STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
November 5, 2021
Introduced by Sen. OBERACKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the
healthcare workforce innovation fund; and making an appropriation
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section
2 3609-a to read as follows:
3 § 3609-a. Healthcare workforce innovation fund. The department shall
4 establish the healthcare workforce innovation fund for the purpose of
5 expanding the direct care provider and home health aide workforce pipe-
6 lines. The department shall, on an annual basis, identify areas of the
7 state experiencing a shortage of workers in the direct care service
8 provider and home health aide sectors. The department shall work in
9 collaboration with the department of mental hygiene and the department
10 of education to improve the workforce pipelines in those areas. The
11 department may provide grants out of funds available to providers and
12 educational institutions, including, but not limited to, BOCES programs,
13 employment opportunity centers, and other institutions for the purpose
14 of improving such pipelines.
15 § 2. The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) is hereby appropri-
16 ated to the department of health out of any moneys in the state treasury
17 in the general fund to the credit of the local assistance account, not
18 otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose
19 of the healthcare workforce innovation fund. Such moneys shall be paya-
20 ble on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or
21 approved by the commissioner of the department of education in the
22 manner prescribed by law.
23 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.