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is estimated that 11-20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars and about 30% of Vietnam Veterans have PTSD. Many veterans'
experience situations which most civilians have never experienced.
These situations can be unfamiliar to mental health providers who may
be tasked with diagnosing and treating a veteran who has PTSD.

When veterans return home with symptoms of PTSD, they are often
referred to mental health professionals who may have no military
experience and therefore little to no knowledge of military culture.

Mental health providers in rural areas have the additional challenge
of, at times, being a great distance away from any training programs
that may be able to help them in regards to the diagnosis and
treatment. of PTSD. This bill requires the program be placed. on the
website of OMH along with other resources the Office already offers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.
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A07737 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         7737

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     May 31, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Veterans' Affairs

       AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to a program for the
         diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Section 7.17 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding
    2  a new subdivision (g) to read as follows:
    3    (G)  THE  COMMISSIONER,  IN COOPERATION WITH ANY OTHER STATE AGENCY OR
    4  RELEVANT STAKEHOLDER SHALL DEVELOP A TRAINING PROGRAM TO  BE  POSTED  ON
    5  THE  OFFICE'S  WEBSITE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF POST-TRAUMATIC
    6  STRESS DISORDER FOR MILITARY  VETERANS.  THE  PROGRAM  SHALL  INCLUDE  A
    7  COMPONENT  ON  MILITARY CULTURE COMPETENCY AND SHALL BE INTENDED FOR THE
    8  TRAINING OF  MENTAL  HEALTH  PROVIDERS  AND  MENTAL  HEALTH  CLINICIANS.
    9  CERTIFICATION  OF  THE  COMPLETION  OF  THE  PROGRAM  MAY BE PROVIDED TO
   10  PARTICIPANTS THROUGH THE OFFICE.
   11    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11085-02-3
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