A08248 Summary:

BILL NOA08248
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02248
 
SPONSOROrtiz
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Creates a veterans' mental health and suicide prevention task force.
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A08248 Actions:

BILL NOA08248
 
06/10/2019referred to veterans' affairs
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A08248 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8248
 
SPONSOR: Ortiz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a veterans' mental health and suicide prevention task force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE: To creates a veterans' mental health and suicide prevention task force.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 states legislative intent. Section 2 provides for the creation of the task force, including how members are appointed and what the task force's roles are (e.g., study current practices, recommend mental health practices and suicide prevention efforts). Section 3 provides the act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and expire May 1, 2021.   JUSTIFICATION: The legislature is concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of all returning veterans of the United States armed forces to New York and the high rate of mental health problems and suicides of members of the United States armed forces.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-2018: S4642 Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs 2015-2016: S3775 Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire May 1, 2021 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be repealed.
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A08248 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8248
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 10, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Veterans' Affairs
 
        AN ACT to create a veterans' mental health and suicide  prevention  task
          force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
          thereof
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature is concerned  with  the
     2  health,  safety,  and  welfare  of  all returning veterans of the United
     3  States armed forces to New York and the high rate of mental health prob-
     4  lems and suicides of members of the United States armed forces.
     5    § 2. Veterans' suicide task force. (a) There  is  hereby  created  the
     6  veterans'  mental  health  and suicide prevention task force to examine,
     7  evaluate  and  determine  how  to  improve  mental  health  and  suicide
     8  prevention  for our veterans, consisting of seven members, each to serve
     9  until May first, two thousand twenty-one.
    10    (b)(1) Such members shall be appointed as follows: one member shall be
    11  appointed by the governor; one member shall be appointed by  the  tempo-
    12  rary  president  of  the  senate;  one  member shall be appointed by the
    13  minority leader of the senate; one member  shall  be  appointed  by  the
    14  speaker  of  the assembly; one member shall be appointed by the minority
    15  leader of the assembly; one member shall be appointed by the director of
    16  the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs; and one  member  shall
    17  be  appointed  by the commissioner of health. Appointments shall be made
    18  within sixty days of the effective date of this act.  Vacancies  in  the
    19  task  force shall be filled in the manner provided for original appoint-
    20  ments.
    21    (2) All appointees shall  have  expertise  in  fields  or  disciplines
    22  related  to  mental  health.  All  appointments  shall be coordinated to
    23  ensure geographic representation from the entire state.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07156-02-9

        A. 8248                             2
 
     1    (3) The task force shall be chaired by the governor's  appointee.  The
     2  task  force  shall  elect a vice-chair and other necessary officers from
     3  among all appointed members.
     4    (4)  A  majority of the members of the task force then in office shall
     5  constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or the  exercise  of
     6  any  power or function of the task force. An act, determination or deci-
     7  sion of the majority of the members present during  the  presence  of  a
     8  quorum  shall  be  held to be the act, determination, or decision of the
     9  task force.
    10    (5) The task force shall meet at least quarterly at the  call  of  the
    11  chair.  Meetings may be held via teleconference. Special meetings may be
    12  called by the chair at the request of a majority of the members  of  the
    13  task force.
    14    (6)  Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
    15  services but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses  incurred  in
    16  the performance of their duties in the work of the task force.
    17    (c) The task force shall:
    18    (1)  study  current  mental  health  practices  and suicide prevention
    19  efforts; and
    20    (2) recommend  mental  health  practices  and  suicide  prevention  to
    21  increase effectiveness across the state.
    22    (d)  The task force may establish such advisory committees as it deems
    23  appropriate on matters relating to the task  force's  functions,  powers
    24  and duties. Such committees shall be chaired by a task force member, but
    25  may  be  composed  of  task  force  members as well as other individuals
    26  selected by the task force to provide expertise of interest specific  to
    27  the charge of such committees.
    28    (e) The task force may, as it deems appropriate, request that studies,
    29  surveys,  or  analyses relating to the task force's powers and duties be
    30  performed by any state department, commission, agency or public authori-
    31  ty. All state departments, commissions, agencies or  public  authorities
    32  shall  provide  information  and advice in a timely manner and otherwise
    33  assist the task force with its work.
    34    (f) The task force shall submit a request  for  any  appropriation  as
    35  shall be necessary to enable the task force to perform its functions and
    36  duties  to  the governor, director of the division of budget, and chair-
    37  persons of the senate finance committee and the assembly ways and  means
    38  committee.
    39    (g)  The  task force may hold public hearings, take testimony and make
    40  investigations at such places as it deems necessary.
    41    (h) The task force shall make a preliminary report to the governor and
    42  the legislature of its findings, conclusions, recommendations and activ-
    43  ities already undertaken by the task force, not later than June 1, 2020,
    44  and a final report of its  findings,  conclusions,  recommendations  and
    45  activities already undertaken by the task force, not later than March 1,
    46  2021 and shall submit with its reports legislative proposals as it deems
    47  necessary to implement its recommendations.
    48    §  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    49  have become a law and shall expire May 1, 2021 when upon such  date  the
    50  provisions of this act shall be deemed to be repealed.
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A08248 LFIN:

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