Bill Text: NY S06509 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to when the department may limit the census of persons with a serious mental illness residing in an adult home.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-14 - REFERRED TO RULES [S06509 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S06509-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      June 14, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sen. JACKSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  persons  with
          serious mental illness residing in adult homes

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
     2  461-u to read as follows:
     3    §  461-u.  Persons  with  serious  mental illness residing in an adult
     4  home. 1.   Notwithstanding any provision of law  or  regulation  to  the
     5  contrary,  the  commissioner  shall not limit the census of persons with
     6  serious mental illness residing in an adult home as defined  in  section
     7  two  of  this  chapter, provided that the adult home meets the following
     8  requirements:
     9    (a) it is organized as a not-for-profit corporation;
    10    (b) it is operated by an organization that also operates  a  continuum
    11  of  housing  and  residential services, including supportive housing and
    12  independent housing;
    13    (c) it assesses each adult home resident on a periodic basis to ensure
    14  that the resident is living in the most integrated  setting  appropriate
    15  to the resident's needs; and
    16    (d)  it  actively addresses the needs of the adult home residents with
    17  serious mental illness by:
    18    i. fostering the development of independent living skills;
    19    ii. ensuring access to and quality of mental health services;
    20    iii. encouraging community involvement and integration; and
    21    iv. fostering a homelike atmosphere.
    22    2. For purposes of this section "persons with serious mental  illness"
    23  means  individuals  who meet criteria established by the commissioner of
    24  mental health, which shall be persons who have a designated diagnosis of
    25  mental illness under the Diagnostic and  Statistical  Manual  of  Mental

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

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     1  Disorders  (DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, July 2000), and
     2  whose severity and duration of mental  illness  results  in  substantial
     3  functional disability.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.