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A00261 Summary:

BILL NOA00261
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03895
 
SPONSORAbinanti
 
COSPNSRBenedetto, Lupardo, Titone, Cusick, Cook, Colton, Englebright, Weprin, Barrett, Lifton, Bichotte, Miller MG, Walsh
 
MLTSPNSRCrouch, McDonough, Raia, Thiele
 
 
Directs the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the commissioner of mental health to study and report the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
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A00261 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A261
 
SPONSOR: Abinanti (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of the office for people with develop- mental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for the early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum disorder   PURPOSE OF BILL: To study the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spec- trum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill requires the commissioners of the office for people with developmental disabilities, education, health, the office for children and family services and mental health to cause a study to be performed on the costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The study shall include a projected estimate of future state costs associated with state services that will be needed to accommodate the growth in the number of individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Section 2 requires the commissioners to deliver a copy of the findings of the study and any necessary legislative recommendations to the gover- nor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the mental health and developmental disabilities committee of the senate, and the chair of the mental health committee of the assembly on or before April 1, 2020. Section 3 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This number has increased significantly over the last decade. While thousands of state residents currently receive services for the treatment and care of autism spectrum disorders from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities including long-term residential care; this number will increase steadily as more children are being diagnosed annually. The State already has custody or will take custody of many individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as they grow older. The longterm fiscal impact to the State must be assessed in order to plan for the funding necessary to provide proper service levels and improve programs for this vulnerable and increasing population. Most states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay for out-of-pocket services that can cost upwards of $50,000 per year. In the process, many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children - essentially mortgaging their entire futures.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: A171A passed assembly; 2014: A538A passed assembly; 2012: A9014A referred to mental health; 2011: A6403 referred to mental health; 2010: A86253 referred to mental health.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00261 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           261
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 5, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ABINANTI, BENEDETTO, LUPARDO, TITONE, CUSICK,
          COOK,  COLTON,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  WEPRIN,  BARRETT,  LIFTON,  BICHOTTE  --
          Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. CROUCH, GRAF, McDONOUGH, MOYA, RAIA,
          SALADINO, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on  Mental
          Health

        AN ACT to direct the commissioner of the office for people with develop-
          mental disabilities to study and report upon the cost to the state for
          the  early diagnosis and long-term treatment of autism spectrum disor-
          der
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  commissioner  of the office for people with develop-
     2  mental disabilities, the commissioner of education, the commissioner  of
     3  health,  the  commissioner of the office of children and family services
     4  and the commissioner  of  mental  health  shall  cause  a  study  to  be
     5  performed  on  the  costs to the state for the early diagnosis of autism
     6  spectrum disorder and the long-term treatment of individuals with autism
     7  spectrum disorder.  Such study shall include, but not be limited  to,  a
     8  projected  estimate  of  future  cost to the state associated with state
     9  services that will be needed to accommodate the growth in the number  of
    10  individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
    11    §  2.  On  or before April 1, 2021, the commissioner of the office for
    12  people with developmental disabilities, the commissioner  of  education,
    13  the  commissioner  of health, the commissioner of the office of children
    14  and family services and the commissioner of mental health shall  deliver
    15  a copy of the findings of the study conducted pursuant to section one of
    16  this  act  and  any  legislative  recommendations  he or she deems to be
    17  necessary to the governor, the temporary president of  the  senate,  the
    18  speaker  of  the  assembly,  the chair of the mental health and develop-
    19  mental disabilities committee of the senate, and the chair of the mental
    20  health committee of the assembly.
    21    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03266-01-7
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