A00692 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
COSPNSRJaffee, Reyes, Griffin, Fernandez, Davila, McDonald, DeStefano
Add 19.45, Ment Hyg L
Establishes the council for treatment equity within the office of alcoholism and substance abuse.
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A00692 Actions:

01/09/2019referred to alcoholism and drug abuse
05/07/2019reported referred to ways and means
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A00692 Committee Votes:

ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE Chair:Rosenthal L DATE:05/07/2019AYE/NAY:14/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Ways and Means

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A00692 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A00692 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, JAFFEE -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
        AN  ACT  to  amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing a
          council for treatment equity  within  the  office  of  alcoholism  and
          substance abuse

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a  new  section
     2  19.45 to read as follows:
     3  § 19.45 The council for treatment equity.
     4    1. Definitions. As used in this section:
     5    (a)  "Council"  shall  mean  the  council for treatment equity created
     6  pursuant to this section which shall consist of a full time director and
     7  any additional full or part time staff the commissioner deems  necessary
     8  to effectuate the provisions of this section.
     9    (b) "Treatment equity advisory board" shall mean the advisory board to
    10  the council, created pursuant to subdivision three of this section.
    11    (c)  "Vulnerable  populations"  shall  mean those who have experienced
    12  injustices and disadvantages as a result of their race, ethnicity, sexu-
    13  al orientation, gender identity, disability status,  age,  socioeconomic
    14  status  and/or  any other status which has caused a person to experience
    15  injustices and disadvantages.
    16    (d) "Racially and ethnically diverse areas" shall mean counties  where
    17  the non-white population is forty percent or more or the service area of
    18  an  agency,  corporation, facility or individual providing substance use
    19  disorder services where the non-white population of said area  is  forty
    20  percent or more.
    21    (e) "Provider of services" shall mean any agency, corporation, facili-
    22  ty or individual providing substance use disorder services to vulnerable
    23  populations.
    24    (f)  "Treatment  disparities"  shall  mean  measurable  differences in
    25  access to and quality of substance use disorder services  as  determined
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  by  race,  ethnicity,  sexual  orientation,  gender identity, disability
     2  status, age and socioeconomic status.
     3    (g)  "Treatment  equity"  shall  mean  achieving  the highest level of
     4  substance use disorder services for all people and shall entail  focused
     5  efforts to address avoidable inequalities by equalizing those conditions
     6  for  substance  use  disorder  services  for those that have experienced
     7  injustices and socioeconomic disadvantages.
     8    2. The council for treatment equity. There is hereby created a council
     9  for treatment equity.  The council, in conjunction  with  the  treatment
    10  equity advisory board, shall have the following powers and duties:
    11    (a)  Work  collaboratively with the office, other relevant state agen-
    12  cies and affected stakeholders, including, but not limited to, providers
    13  and representatives of vulnerable populations, in order to  set  priori-
    14  ties  to  achieve treatment equity in both racial and ethnically diverse
    15  areas and for vulnerable populations throughout the state;
    16    (b) Analyze collected  data  to  determine  the  causes  of  treatment
    17  disparities  in  both  racially  and  ethnically  diverse  areas and for
    18  vulnerable populations throughout the  state,  including  any  economic,
    19  physical, social or cultural barriers;
    20    (c)  Develop  and  implement  strategies  aimed at achieving treatment
    21  equity in racially and ethnically diverse  areas  and  among  vulnerable
    22  populations;
    23    (d) Promote community involvement by conducting promotional and educa-
    24  tional outreach programs regarding substance use disorders and available
    25  services; and
    26    (e)  Review  the  impact of current laws, rules, regulations, policies
    27  and programs that may be affecting  the  ability  to  achieve  treatment
    28  equity.
    29    3. The treatment equity advisory board. (a) The treatment equity advi-
    30  sory  board  shall  consist  of  twelve  members.  All  members shall be
    31  appointed by the governor, with three members appointed upon recommenda-
    32  tion from the temporary  president  of  the  senate  and  three  members
    33  appointed  upon  recommendation  from  the  speaker of the assembly. The
    34  chairperson of the council shall be the commissioner or their designee.
    35    (b) The members of the council shall be from the community with exper-
    36  tise in conducting substance  use  disorder  services.  In  making  such
    37  appointments,  due  consideration  shall  be  given to ensuring adequate
    38  geographic representation.
    39    (c) The term of office for each member of the treatment  equity  advi-
    40  sory  board  shall be six years. Vacancies in the treatment equity advi-
    41  sory board, other than by expiration of a term, shall be filled for  the
    42  remainder  of the unexpired term in the same manner as original appoint-
    43  ments.
    44    (d) The members of the treatment equity advisory board  shall  receive
    45  no  compensation  for  their  services,  but shall be reimbursed for all
    46  expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of
    47  their duties under this section within  the  amount  made  available  by
    48  appropriation therefor.
    49    4.  Report. The council shall submit a written report to the governor,
    50  the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no
    51  later than one year succeeding the effective date of  this  section  and
    52  annually  thereafter,  setting  forth  the findings, recommendations and
    53  activities of the council on matters within the scope of its powers  and
    54  duties as set forth in this section.
    55    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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