ASSEMBLY, No. 1119

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2008 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman L. HARVEY SMITH

District 31 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes regional substance abuse treatment facilities; appropriates $100 million.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning the establishment of regional substance abuse treatment facilities, supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes and making an appropriation therefor.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  The Commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall develop regional long-term care facilities and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs to meet the post-acute needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

 

     2.  a.  The Commissioner of Human Services shall, for the purpose of establishing and funding regional substance abuse treatment facilities, solicit proposals from nonprofit agencies and organizations in the State, including State-licensed health care facilities, with experience in the provision of long-term care or outpatient substance abuse treatment services to meet the post-acute health, social and educational needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, as provided in section 3 of this act.

     b.  Within the limits of funding available for this purpose, the commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall select and provide start-up funding for at least three long-term care facilities and three outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, with at least two each in the northern, central and southern areas of the State, respectively, that best meet the purposes of this act.

     c.  The commissioner, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury, shall develop a detailed spending plan to provide for ongoing State financial support of the additional substance abuse treatment slots created pursuant to this act.  The commissioner shall seek to maximize federal funding for this purpose.

 

     3. a.  The commissioner shall require that nonprofit agencies or organizations that submit proposals to provide long-term care treatment pursuant to this act, at a minimum, provide the following services onsite: mental health services; substance abuse treatment and counseling; nursing services; occupational, vocational and physical therapy services; pharmacy services; physician services; podiatry services; clinical laboratory and diagnostic x-ray services; dental services; social work services; speech/language pathology services; activities that include literacy classes; dietary services; and housekeeping services.  The commissioner may specify such other services as he deems appropriate to best meet the needs of the population that will be served by the long-term care facility.

     b.  The commissioner shall specify the services that shall be provided by outpatient treatment programs, to best meet the needs of the population that will be served by the program.

 

     4.  There is appropriated $100 million from the General Fund to the  Department of Human Services for the purposes of this act.  Of this amount, $10 million shall be allocated for the purpose of providing start-up funds to agencies and organizations to establish regional treatment facilities, and $90 million shall be allocated to fund the additional substance abuse treatment slots for persons living with HIV/AIDS created pursuant to this act.

 

     5.  The Commissioner of Human Services shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.

 

     6.  This act shall take effect on the 60th day after enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides for the establishment of regional long-term care facilities and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs to meet the post-acute needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

     The bill directs the Commissioner of Human Services to solicit proposals from nonprofit agencies and organizations in the State, including State-licensed health care facilities, with experience in the provision of long-term care or outpatient substance abuse treatment services to meet the post-acute needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

     The bill provides that the commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall select and provide start-up funding for at least three long-term care facilities and three outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, with at least two each in the northern, central and southern areas of the State, respectively, that best meet the purposes of this bill.  The bill provides an appropriation of $10 million for this purpose.

     The bill also provides that the commissioner, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting, shall develop a detailed spending plan to provide for ongoing State financial support of the additional substance abuse treatment slots created pursuant to this bill. The bill provides an appropriation of $90 million for the purpose of funding the additional treatment slots.

     Nonprofit agencies or organizations that submit proposals to provide long-term care treatment will be required, at a minimum, to provide the following services onsite: mental health services; substance abuse treatment and counseling; nursing services; occupational, vocational and physical therapy services; pharmacy services; physician services; podiatry services; clinical laboratory and diagnostic x-ray services; dental services; social work services; speech/language pathology services; activities that include literacy classes; dietary services; and housekeeping services. The bill also directs the commissioner to specify the services that must be provided by outpatient treatment programs, in order to best meet the needs of the population that will be served by those programs.

     The long-term care substance abuse treatment program established in this bill is modeled after the successful program of the Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark, which was established in 1995 as a specialized long-term care facility. Broadway House is currently the State's only specialized care facility designed to meet the post-acute needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.  Broadway House provides care and intensive management in the following disciplines: nursing, social services, recreational programs and spiritual activities.  It is the intent of the sponsor that the program established at Broadway House be extended to other areas of the State so that our State residents with HIV/AIDS will be able to access needed substance abuse treatment and long-term care services throughout the State.