“In 2007, the Assembly passed Timothy’s Law, which requires public health insurance programs to provide coverage that includes treatment for mental illnesses, emotional disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse comparable to that provided for physical ailments. Making Timothy’s Law permanent guarantees New Yorkers continue to receive the quality mental health benefits they need (A.8611).
“If Timothy’s Law were allowed to expire, many New Yorkers could be left without mental health coverage. Timothy’s Law has helped more New Yorkers receive mental health benefits, aiding their success at work, in school and at home. Today, the Assembly took a critical step to ensure mental health parity continues.”