Bill Text: NY A02761 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes a Latina suicide prevention task force; provides for the number of members, manner of appointment and the topics to be reviewed.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-3)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-05 - reported referred to rules [A02761 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02761-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 25, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. FERNANDEZ, ZEBROWSKI, REYES, GUNTHER, JAFFEE,
          PICHARDO, ARROYO, CRUZ, COOK, DeSTEFANO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          A.  GIGLIO, RAMOS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Mental
          Health -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to establish a Latina suicide prevention task force; and provides
          for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Latina suicide prevention task force. (a) There  is  hereby
     2  created  the  Latina  suicide prevention task force to examine, evaluate
     3  and determine how to improve mental health and  suicide  prevention  for
     4  Latina  New  York  residents, consisting of seven members, each to serve
     5  until two years after the effective date of this act.
     6    (b)(1) Such members shall be appointed as follows: one member shall be
     7  appointed by the governor; one member shall be appointed by  the  tempo-
     8  rary  president  of  the  senate;  one  member shall be appointed by the
     9  minority leader of the senate; one member  shall  be  appointed  by  the
    10  speaker  of  the assembly; one member shall be appointed by the minority
    11  leader of the assembly; and  two  members  shall  be  appointed  by  the
    12  commissioner  of  mental health. Appointments shall be made within sixty
    13  days of the effective date of this act.  Vacancies  in  the  task  force
    14  shall be filled in the same manner provided for original appointments.
    15    (2)  All  appointees  shall  have  expertise  in fields or disciplines
    16  related to mental health suicide prevention  services  and  support  and
    17  knowledge  related  to  the  Latina community. All appointments shall be
    18  coordinated to ensure geographic representation from the entire state.
    19    (3) The task force shall be chaired by the governor's  appointee.  The
    20  task  force shall elect a vice-chair by a majority vote and other neces-
    21  sary officers from among all appointed members.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (4) The task force shall meet at least quarterly at the  call  of  the
     2  chair.  Meetings may be held via teleconference. Special meetings may be
     3  called by the chair at the request of a majority of the members  of  the
     4  task force.
     5    (5)  Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
     6  services but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses  incurred  in
     7  the performance of their duties in the work of the task force.
     8    (c) The task force shall:
     9    (1)  study  current  mental  health  practices  and suicide prevention
    10  efforts;
    11    (2) recommend mental health practices and suicide  prevention  efforts
    12  to increase effectiveness across the state; and
    13    (3)  determine  potential  reasons  for  the  high  number  of  Latina
    14  suicides.
    15    (d) The task force may  establish  advisory  committees  as  it  deems
    16  appropriate  on  matters  relating to the task force's functions, powers
    17  and duties. Such committees shall be chaired by a task force member, but
    18  may be composed of task force  members  as  well  as  other  individuals
    19  selected  by the task force to provide expertise of interest specific to
    20  the charge of such committees.
    21    (e) The task force may, as it deems appropriate, request that studies,
    22  surveys, or analyses relating to the task force's powers and  duties  be
    23  performed by any state department, commission, agency or public authori-
    24  ty.  All  state departments, commissions, agencies or public authorities
    25  shall provide information and advice in a timely  manner  and  otherwise
    26  assist  the task force with its work; provided, however, any information
    27  obtained pursuant to this subdivision shall  be  kept  confidential  and
    28  shall  only  be used by members of the task force in the course of their
    29  tasks and duties as a task force member.
    30    (f) The task force shall provide a preliminary report to the  governor
    31  and  the  legislature  of its findings, conclusions, recommendations and
    32  activities already undertaken by the task force, not later than thirteen
    33  months after the effective date of this act, and a final report  of  its
    34  findings, conclusions, recommendations and activities already undertaken
    35  by  the task force, not later than twenty-two months after the effective
    36  date of this act and shall submit with its reports legislative proposals
    37  as it deems necessary to implement its recommendations.
    38    § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    39  have  become  a  law  and shall expire 2 years after such effective date
    40  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.