A05543 Summary:

BILL NOA05543
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPalmesano
 
COSPNSRHawley, Giglio JM, Brabenec, Byrne, DeStefano, Miller M, Morinello, Norris, Salka, Sayegh, Tague
 
MLTSPNSRAshby, Byrnes, Ra, Reilly, Walsh
 
 
Directs the commissioner of transportation, in consultation with the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, to conduct a statewide study and review of the transportation of individuals with developmental disabilities.
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A05543 Actions:

BILL NOA05543
 
02/19/2021referred to transportation
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A05543 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5543
 
SPONSOR: Palmesano
  TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a state- wide study and review of the transportation of individuals with develop- mental disabilities   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to require OPWDD and DOT to conduct a study on the availability of transportation for developmental disabili- ties, the decision making authority for non-emergency Medicaid transpor- tation, and any unique concerns based on regional issues. A report must be submitted to the Governor and Legislature with the hope of developing solutions in the future.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a section to unconsolidated law directing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a statewide study and review.   JUSTIFICATION: Concerns regarding adequate transportation for individuals with develop- mental disabilities were raised at almost every forum. In both rural and suburban areas, concerns were raised about how the lack of adequate transportation services would affect the current efforts to move indi- viduals with developmental disabilities from sheltered workshops to integrated employment opportunities in the community. This bill requires OPWDD and DOT to conduct a study on the availability of transportation for developmental disabilities, the decision making authority for non-emergency Medicaid transportation, and any unique concerns based on regional issues. A report must be submitted to the Governor and Legislature for the purpose of developing solutions in the future.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020, referred to transportation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A05543 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5543
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PALMESANO, HAWLEY, J. M. GIGLIO, BRABENEC, BYRNE,
          DeSTEFANO,  M. MILLER,  MORINELLO,  NORRIS,  SALKA,  SAYEGH,  TAGUE --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ASHBY, BYRNES,  RA,  REILLY,  WALSH  --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation
 
        AN  ACT directing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a state-
          wide study and review of the transportation of individuals with devel-
          opmental disabilities
 
          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 department of transportation, in
     2  consultation with the commissioner of the office for people with  devel-
     3  opmental disabilities and any other department, division, board, bureau,
     4  commission,  agency  or  public  authority of the state or any political
     5  subdivision thereof deemed necessary by the commissioner of  transporta-
     6  tion  and  the  commissioner of the office for people with developmental
     7  disabilities, shall conduct a statewide study and review of  the  trans-
     8  portation  of  individuals  with  developmental disabilities. Such study
     9  shall include, but not be limited to,  geographic  location  challenges,
    10  the  availability  of transportation for people with developmental disa-
    11  bilities, the  decision  making  authority  for  non-emergency  Medicaid
    12  transportation,  and  any  unique concerns based on regional issues. The
    13  study shall also look at how community homes  are  currently  determined
    14  and  how such homes will be determined going forward taking into account
    15  transportation availability and options.
    16    § 2. The commissioner of the  office  for  people  with  developmental
    17  disabilities  and the commissioner of transportation shall, on or before
    18  December 31, 2021, submit a report of  such  study,  including  detailed
    19  recommendations  and  findings, to the governor, the temporary president
    20  of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader  of  the
    21  senate,  the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly, and the chairs of the
    22  senate and assembly mental health and transportation committees.
    23    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08078-01-1
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