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New York Consolidated Laws, Mental Hygiene Law - MHY § 41.13 Powers and duties of local governmental units

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(a) Every local governmental unit shall:

1. review services and local facilities for the mentally disabled of the area which it serves and their relationship to local need;  determine needs of the mentally disabled of such area;  and encourage programs of prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment, social and vocational rehabilitation, special education and training, consultation, and public education on mental disabilities.

2. develop the program of local services for the area which it serves, establish long range goals of the local government in its programs for the mentally disabled, and develop intermediate range plans and forecasts, listing priorities and estimated costs.  The office of mental health shall be responsible for such program development relating to community support services in areas where the responsible local governmental unit elects, pursuant to subdivision (c) of section 41.47 of this article, not to receive state aid for community support services.  Local governmental units which elect not to receive such state aid for community support services shall integrate information relating to community support services into the comprehensive plan for services, as otherwise required by this article.

3. direct and administer the development of a local comprehensive plan for all services for mentally disabled residents of the area, which shall be submitted to the department and used in part to formulate a statewide comprehensive plan for services.

4. seek to assure that under the goals and plans required pursuant to this subdivision, all population groups are adequately covered, sufficient services are available for all the mentally disabled within its purview, that there is coordination and cooperation among local providers of services, that the local program is integrated and coordinated with the provision of community support services, that the local program is also integrated and coordinated with the programs of the department, and that there is continuity of care among all providers of services.

5. submit annually to the department for its approval and subsequent state aid, a report of long range goals and specific intermediate range plans as modified since the preceding report, along with a local services plan for the next local fiscal year.

6. have the power, with the approval of local government, to enter into contracts for the provision of services, including the provision of community support services, and the construction of facilities.

7. establish procedures for execution of the local services plan as approved by the local government and the commissioner, including regulations to guide the provision of services by all organizations and individuals within its program.

8. make policy for and exercise general supervisory authority over or administer local services and facilities provided or supervised by it whether directly or through agreements, including responsibility for the proper performance of the services provided by other facilities of local government and by voluntary and private facilities which have been incorporated into its comprehensive program.

9. further programs for special education and training, including career incentive and manpower and development.

10. have the power to conduct or contract for such research as may be useful for the discharge of its administrative duties and for the promotion of scientific knowledge of the mental disabilities.

11. serve as a center for the promotion of community and public understanding of mental disabilities and of the services necessary for their care and treatment.

12. seek the cooperation and cooperate with other aging, public health and social services agencies, public and private, in advancing the program of local services.

13. have the powers necessary and proper for the effective performance of its functions and duties.

14. require the development of a written treatment plan as provided in rules and regulations of the commissioner which shall include, but not be limited to, a statement of treatment goals;  appropriate programs, treatment or therapies to be undertaken to meet such goals;  and a specific timetable for assessment of client progress as well as for periodic mental and physical reexaminations.  In causing such a plan to be prepared or when such a plan is to be revised, the client or an authorized representative, to include the parent or parents if the client is a minor, shall be interviewed and provided an opportunity to actively participate in such preparation or revision.

15. [Expires and deemed repealed June 30, 2022, pursuant to L. 1999, c. 408, § 18.] administer, supervise or operate any assisted outpatient treatment program of a local governmental unit pursuant to section 9.60 of this chapter and provide that all necessary services are planned for and made available for individuals committed under the program.

16. [Expires and deemed repealed June 30, 2022, pursuant to L.1999, c. 408, § 18.] identify and plan for the provision of care coordination, emergency services, and other needed services for persons who are identified as high-need patients, as such term is defined by the commissioner of mental health.

(b) The powers of the local governmental unit listed in subdivision (a) of this section shall be exercised pursuant to regulations of the commissioner.

(c) The director shall submit an annual report on programs and services to the board and other reports as requested.

(d) The local governmental unit shall have full powers necessary for administration and the execution of its duties to appoint and employ, with power of removal, full and part time officers, employees, and consultants, including employees of the department, in accordance with the standards, policies, and salary schedules provided by law or otherwise authorized.

(e) In the event that a local governmental unit shall refuse to enter into a contract with a voluntary agency applying for a contract for the rendition of services under this article, such agency shall have the right of appeal to the commissioner.  If, after review, the commissioner upholds the appeal, the department may enter into a contract directly with the appealing agency for such services as this article permits.

(f) Repealed.

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