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A09743 Summary:

Amd §7.09, Ment Hyg L
Requires the commissioner of mental health to issue a report on short term crisis respite programs and intensive crisis respite programs.
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A09743 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 28, 2022
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  FERNANDEZ  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Mental Health
        AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to reports on  short
          term crisis respite and intensive crisis respite programs
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 7.09 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision (m) to read as follows:
     3    (m) (1) For the purposes of this subdivision the following terms shall
     4  be defined as:
     5    (i) "short term crisis respite" shall  mean  a  short  term  care  and
     6  intervention  strategy  provided in a site based residential setting for
     7  individuals who are: experiencing challenges in daily life that create a
     8  risk for escalation of symptoms that cannot be managed in  the  person's
     9  home and/or community environment; at imminent risk for an escalation of
    10  symptoms  and/or a loss of adult role functioning but who do not pose an
    11  imminent risk to the safety of themselves or others; or  experiencing  a
    12  challenging  emotional  crisis  which the individual is unable to manage
    13  without intensive assistance and support;
    14    (ii) "intensive crisis respite" shall mean a  short-term,  residential
    15  care and clinical intervention strategy for individuals who are facing a
    16  behavioral health crisis, and who are at imminent risk for loss of func-
    17  tional  abilities,  and    without this level of care may present safety
    18  concerns for themselves and/or others.
    19    (2) The commissioner shall furnish and issue a report to the governor,
    20  the speaker of the assembly, and the temporary president of  the  senate
    21  no  later  than one year after the effective date of this subdivision on
    22  the following information as it relates to short term crisis respite and
    23  intensive crisis respite programs:
    24    (i) the number of short term and intensive crisis respite programs  in
    25  each county;
    26    (ii)  the  number  of  individuals  served by short term and intensive
    27  crisis respite programs in each county each month;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (iii) the most prevalent factors  for  admission  of  individuals  who
     2  received  either  type  of  crisis  respite  service, including the most
     3  prevalent type of setting an individual was referred from, and the  most
     4  prevalent  mental  health diagnosis for individuals accepted into either
     5  type of crisis respite program each month;
     6    (iv)  the percentage of individuals diverted from the use of inpatient
     7  or hospital emergency room care due  to  experiencing  a  mental  health
     8  crisis, for at least thirty days after being discharged from either type
     9  crisis respite program each month;
    10    (v)  types  of  services  provided by a short term or intensive crisis
    11  respite program, including the type of staff and training  required  for
    12  the  provision  of  such  services as well as any additional services or
    13  types of staff and  training  that  may  be  beneficial  to  individuals
    14  receiving such services; and
    15    (vi) identifying parts of the state that would benefit from short term
    16  and/or  intensive  crisis  respite  programs  or  where an expansions of
    17  services would be appropriate.
    18    (3) The commissioner is authorized to request the  assistance  of  any
    19  local  mental  health  programs,  state  agencies,  or  the local mental
    20  hygiene directors, for the purpose of identifying existing short term or
    21  intensive crisis respite programs and  completing  the  report  required
    22  under this subdivision.
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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