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A08961 Summary:

BILL NOA08961
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07322
 
SPONSORDe La Rosa
 
COSPNSRSepulveda, Weprin, Abinanti
 
MLTSPNSRThiele
 
Amd 41.56 & 7.07, Ment Hyg L; amd 2, Chap of 2017 (as proposed in S. 5500-C and A. 7225-B)
 
Relates to the establishment of the adolescent suicide prevention advisory council.
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A08961 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8961
 
SPONSOR: De La Rosa
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the prevention of suicide; and to amend a chapter of the laws of 2017, amending the mental hygiene law relating to establishing the adolescent suicide prevention advisory council, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 5500-C and A. 7225-B, in relation to the effectiveness there- of; and repealing section 41.56 of the mental hygiene law relating ther- eto   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To develop suicide prevention programs and services that meet the unique needs of certain demographic groups.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require the commissioner of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to assure the development of plans, programs, and services in the area of research and prevention of suicide which aim to reduce suicidal behavior and suicide through consultation, training, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of suicide surveillance data. Such plans, programs, and services must consider the unique needs of differ- ing demographic groups and the impact of gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as cultural and language needs. The bill also requires the commis- sioner of OMH to develop the plans, programs, and services in cooper- ation with other state agencies and departments of state, local govern- ments, community organizations and entities, or other organizations and individuals.   JUSTIFICATION: According to the Governor's website, New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation, with 1,652 in 2015, and it is estimated that for every suicide death there are 25 non-fatal attempts. In New York State and across the nation, there are several high-risk demographic groups and special populations, including Latina adoles- cents, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, veterans, individuals with mental illness, and individuals besieged with alcohol and drug use. Some studies report that Latina adolescents attempt suicide at more than twice the rate of white youths (13.3 percent versus 5.9 percent); veterans in New York State represent more than 15 percent of suicides, while nationally; LGBT adolescents are four times more likely to have attempted suicide than their non-LGBT peers. This bill will help to reduce the prevalence of suicide and suicidal behavior among high risk demographic groups by requiring the commission- er of OMH to ensure the development suicide prevention plans, programs, and services that also consider the impact of gender, race, and ethnici- ty, as well as cultural and language needs.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that sections one and two of this act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as a chapter of the laws of 2017, amending the mental hygiene law relating to establishing the adolescent suicide prevention advisory council, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S.5500-C and A.7225-B takes effect.
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A08961 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8961
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DE LA ROSA  -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Mental Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the prevention of
          suicide; and to amend a chapter of the  laws  of  2017,  amending  the
          mental  hygiene  law  relating  to establishing the adolescent suicide
          prevention advisory council, as proposed in legislative bills  numbers
          S. 5500-C and A. 7225-B, in relation to the effectiveness thereof; and
          repealing section 41.56 of the mental hygiene law relating thereto
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 41.56 of the mental hygiene  law,  as  added  by  a
     2  chapter of the laws of 2017, amending the mental hygiene law relating to
     3  establishing  the  adolescent  suicide  prevention  advisory council, as
     4  proposed in legislative bills  numbers  S.  5500-C  and  A.  7225-B,  is
     5  REPEALED.
     6    §  2.    Section 7.07 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a
     7  new subdivision (g) to read as follows:
     8    (g) The office of mental health  shall  have  the  responsibility  for
     9  assuring  the  development of plans, programs, and services in the areas
    10  of research and prevention of suicide, to reduce suicidal  behavior  and
    11  suicide through consultation, training, implementation of evidence-based
    12  practices,  and  use of suicide surveillance data. Such plans, programs,
    13  and services shall consider the unique needs  of  differing  demographic
    14  groups  and  the  impact of gender, race and ethnicity, and cultural and
    15  language needs. Such plans, programs, and services shall be developed in
    16  cooperation with other agencies and  departments  of  the  state,  local
    17  governments,  community  organizations  and entities, or other organiza-
    18  tions and individuals.
    19    § 3. Section 2 of a chapter of the laws of 2017, amending  the  mental
    20  hygiene  law  relating to establishing the adolescent suicide prevention
    21  advisory council, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 5500-C and
    22  A. 7225-B, is amended to read as follows:
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect [on the sixtieth day  after  it  shall
    24  have become a law] immediately.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10846-10-8

        A. 8961                             2
 
     1    §  4.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
     2  sections one and two of this act shall take effect on the same date  and
     3  in the same manner as a chapter of the laws of 2017, amending the mental
     4  hygiene  law  relating to establishing the adolescent suicide prevention
     5  advisory council, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 5500-C and
     6  A. 7225-B, takes effect.
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