Bill Text: NY A06740 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


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

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 30-4)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-20 - RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY [A06740 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06740-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         6740--B

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     March 18, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  JEAN-PIERRE, VANEL, McDONALD, RIVERA, ORTIZ,
          EPSTEIN, RAYNOR, BLAKE, SIMON, MOSLEY,  ARROYO,  ZEBROWSKI,  WILLIAMS,
          SAYEGH,  FRONTUS,  JAFFEE,  SCHMITT,  McDONOUGH, D'URSO, JOYNER, CRUZ,
          WRIGHT, STECK, RAMOS, FALL, CROUCH, GLICK, FERNANDEZ, TAYLOR, REYES --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT, M. L. MILLER -- read  once
          and   referred   to  the  Committee  on  Mental  Health  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee -- reported and referred to the Committee  on  Codes
          --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
          and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to establish a Black youth suicide  prevention  task  force;  and
          providing 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. Black youth suicide prevention task  force.  (a)  There  is
     2  hereby created the Black youth suicide prevention task force to examine,
     3  evaluate  and  determine  how  to  improve  mental  health  and  suicide
     4  prevention for Black New York residents aged 5 though 18 years, consist-
     5  ing of seven members, each to serve until two years after the  effective
     6  date of this act.
     7    (b)(1) Such members shall be appointed as follows: one member shall be
     8  appointed  by  the governor; one member shall be appointed by the tempo-
     9  rary president of the senate; one  member  shall  be  appointed  by  the
    10  minority  leader  of  the  senate;  one member shall be appointed by the
    11  speaker of the assembly; one member shall be appointed by  the  minority
    12  leader  of  the  assembly;  and  two  members  shall be appointed by the
    13  commissioner of mental health. Appointments shall be made  within  sixty
    14  days  of  the  effective  date  of this act. Vacancies in the task force
    15  shall be filled in the same manner provided for original appointments.
    16    (2) All appointees shall  have  expertise  in  fields  or  disciplines
    17  related to mental health suicide prevention services, supports and know-

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10558-05-9

        A. 6740--B                          2

     1  ledge  related to the Black community. All appointments shall be coordi-
     2  nated to ensure geographic representation from the entire state.
     3    (3)  The  task force shall be chaired by the governor's appointee. The
     4  task force shall elect a vice-chair by majority vote and other necessary
     5  officers from among all appointed members.
     6    (4) The task force shall meet at least quarterly at the  call  of  the
     7  chair.  Meetings may be held via teleconference. Special meetings may be
     8  called by the chair at the request of a majority of the members  of  the
     9  task force.
    10    (5)  Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
    11  services but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses  incurred  in
    12  the performance of their duties in the work of the task force.
    13    (c) The task force shall:
    14    (1)  study  current  mental  health  practices  and suicide prevention
    15  efforts for Black youths aged 5 through 18 years;
    16    (2) recommend mental health practices and suicide  prevention  efforts
    17  for such age group to increase effectiveness across the state; and
    18    (3)  determine  potential  reasons  for the high number of Black youth
    19  suicides.
    20    (d) The task force may  establish  advisory  committees  as  it  deems
    21  appropriate  on  matters  relating to the task force's functions, powers
    22  and duties. Such committees shall be chaired by a task force member, but
    23  may be composed of task force  members  as  well  as  other  individuals
    24  selected  by the task force to provide expertise of interest specific to
    25  the charge of such committees.
    26    (e) The task force may, as it deems appropriate, request that studies,
    27  surveys and analyses relating to the task force's powers and  duties  be
    28  performed by any state department, commission, agency or public authori-
    29  ty.  All  state departments, commissions, agencies or public authorities
    30  shall provide information and advice in a timely  manner  and  otherwise
    31  assist  the  task force with its work; provided however, any information
    32  or records otherwise confidential  and  privileged  in  accordance  with
    33  state  or  federal  law  that are provided to the task force pursuant to
    34  this subdivision shall remain confidential as provided by such state  or
    35  federal  law and provided, further, that reports of the task force shall
    36  not identify the name  or  related  identifying  information  concerning
    37  individual persons who are deceased as a result of suicide.
    38    (f)  The task force shall provide a preliminary report to the governor
    39  and the legislature of its findings,  conclusions,  recommendations  and
    40  activities already undertaken by the task force, not later than thirteen
    41  months  after  the effective date of this act, and a final report of its
    42  findings, conclusions, recommendations and activities already undertaken
    43  by the task force, not later than twenty-two months after the  effective
    44  date of this act and shall submit with its reports legislative proposals
    45  as it deems necessary to implement its recommendations.
    46    §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    47  have become a law and shall expire 2 years  after  such  effective  date
    48  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.
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