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S08769 Summary:

Add §7.24, Ment Hyg L
Requires the office of mental health to develop educational materials on effective discharge planning of individuals with a mental health disorder who are discharged from a hospital and provide such materials to general hospitals across the state.
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S08769 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 15, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen.  ORTT  --  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  a  hospital's
          policies  and  procedures  regarding  discharge  of individuals with a
          mental health disorder

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section
     2  7.24 to read as follows:
     3  § 7.24 Mental health disorder hospital discharge;  policies  and  proce-
     4  dures.
     5    (a)  The  office, in consultation with the department of health, shall
     6  develop or utilize existing educational  materials  to  be  provided  to
     7  general hospitals to disseminate to individuals with a documented mental
     8  health  disorder or who appear to have or be at risk for a mental health
     9  disorder during discharge  planning  pursuant  to  section  twenty-eight
    10  hundred  three-i  of the public health law. Such materials shall include
    11  information  regarding  the  various  types  of  treatment  and  support
    12  services, including but not limited to: inpatient, outpatient treatment;
    13  how  to recognize the need for treatment services; information for indi-
    14  viduals to determine what type and level of treatment is most  appropri-
    15  ate  and  what  resources  are  available  to individuals; and any other
    16  information the commissioner and the commissioner of health deem  appro-
    17  priate.
    18    (b)  The commissioner in collaboration with the commissioner of health
    19  shall assist and provide guidance for every general hospital to:
    20    1. utilize existing, or in addition to  current  policies  and  proce-
    21  dures,  develop,  maintain  and disseminate, written policies and proce-
    22  dures, for the identification, assessment and  referral  of  individuals
    23  with  a documented mental health disorder or who appear to have or be at
    24  risk for a mental health disorder; and
    25    2. establish and implement training, within existing, or  in  addition
    26  to  current training programs, for all individuals licensed or certified
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  pursuant to title eight of the education law who provide direct  patient
     2  care  regarding the policies and procedures established pursuant to this
     3  section.
     4    (c)  If  a  general  hospital  does not directly provide mental health
     5  disorder services, then  the  commissioner,  in  consultation  with  the
     6  commissioner of health, shall provide the necessary information to refer
     7  individuals  in  need  of  such  services  to and coordinate with mental
     8  health service programs that provide such services, and have been issued
     9  an operating certificate pursuant to article thirty-one of this chapter.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    11  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner  of
    12  health  and the commissioner of mental health shall promulgate any rules
    13  and regulations necessary for the  implementation  of  this  act  on  or
    14  before such effective date.
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