NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9563A
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
notice to local governments of the potential for significant service
reductions at certain state-operated hospitals
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation provides that the notice of closure for significant
reductions at state operated hospitals and state operated research
institutes be at least twelve months and at most twenty-four months
prior to commencing such service reduction.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds language that states that notice of reductions be between
twelve and twenty-four months prior to commencing such service
Section 2 is the effective date.
This legislation seeks to add a degree of certainty to the mechanism by
which notice must be given. Current law allows for notice to be given at
least twelve months prior, however there is no maximum time frame. Not
having a maximum timeframe leaves open-endedness and uncertainty.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
January 23, 2018
Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Mental Health -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to notice to local
governments of the potential for significant service reductions at
certain state-operated hospitals
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Paragraph 3 of subdivision (e) of section 7.17 of the
2 mental hygiene law, as amended by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, is
3 amended to read as follows:
4 3. provide for a mechanism which may reasonably be expected to provide
5 notice to local governments, community organizations, employee labor
6 organizations, managerial and confidential employees, consumer and advo-
7 cacy groups of the potential for significant service reductions at such
8 state-operated hospitals and state-operated research institutes at least
9 twelve months and at most twenty-four months prior to commencing such
10 service reduction, provided, however, that this requirement shall be
11 deemed satisfied with respect to reductions at Central Islip Psychiatric
12 Center, Gowanda Psychiatric Center, Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center,
13 Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Willard Psychiatric Center and Manhattan
14 Children's Psychiatric Center; and
15 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
16 any notice issued pursuant to paragraph 3 of subdivision (e) of section
17 7.17 of the mental hygiene law prior to the effective date of this act
18 shall expire twelve months from the effective date of this act.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.