Bill Text: NY S04749 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the establishment of community housing waiting lists within the office of mental health service system; directs each provider of housing services in the office of mental health system to provide, on a monthly basis, the office of mental health with a list of each person referred to, admitted to, applying for, withdrawing an application for and denied admission to housing provided by such provider; requires the community-based agency performing assessments of persons with a documented mental illness to provide the office with the names of such who have been assessed and who meet the eligibility criteria for the array of funded and/or licensed housing programs; requires such office to publish such waiting lists on a monthly basis.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-22 - REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES [S04749 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04749-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          4749
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 22, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
          mental Disabilities
        AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the establishment
          of community housing waiting lists for adults  within  the  office  of
          mental health service system
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 7.15 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding
     2  three new subdivisions (c), (d) and (e) to read as follows:
     3    (c) The commissioner shall establish a community housing waiting  list
     4  for  adults  seeking  housing  services  in  the office of mental health
     5  service system. For the purposes of this section,  the  term  "community
     6  housing  waiting  list"  shall  mean  an  unduplicated list or roster of
     7  adults with a documented mental illness who meet the eligibility  crite-
     8  ria  for  the  array  of  office of mental health funded and/or licensed
     9  housing programs who have been referred to or applied for  but  not  yet
    10  received   supported,   supportive,  supervised  or  congregate  housing
    11  services in the office of mental health service system.
    12    For the purposes of  this  section,  the  term  "provider  of  housing
    13  services"  shall include every holder of an operating certificate issued
    14  pursuant to article thirty-one of this chapter, or every housing program
    15  funded, operated or administered  by  the  office  including  any  local
    16  government  unit  mental  health housing referral system and each single
    17  point of entry office, operated by or under contract with a director  of
    18  community services pursuant to article forty-one of this chapter.
    19    For  the  purposes  of  this section, the term "agency or institution"
    20  shall include adult homes, nursing homes, foster care  providers,  home-
    21  less shelters, state psychiatric centers, hospitals, correctional facil-
    22  ities and other referring entities.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05939-01-9

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     1    Each  month,  each  provider  of housing services shall provide to the
     2  office the name of each person who  is  referred  to,  applies  for,  is
     3  admitted  to, withdraws an application for or is denied admission to the
     4  provider's housing program, along with such  other  information  as  the
     5  commissioner may require.
     6    Each  month,  each  agency or institution making referrals for housing
     7  services in the office of mental health service system  may  provide  to
     8  the  office  the  names of persons whom it has referred to a provider of
     9  housing services, along with such other information as the  commissioner
    10  may require.
    11    Each  month,  each  county's community-based agency performing assess-
    12  ments of people with disabilities using the uniform assessment tool,  as
    13  required  by  paragraph  (b) of subdivision one of section seven hundred
    14  three of the executive law, shall provide to the office the name of each
    15  person with a documented mental illness who is assessed  and  meets  the
    16  eligibility  criteria  for  the  array of office of mental health funded
    17  and/or licensed housing programs, and the names of those persons it  has
    18  referred  to  providers  of  housing  and services along with such other
    19  information as the commissioner may require.
    20    (d) The commissioner shall establish policies,  procedures  and  forms
    21  for  the  community  housing waiting list in order to ensure that appli-
    22  cants and prospective applicants  for  housing  programs,  providers  of
    23  housing  services,  and  referring  agencies and institutions may submit
    24  waiting list  information  and  copies  of  applications  and  referrals
    25  directly  to  the office via electronic means. Such policies, procedures
    26  and forms shall safeguard the confidentiality of information  concerning
    27  persons  seeking  housing in the office of mental health service system,
    28  and accord each person on the waiting list the opportunity to receive  a
    29  written copy of all personal information maintained on the waiting list.
    30  Such  policies  and  procedures  shall provide for the community housing
    31  waiting list to include all persons on any local or state  waiting  list
    32  for  housing  in  the  office of mental health service system before the
    33  effective date of this subdivision and the date  upon  which  each  such
    34  person  was  first  placed  on  such  waiting list. Such list shall also
    35  include persons who are placed on any such local or state  waiting  list
    36  on or after the effective date of this subdivision.
    37    (e)  The  commissioner shall prepare a written report on the community
    38  housing waiting list of persons with a documented mental illness seeking
    39  housing in the office of mental  health  service  system.  Such  housing
    40  shall  include  community-based  housing  and related services for which
    41  persons are assessed pursuant to article twenty-five  of  the  executive
    42  law.  Such  report  shall  include, but not be limited to, the number of
    43  adults, by county, referred to the community housing waiting  list;  the
    44  number  of adults, by county, that applied for each category of residen-
    45  tial service; the number of adults, by county, admitted to each category
    46  of residential service; the number of adults, by county,  denied  admis-
    47  sion  to  each category of residential service; the number of adults, by
    48  county, who withdrew  applications  for  each  category  of  residential
    49  service;  and  the number of adults, by county, on the statewide waiting
    50  list for each category of residential service.  For  each  category  and
    51  county,  the  number of months on the waiting list shall be reported for
    52  each person. Such report also shall include the  types,  capacities  and
    53  vacancy  rates of residential services offered in each county and detail
    54  the efforts of the office to reduce the length of the waiting  list  for
    55  each category of residential service, including the methods by which the
    56  office prioritizes the provision of services to persons on the statewide

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     1  community  housing  waiting  list and the efforts of the state to inform
     2  the public about the community housing waiting list and the availability
     3  of community housing and services for adults with  a  documented  mental
     4  illness.    Such  report  shall be submitted to the governor, the chair-
     5  person of  the  senate  mental  health  and  developmental  disabilities
     6  committee  and  the chairperson of the assembly mental health committee,
     7  and each local community services board on or before January first,  two
     8  thousand twenty-two and monthly thereafter.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    10  it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    11  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    12  tation  of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to
    13  be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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