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 Also, inefficiencies in the court system and outdated practices have created a lengthy backlog of cases waiting to be heard.”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
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
2020 Year-End Legal and Regulatory Bulletin
It has been a privilege to support you during this very trying year. We are writing with our annual recap of legal and compliance resources and programming highlights, including links to materials and recordings. This bulletin covers only those 2020 developments that occurred after we published our non-COVID-19 mid-year update. We welcome your comments and...
January 4, 2021
Commonly Asked Medical-Legal Questions – Volume 1
GNYHA is releasing the first volume of a new resource titled Commonly Asked Medical-Legal Questions. We prepared this document at the request of members using their input. It is intended to assist administrators on duty and other staff by addressing questions that repeatedly arise in the hospital setting, often during off-hours. Members are encouraged to...
December 2, 2020