BILL NO A07737
SAME AS No same as
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.
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
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
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.
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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.