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1 THE CHILDREN`S MENTAL HEALTH PLAN SHALL contain short-term and long-

2 term recommendations to provide CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY COMPETENT

3 comprehensive, coordinated mental health assessments, early intervention

4 and treatment services for children from birth until age 18. Such plan

5 shall include, but not be limited to:

6 (a) coordinated provider services and interagency referral networks

7 for children from birth through age 18 to maximize resources and mini-

8 mize duplication of services;

9 (b) guidelines for incorporating social and emotional development into

10 elementary and secondary school educational programs, developed in coop-

11 eration with the commissioner of education, pursuant to subdivision 35

12 of section 305 of the education law;

13 (c) recommendations regarding appropriations for children`s mental

14 health assessments, early intervention and treatment to state and local

15 agencies;

16 (d) recommendations for state and local methodologies for integrating

17 and coordinating federal, state and local funding sources for children`s

18 mental health care;

19 (e) recommendations for building a qualified and adequately trained

20 workforce prepared to recognize, diagnose and provide mental health

21 services for children from birth through age 18 and their families;

22 (f) recommendations for facilitating research on best practices and

23 model programs, and dissemination of such information to the state`s

24 policymakers, practitioners and general public through training, techni-

25 cal assistance and educational materials; and

26 (g) recommendations for creating a quality-driven children`s mental

27 health system with shared accountability among state agencies and

28 programs that conducts ongoing needs assessments, uses outcome indica-

29 tors and benchmarks to measure progress, and implements quality data

30 tracking reporting systems.

31 2. On or before {June} OCTOBER 1, 2007, the commissioner of mental

32 health shall submit a preliminary children`s mental health plan to the

33 governor and the legislature, and shall submit a final children`s mental

34 health plan on or before {June} OCTOBER 1, 2008. Thereafter, A CHIL-

35 DREN`S MENTAL HEALTH PLAN SHALL BE DEVELOPED AND SUBMITTED TO THE GOVER-

36 NOR AND THE LEGISLATURE BY THE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH CONSISTENT

37 WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION (B) OF SECTION 5.07 OF THE MENTAL

38 HYGIENE LAW, EITHER AS A DISCRETE PART OF THE STATEWIDE COMPREHENSIVE

39 FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR THE PROVISION OF STATE AND LOCAL SERVICES FOR PERSONS

40 WITH MENTAL ILLNESS REQUIRED UNDER THAT SECTION, OR AS A SEPARATE DOCU-

41 MENT, AT THE DISCRETION OF SUCH COMMISSIONER. CONSISTENT WITH SUCH

42 REQUIREMENTS, COMMENCING ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 15, 2009 AND annually

43 THEREAFTER on or before {June 1} FEBRUARY 15, the commissioner of mental

44 health shall submit {a} TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE AN INTERIM

45 report on the progress of the children`s mental health plan and recom-

46 mendations for revisions thereof.

47 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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