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A07489 Summary:

Establishes a temporary commission relating to the evaluation of the office of mental health housing programs.
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A07489 Actions:

05/07/2019referred to mental health
05/29/2019amend (t) and recommit to mental health
05/29/2019print number 7489a
06/04/2019reported referred to ways and means
06/05/2019reported referred to rules
06/12/2019rules report cal.172
06/12/2019ordered to third reading rules cal.172
06/17/2019substituted by s5637a
 05/21/20191ST REPORT CAL.878
 05/22/20192ND REPORT CAL.
 06/03/2019PASSED SENATE
 06/03/2019referred to mental health
 06/17/2019substituted for a7489a
 06/17/2019ordered to third reading rules cal.172
 06/17/2019passed assembly
 06/17/2019returned to senate
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A07489 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                       May 7, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Mental Health -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to create a temporary commission relating to the office of mental
          health housing programs

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "office
     2  of mental health housing  program  evaluation  commission"  (hereinafter
     3  referred  to  as  the  "commission")  is hereby created to make determi-
     4  nations and recommendations on the following:
     5    a. The number of and total quarterly occupancy  levels  for  scattered
     6  site  supportive housing, licensed community residences, licensed treat-
     7  ment apartments, and all other supportive housing (hereinafter  referred
     8  to  as "the programs"), under the auspice of the office of mental health
     9  by county over the last five years as well  as  each  program's  funding
    10  levels  on  an  annual basis, over the last five years. Such information
    11  shall be utilized to: (i) determine the impact  of  changes  in  funding
    12  levels, if any, (ii) determine if there are varying funding levels with-
    13  in  the  same programs in the same counties, the rationale therefor, and
    14  the impact of such variances, and (iii) determine, with the  information
    15  from  paragraph b of this subdivision, the adequacy of funding levels by
    16  program.
    17    b. For each program by county, a sampling of clients' acuity and their
    18  needs and the programs' current staffing models. Such information  shall
    19  be  used  to  analyze the impact on the quality of care the programs are
    20  mandated and able to deliver and whether there is a need for additional,
    21  different and/or credentialed/licensed staff in the programs.
    22    c.  For each program and by county, the programs'  and/or  the  mental
    23  health  system's ability to meet the needs, as determined in paragraph b
    24  of this subdivision, of the clients.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    2. The commission shall  consist  of  nine  members  as  follows:  two
     2  members  shall  be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; two members
     3  shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one  member
     4  shall  be  appointed  by  the  minority leader of the senate; one member
     5  shall  be  appointed  by  the minority leader of the assembly; and three
     6  members shall be appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be  desig-
     7  nated  as  the  chair  of  the  commission.   Members so appointed shall
     8  include adequate representation of resident advocates, family members of
     9  residents,  program  provider  organizations,  licensed  mental   health
    10  professionals and related health care professionals.
    11    3.  The  members  of  the commission shall receive no compensation for
    12  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
    13  incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
    14    4. The commission shall make a report of its findings,  including  any
    15  recommendations  for  legislative  action  as  it may deem necessary and
    16  appropriate, to the governor and the legislature no later  than  October
    17  1, 2020.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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