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 Also, inefficiencies in the court system and outdated practices have created a lengthy backlog of cases waiting to be heard.”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
Nursing Home Legal and Regulatory Update
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul is continuing to finalize new laws that have been passed by the Legislature and recently signed a new law as Chapter 441 requiring the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and nursing facilities to connect the public to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star-rating information....
October 13, 2021
New York State Opioid Litigation and Settlement Fund Update
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Nassau County, Suffolk County, and numerous political subdivisions (counties, towns, etc.) are involved in litigation against several opioid manufacturers and distributors in state, Federal, and bankruptcy court. The OAG has announced three settlements, which—so far—total approximately $1.5 billion. Most of the money will be paid...
October 7, 2021
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