N.Y. Mental Hygiene Law Section 41.43
Family support services


(a)

The commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, directly or through contract, and within amounts made available therefor, shall establish a family-directed, statewide system of comprehensive family support services. The purpose of family support services will be to enhance a family’s ability to provide in-home care to their family members with a developmental disability.

(b)

In administering family support services, the commissioner may, to the extent practicable, establish standards for outcome assessment and performance reviews of the goods and services obtained whether such goods and services are purchased pursuant to contract with the state, through reimbursement of families, through the issuance of vouchers to families for the purchase of goods and services, or through other means.

(c)

For purposes of this section, family supports are goods, services, and subsidies, determined by the family and the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities, which are provided to meet the goals of:

(i)

providing a quality of life comparable, to the extent practicable, to that of similarly situated families without a family member having a developmental disability;

(ii)

maintaining family unity;

(iii)

preventing premature or inappropriate out-of-home placement;

(iv)

reuniting families;

(v)

enhancing parenting skills; and

(vi)

maximizing the potential of the family member with a developmental disability.

(d)

The developmental disabilities advisory council created by section 13.05 of this chapter shall establish a committee pursuant to the provisions of paragraph one of subdivision (c) of section 13.05 of this chapter, comprised of members selected by the commissioner, to be called the committee on family support services. The committee shall (i) provide information to the commissioner on the needs of families caring at home for a family member with a developmental disability;

(ii)

advise the commissioner on policies related to family supports and services; and

(iii)

offer advice to the commissioner on the design, implementation and monitoring of family support services. Members of the committee shall include persons with a developmental disability, family members of persons with a developmental disability, and professionals and others with an interest in the care of persons with developmental disabilities. A majority of the committee shall be family members of persons with developmental disabilities. Members shall only receive reimbursement for expenses incurred in connection with their duties on the committee.

(e)

The commissioner, in consultation with the committee on family support services, shall submit by January first, nineteen hundred ninety-three, and annually thereafter for four years, reports to the governor and the legislature concerning family support services. Such reports shall include, but not be limited to, the following: an analysis of family support services provided by contract agencies and those provided by the state, the amounts and sources of funds expended annually for family support services by region and by type of service, the number of families receiving services, the number of families estimated to be in need of family support services, the results of consumer and family member assessments of family support services, and a description of any new initiatives and recommendations for future action.

Source: Section 41.43 — Family support services, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/MHY/41.­43 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 20, 2024).

41.01
Declaration of purpose
41.03
Definitions
41.04
Responsibilities of commissioners of the offices
41.05
Local governmental unit
41.07
Provision of services by the local governmental unit
41.09
Director
41.10
State conference of local mental hygiene directors
41.11
Composition of boards
41.13
Powers and duties of local governmental units
41.15
Approved plans and state aid
41.16
Local planning
41.17
State and local coordination
41.18
Local services plan
41.24
Study on alternative to net deficit funding
41.25
Fees
41.27
State aid procedures
41.29
Liability of local government
41.31
Publication of records
41.32
Transitional provisions for local assistance funding of federally funded demonstration projects for treatment of alcoholics
41.33
Community residences for the mentally disabled
41.34
Site selection of community residential facilities
41.35
Demonstration programs
41.36
Community residential facilities
41.37
Community residence and residential treatment facility for children and youth development grants
41.38
Rental and mortgage payments of community residential facilities for the mentally ill
41.39
Vocational programs
41.40
Small community residential facilities
41.40*2
Respite services
41.41
Rights of persons with developmental disabilities
41.42
Family support programs
41.43
Family support services
41.44
Community residential services for the mentally ill
41.45
Development grants for residential care centers for adults
41.46
Disclosure by members, officers and employees
41.47
Community support services program
41.48
Real property acquisition options
41.49
Adolescent suicide prevention program
41.49*2
Community based mental health services for seriously emotionally disturbed children
41.50
Development grants for comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs
41.51
State aid for costs of comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs
41.52
Community residential services for alcoholism
41.53
Community residence development grants for alcoholism services
41.54
Roles and responsibilities of certain board members
41.54*2
Employee assistance programs
41.55
Community mental health support and workforce reinvestment program
41.57
Compulsive gambling education and treatment program

Accessed:
Jul. 20, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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