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A05706 Summary:

BILL NOA05706
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02055
 
SPONSORJoyner
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §210, Cor L
 
Establishes a program for adults over fifty who are under community supervision or who will be released from a state correctional facility.
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A05706 Actions:

BILL NOA05706
 
02/24/2021referred to correction
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A05706 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5706
 
SPONSOR: Joyner
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to establishing a program for elderly inmates who are under community supervision or who will be released from a state correctional facility   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Relates to establishing the re-entry for the elderly program   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the correction law by, adding a new section 210. Section 2 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: 25,000 inmates are released from state correctional facilities each year. Approximately 61% of releasees are returned to New York City and the surrounding suburban counties with the remaining 39% returning to the upstate counties from which they were committed. If state policy aspires to support the successful reintegration into society of persons returning from prison, then this bill will help achieve that public safety goal. The reentry for the elderly program established by this bill should increase the rate of successful reintegration while provid- ing a more humane approach to returning elderly and geriatric persons to society after incarceration. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) alone cannot ensure good results for every inmate it releases each year along with the 35,000 parolees it supervises. Nor is it reasonable to expect that one agency can provide a bridge to reentry services in all parts of the state for tens of thousands of people each year. Good results require partners and cooperation from local agencies and stakeholders in the communities where such individuals originally came from and where they return. Although elderly releasees have low rates of recidivism they have high needs from a reentry perspective, including financial instability and an inability to work, medical needs, a lack of supportive housing, technological challenges and, in many cases, few living relatives. From 2000-2019, the state prison population decreased by 36%, from approximately 71,500 in 2000, to 46,000 in 2019. At the same time the incarcerated population over aged 50 doubled from 5,111 in 2000, to 10,331 in early 2018. This trend will likely continue. To ensure humane and safe returns from the significant investment made in state corrections, this bill requires the NYC departments of health & mental hygiene, social services and homeless services and their upstate coun- terparts to work with DOCCS to implement and coordinate program services for elderly persons released from state incarceration. Such services shall include geriatric assessment and discharge planning, identifica- tion of approvable housing including skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, case management to connect elderly releases to appropri- ate medical and mental health care, benefits, employment and services available through senior centers and service providers in their respec- tive communities.   PRIOR LEGISLATION HISTORY: September 2020 - A11010 Referred to Assembly Corrections   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined, if any.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it shall have become a law.
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A05706 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5706
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 24, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Correction
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  correction  law,  in relation to establishing a
          program for elderly inmates who are under community supervision or who
          will be released from a state correctional facility

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The correction law is amended by adding a new section 210
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 210. Reentry for the elderly program. 1. The department shall estab-
     4  lish a reentry for the elderly program using existing funds  for  adults
     5  over  fifty years of age who are under community supervision or who will
     6  be released from a state correctional facility.
     7    2. The commissioner, in  consultation  with  the  office  of  minority
     8  health,  the  commissioner  of the city of New York department of health
     9  and mental hygiene, the commissioner of the city of New York  department
    10  of  homeless  services  and  the  commissioner  of  the city of New York
    11  department of social services and  local  stakeholders  such  as  senior
    12  centers  and service providers, shall be responsible for the implementa-
    13  tion and coordination of program services provided for in  this  section
    14  for  participants  who  are on community supervision or will be released
    15  from a state correctional facility to the city of New York.
    16    3. The  commissioner,  in  consultation  with  county  departments  of
    17  health,  mental  health and social services, and with local stakeholders
    18  such as county senior centers and service providers, shall be  responsi-
    19  ble for the implementation and coordination of program services provided
    20  for in this section for participants who are on community supervision or
    21  will  be released from a state correctional facility to a county outside
    22  the city of New York.
    23    4. The program shall include, but not be  limited  to,  the  following
    24  components:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03785-01-1

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     1    (a)  geriatric  assessment and discharge planning to assess individual
     2  needs and develop individualized release plans;
     3    (b)  parole  board  interview  preparation including identification of
     4  approved residences; and
     5    (c) case management to connect participants  to  appropriate  housing,
     6  medical  and  behavioral health care, benefits, employment, and services
     7  available through senior centers, and provide ongoing support.
     8    5. The commissioners of the city of New York departments of health and
     9  mental hygiene, homeless services and social services and county commis-
    10  sioners of health, mental health, and social  services  shall  cooperate
    11  with  the  commissioner,  as  well  as the office of minority health, in
    12  furtherance of the program provided for in this section.
    13    6. The department may, subject to available  appropriations,  contract
    14  with  a non-profit entity for the performance of the functions set forth
    15  in this section.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    17  it shall have become a law.
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