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As New York’s legislative session continues, a number of payments intention to alter psychological and behavioral well being care at faculties, prisons, hospitals and locally. This listing just isn’t exhaustive.
Senate Bill S5301A: Sen. Samra G. Brouk, D-NY launched this invoice, which is presently within the greater schooling neighborhood.
The invoice would permit psychological well being counselors who acquired their license after June 13, 2026, and psychological well being counselors who met the necessities of this invoice, to diagnose and develop assessment-based therapy plans.
Senate Bill S4412: Sen. Rachel Could, D-NY launched the invoice, which might set up an outreach and schooling program for Alzheimer’s.
The invoice would assist medical and non-medical professionals establish indicators of the illness earlier, present info and help locally for caregivers.
The COVID-19 pandemic exasperated the mental health strain of dementia caregivers who had been typically remoted from help networks.
The bill passed the Senate on March 24 with 63 votes in favor and 0 votes towards it.
Senate Bill S5209: Sen. Kevin Parker, D-NY sponsored the invoice, which can also be known as the “Minority Psychological Well being Act.”
It could set up a minority psychological well being division inside the New York Workplace of Psychological Well being that may be accountable for assuring psychological well being providers and packages are culturally and linguistically assembly the wants of marginalized teams.
The invoice was referred to the psychological well being committee on Feb. 26.
Senate Bill S2836: Recognized extra generally because the ‘HALT’ Solitary Confinement Act, Sen. Julia Salazar, D-NY sponsored the invoice, which limits solitary confinement to fifteen days, creates Residential Rehabilitation Items, eliminates segregated confinement for at-risk teams together with these 21 and beneath, these 55 and over, people with a incapacity or those that are pregnant, as much as 8 weeks postpartum or have a baby on the facility.
Solitary confinement together with suicidal ideation, self-harm, paranoia, despair, and hallucination, according to extensive research.
The invoice handed the senate and was delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 19.
The ‘HALT’ Act will convey New York as much as worldwide requirements beneath the United Nations’ Nelson Mandela Rule.