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File #: Int 0929-2015    Version: Name: Requiring information on medical health services in shelters.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 9/30/2015
Enactment date: 7/22/2017 Law number: 2017/114
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring information on medical health services in shelters
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Margaret S. Chin, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Stephen T. Levin, Andrew Cohen, Ben Kallos, Carlos Menchaca, Ruben Wills
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Summary: The bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to provide to the City Council and to post on its website an annual report regarding medical health services provided to individuals and families in the shelter system. The report would include the number of shelters with on-site services, a description of the health services available at intake facilities and the availability of health services to the unsheltered population. The bill would also require DHS to include in the report the most common medical health issues among adults and children in the shelter system, and the number of individuals discharged from a hospital to a shelter and a nursing home to a shelter. Every three years, the bill would require DHS to release information on the most frequent causes of hospitalizations, excluding HIV or AIDS, for homeless adults based on information available through the New York State Department of Health Statewide Planning and Research Cooperate System (SPARCS).
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 929-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 929, 4. Int. No. 929, 5. September 30, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 11/17/16, 7. Hearing Testimony 11/17/16, 8. Hearing Transcript 11/17/16, 9. Proposed Int. No. 929-A - 6/20/17, 10. Committee Report 6/20/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 6/20/17, 12. June 21, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 13. Fiscal Impact Statement, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-21-17, 15. Int. No. 929-A (FINAL), 16. Letter to Mayor, 17. Local Law 114, 18. Minutes of the Recessed Stated Meeting of June 6, 2017 held on June 21, 2017, 19. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 21, 2017
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7/22/2017ACorey D. Johnson Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/21/2017ACorey D. Johnson City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/21/2017ACorey D. Johnson City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2017*Corey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2017*Corey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2017*Corey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2017ACorey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2016*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2016*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2016*Corey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2016*Corey D. Johnson Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Corey D. Johnson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Corey D. Johnson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 929-A

 

By Council Members Johnson, Chin, Eugene, Koo, Rose, Rodriguez, Levin, Cohen, Kallos, Menchaca and Wills

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring information on medical health services in shelters

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 3 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-317 to read as follows:

§ 21-317 Medical and mental health services in shelters. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Adult.  The term “adult” means any person who is 18 years of age or older.

Adult families. The term "adult families" means families comprised of adults and no children.

Children. The term “children” means one or more persons under 21 years of age.

Domestic violence shelter. The term “domestic violence shelter” means facilities operated by the department of social services or by a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department of social services to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Drop-in center. The term “drop-in center” means facilities operated by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department that provide single adults with hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals and/or housing placement services, but not overnight housing.

 

Families with children. The term “families with children" means families with adults and children, couples including at least one pregnant woman, single pregnant women, or parents or grandparents with a pregnant individual.

HASA facility. The term “HASA facility” means single room occupancy hotels or congregate facilities managed by a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department of social services to provide shelter for recipients of services from the HIV/AIDS services administration.

Homeless adult. The term “homeless adult” means an individual with an address listed in SPARCS that is a known shelter, or an individual who is listed as homeless or undomiciled.

Intake center. The term “intake center” means the facilities where individuals or families must apply for shelter with the department.

New to the shelter system. The term “new to the shelter system” means an individual who has never lived in a shelter or who has not lived in a shelter for the previous 12 months.

New York state department of health statewide planning and research cooperate system (SPARCS). The term “New York State department of health statewide planning and research cooperate system (SPARCS)” means the New York administrative hospital discharge database.

Safe Haven. The term “safe haven” means facilities operated by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department that provide low-threshold, harm-reduction housing to chronic street homeless individuals, who are referred to such facilities through a department outreach program, without the obligation of entering into other supportive and rehabilitative services in order to reduce barriers to temporary housing.

Shelter. The term “shelter” means temporary emergency housing provided to homeless single adults, adult families, and families with children by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department.

Single adults. The term "single adult" means individuals without an accompanying adult or child.

b. Not later than September 1, 2018, and no later than  September 1 annually thereafter, the department shall submit to the speaker of the council and post on its website a report regarding information on medical health services provided to homeless individuals for the preceding calendar year. The first such report shall be preliminary, and limited to the data reasonably available to the department for the preceding calendar year. Such reports shall include, but not be limited to, the following information and shall be disaggregated by whether such medical health services are provided to single adults, adult families or families with children:

1. The number of shelters, domestic violence shelters, and HASA facilities with on-site medical health services, as well as the total number of shelters, domestic violence shelters and HASA facilities;

2. A description of the medical health services in each intake center;

3. A description of the medical health services provided at drop-in centers and safe havens;

4. A description of the medical health services provided to the unsheltered homeless population, including but not limited to the number of clients served by a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department to provide medical health services to the unsheltered homeless population, and the number of clients transported to the hospital;

5. A list of the 10 most common medical health issues for adults living in shelters, as self-reported at intake/assessment, and the 10 most common medical health issues for children living in shelters, as self-reported at intake/assessment;

6. A list of the 10 most common medical health issues for adults living in shelters and the 10 most common medical health issues for children living in shelters, as reported by providers under contract or similar agreement with the department to provide medical services in shelter;

7. The number of individuals new to the shelter system discharged from a hospital to a shelter;

8. The number of individuals new to the shelter system discharged from a nursing home to a shelter;

9. Any metrics relevant to the provision of medical health services reported to the department by any entity providing such services; and

10. No later than September 1, 2020 and every three years thereafter, the most frequent causes of hospitalizations, excluding HIV or AIDS, for homeless adults based on information available through SPARCS.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

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