To address burdens on limited hospital resources and a tremendous backlog, GNYHA is working with stakeholders to streamline and increase the efficiency of mental hygiene legal cases. In New York State, certain mental health patients are afforded a legal hearing in response to hospital actions related to giving medication over objection, retention, and treatment while living in the community. Significant hospital staff resources are necessary to make patients available for these hearings. Also, inefficiencies in the court system and outdated practices have created a lengthy backlog of cases waiting to be heard.” GNYHA has convened stakeholders from the Office of Mental Health, Office of Court Administration, Mental Health Legal Services, and hospital representatives to explore ways to pilot using video technology for certain types of hearings with consenting patients, extend court hours to reduce adjournments, add an extra day to the court’s calendar, and expedite the process of certain uncontested orders.
GNYHA Works to Streamline Mental Hygiene Court Cases
April 2, 2018
Virtual Mental Hygiene Proceedings to Continue
I am pleased to inform you that the New York State Unified Court System (UCS) will continue to conduct Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) proceedings virtually as requested by GNYHA. UCS will consider in-person proceedings if requested, particularly if requested by the patient. I want to thank Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, with whom I spoke personally,...
July 22, 2021
Reminder: 2:00 p.m. Deadline on June 1 to Complete DOH HERDS Survey on Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kits
As we reported in April, New York State has amended Public Health Law Section 2805-I, which requires that sexual offense evidence be maintained for 20 years from collection. The amended law directs that after April 1, 2021, hospitals transfer such evidence to a storage facility identified in a joint plan developed by several State agencies,...
May 27, 2021
State Delays Deadline for Establishment of State Central Storage Facility for Sexual Offense Evidence
The New York State budget for fiscal year 2022 includes a provision amending Public Health Law Section 2805-I, which requires that sexual offense evidence be maintained for 20 years from collection and directs that after April 1, 2021, hospitals transfer such evidence to a storage facility identified in a joint plan developed by several State...
April 20, 2021