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  • LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES: ADVOCACY ADDICTION & RECOVERY

    Introduction to Recovery Advocacy

    Richard Buckman, Stephanie Campbell www.LIRAny.org

    www.for-ny.org

  • Advocacy Is… • Speaking Out, Writing About, Acting Up in

    support of a cause • Social Justice Activism

    • Humanizing the cause (educating the public) • News conferences, editorial board visits, op-

    eds, letters to the editor • Community Listening Forums

    • Organizing the cause (building consensus) • Legislative meetings, letter writing, phone

    calls • Call in Days to legislators

    • Mobilizing the cause (Grassroots support) • Rallies, vigils, walks

  • Lobbying is…

    • Internal – engage legislators, staffers • Provide Information to them/committees • Testifying at Hearings

    • External – Media Campaigns • Press conferences • Editorial board visits • Coalition building • Campaigns – letter/phone banking

  • A Legacy of Advocacy • 2000: S/A 9528 “Family Treatment Bill”

    • 2004-2005 : Sober Homes Campaign on Long Island

    • 2007: Timothy’s Law

    • 2008 : MHPAEA Wellstone/Domenici Act– PARITY LAW

    • 2009: Affordable Care Act (with parity law) added addiction treatment coverage for 60+ million

    • 2010: Addiction included as part of 10 Essential Health Benefits in the NYS Health Exchange

    • 2011: Medicaid Behavioral Health Care Redesign

    • 2013-2014: NYS Insurance Reform – 11 BILLS PASSED

    • 2015-2016 CARA/21st Century CURES Act

    • 2016: Comprehensive Legislative Package – Governor’s Program Bills #31,32,33 contained 14 legislative initiatives that were enacted and $37 Million was added to the OASAS budget

  • OASAS: An unsung hero Agreed to fund FOR-NY @ $492,000 x 5 years ($2.5 Million invested in recovery!)

    Received additional funding: Governors budget increased OASAS Budget by $37 million

    • Funding to 6 new Recovery Community Outreach Centers and 10 Youth Clubhouses • Last Year’s Advocacy produced $350,000 x 5 years x 6 centers = $10.5 million • Long Island:

    Family & Children’s Association, Mineola, N.Y. $1.75 million

    New York City: Community Health Action of Staten Island, Staten Island, N.Y. $1.75 million

    Hudson Valley: Independent Living Inc., Newburgh, N.Y. $1.75 million

    Capital Region: Prevention Council (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County Inc.), Saratoga Springs, N.Y. $1.75 million

    Central NY: PIVOT (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, Inc.), Watertown, N.Y. $1.75 million

    Western NY: Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Buffalo, N.Y. $1.75 million and an additional $10.5 for this year

    http://www.familyandchildrens.org/ http://chasiny.org/ http://www.myindependentliving.org/EN-Services/RecoveryCenterServices-ReachOne http://preventioncouncil.org/ http://pivot2health.com/ http://lake-shore.org/

  • This Year: $1.6 Youth Clubhouses Youth Clubhouse grant winners:

    • · New York City - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center - $250,000

    • · Mohawk Valley/North Country - HFM Prevention Council (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties) - $250,000

    · Central New York - Friends of Recovery Delaware and Otsego (FOR-DO) - $121,600

    · Long Island - HELP Services, Inc. - $242,900

    · Mid-Hudson -YMCA of Yonkers - $250,000

    · Finger Lakes - Partnership Ontario County - $250,000

    · Western New York - Restoration Society, Inc. - $250,000

  • YOUR VOICES

    Created New Opportunities • $10 million “Rapid Capital” for beds and OTPs.

    • RFI coming. • RFI will also procure:

    • More Family Support Navigators – 2 in every ESD region. • More On-call peers – 2 in every ESD region. • More Clubhouses – 1 in every ESD region; NYC to have 2. • More Recovery Centers – 1 in every ESD region and 1 in each NYC borough. • Coalitions – 1 in every ESD region.

    • As our collective voices for recovery have grown so has the OASAS commitment to our cause.

  • FEDERAL OVERVIEW

    • US Congress has 2 chambers; the Senate and the House of Representatives

    • Each chamber has own leadership, committee structure, and set of rules

    • Senators serve 6 year terms, elections staggered

    • House Reps serve 2 year terms

    • Mid term elections: Congressional control

    • The U S Congress is responsible for passing federal legislation and appropriating funds.

  • Process of Federal Law Making

  • Federal Government-New York

    • US Senate: 50 Senators 2 from each state

    • Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand

    • US House of Representative 435 members. Each state guaranteed one representative and then based on population additional seats, which are adjusted after census. NY has 27 seats same as Fl. (Ca,Tx have more)

    • LI has 4 full LI area reps and one partial area rep

    • Lee Zeldin, Tom Suozzi, Peter King, Kathleen Rice, Gregory Meeks (Western Nassau, Elmont, Valley Stream)

  • OVERVIEW OF STATE LAWMAKING

    • State legislatures are charged with the day-to-day governing of the country. State legislatures pass about 80 state bills for every 1 Federal bill Congress enacts.

    • State legislatures are responsible for raising enormous amounts of money through state tax revenue and finding solutions to manage complex public problems.

    • 49 States have Bicameral (2 house chambers); usually a Senate/Assembly (Nebraska)

    • In New York State more than 14,000 bills are introduced each year with about 2000 or

  • State Overview • State lawmakers legislate the “day-to-day”

    operations.

    • State Legislators pass 80 state bills for every one federal bill enacted by Congress

    • State Legislators are responsible for raising money through state taxes and finding solutions to manage public complex problems

    • NYS has a bicameral (2-house chamber) that consists of the Senate and Assembly

    • More than 14,000 bills are introduced each year in NYS • 2000 of those bills (15%) are acted on • Less than 6% become law

  • New York State Legislature

    • Senate-John Flanagan-Long Island

    • 63 members (62 counties) 32-D- 31-R (Felder)

    • Independent Democratic Conference-Jeff Klein-Bronx

    8 members

    • Assembly –Carl Heastie-Bronx 150 Members 106-43-1

  • Important Committees • Senate Alcohol and Drug Abuse Chair – George Amedore (Kingston)

    • Senate Health Chair – Kemp Hannon (Garden City/Old Chatham)

    • Senate Insurance Chair – James Seward (Oneonta, Cortland, Herkimer)

    • Senate Education Chair – Carl Marcellino (Long Island)

    • Senate Housing Chair – Betty Little (Plattsburgh)

    • Assembly Alcohol & Drug Chair – Linda Rosenthal (NYC)

    • Assembly Insurance Chair – Kevin Cahill (Kingston)

    • Assembly Health Chair – Richard Gottfried (NYC)

    • Assembly Education Chair – Catherine Nolan (NYC)

    • Assembly Housing Chair – Steven Cymbrowitz (NYC)

  • NYS Senate Alcohol & Drug Committee 2017 • George Amedore – Chair

    • Kevin Parker (Brooklyn) - Ranking Member

    • John Bonacic (Middletown, Delhi)

    • David Carlucci (New City, Ossining)

    • Todd Kaminsky (Long Island)

    • Elaine Phillips (Long Island)

    • Patty Ritchie (Watertown, Oswego, Ogdensburg)

  • NYS Assembly Alcohol & Drug Committee 2017 • Linda Rosenthal – Chair

    • Carmen Arroyo – Bronx

    • Maritza Davila – Brooklyn

    • Michael DenDekker – East Elmhurst

    • David DiPietro – E. Aurora

    • Patricia Fahy - Albany

    • Pamela Harris - Brooklyn

    • Mark Johns – Fairport

    • Peter Lopez – Schoharie

    • John McDonald - Albany

    • Melissa Miller – Atlantic Beach

    • Crystal Peoples-Stokes - Buffalo

    • Dan Quart – New York

    • Al Stirpe – N. Syracuse

  • Bills: Start with an idea!

    • Legislation deals with birth and death, and everything in-between

    • Ideas for bills come from lawmakers, constituents, state officials, organizations, and every day citizens.

    • Once an idea has been settled on – it must be put into bill form.

    • Actual drafting of legislation requires special skills/training – usually by staff or attorneys

    • Our friends are frequently involved in crafting specific legislation

  • Bills: The Introduction Stage • Bills are introduced by Assembly/Senate members in

    their houses or committees, or by the Governor

    • Once the bill has been “introduced”, it is examined, corrected and given an number

    • Then it goes to the appropriate standing committee for review and is assigned a date and printed

    • FUN FACT: “First reading”, “second reading”, and “third reading” are holdovers from the days when each bill was read aloud in public sessions three times before final action could be taken

  • Bills: Committee Stage

    • Standing Committees, controlled by the majority party, review bills