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A07489 Summary:

BILL NOA07489A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05637-A
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRMiller ML
 
 
Establishes a temporary commission relating to the evaluation of the office of mental health housing programs.
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A07489 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7489A
 
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary commission relating to the office of mental health housing programs   PURPOSE: This bill would establish a temporary commission to investigate, and provide policy guidance and recommendations relating to the adequacy of funding levels and need for sufficient staffing in all supportive hous- ing under the auspices of the Office of Mental Health (OMH).   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would establish a temporary commission to make recommendations related to the adequacy of funding levels and need for sufficient staff- ing in all supportive housing under the auspices of OMH, establishes the size and process for the appointment of members to the commission, provides for the commission to be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, and states that the commission must report on its findings to the Governor and the Legislature no later than October 1, 2020.   JUSTIFICATION: There are approximately 40,000 units of mental health housing, state- wide, under the auspices of the State Office of Mental Health. Collec- tively, they have lost from 40-70% of their funding to inflation, depending on model, due to a lack of rate increases. When these programs were first created in the late 1970s, staff was paid close to an entry level teacher. Now, many providers are barely reim- bursed enough to pay the minimum wage. Originally, 50% of a provider's stipend went to services and administration while 50% went towards rents. Now 90% to 100% go to rents with little to nothing left for services and administration. This bill would establish a temporary commission to investigate and make recommendations relating to the adequacy of funding levels and need for sufficient staffing in all supportive housing under the auspices of OMH.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07489 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         7489--A
 
                               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.
                                                                   LBD11334-02-9

        A. 7489--A                          2
 
     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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