2002 The coalition that eventually became MHASC held its first meeting.
Disability Advocates, the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, Prisoners’ Legal Services, and Davis Polk & Wardwell filed Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI) v. New York State Office of Mental Health, et al., a lawsuit alleging that prisoners with mental illness throughout New York did not receive adequate mental health treatment, resulting in many prisoners with mental illness being punished with lengthy sentences of solitary confinement.
2003 Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry sponsored Assembly Bill A8849A, legislation to end New York’s inhumane practice of placing people with serious mental illness in long-term solitary confinement.
2004 New York State Assembly passed A8849A.
2005 Assemblyman Aubry reintroduced the bill (A03926 (2)) and Senator Michael Nozzolio introduced an identical bill (S2207C) in the NYS Senate. The Assembly passed A3926A, but the bill died in the Senate.
2006 Assembly and Senate passed A3926A/S2207C, but Governor Pataki vetoed the bill.
2007 Assemblyman Aubry and Senator Nozzolio reintroduced the bill (A4870/S333).
- A settlement agreement was reached in the DAI litigation.
- Assembly and Senate passed A4870/S333.
- Negotiations between legislature and Governor resulted in an agreement to amend A4870/S333.
2008 Assembly and Senate passed S6422/A9342, and Governor Spitzer signed the bill into law.
- SHU Exclusion Law authorized NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities to begin monitoring and making recommendations regarding the quality of prison mental health care.
2009 Governor Paterson proposed amendments to the SHU Exclusion Law that would delay, reduce, or eliminate specific requirements. The legislature held a hearing on the issue and rejected the changes.
2011 The Office of Mental Health and Department of Corrections and Community Supervision put forward amendments to weaken SHU Exclusion Law. The proposed changes were rejected by legislature.
- The SHU Exclusion Law went into effect on July 1.
- MHASC testified before the Hearing of the Assembly’s Corrections and Mental Health Committees Mental Health Services in NY Prisons. Correctional Association Testimoney 2011
2012 The MHASC Family Committee gave their first presentation to OMH staff at Central New York Psychiatric Center.
2013 The MHASC Family Committee gave their second presentation to OMH staff from the Green Haven hub at the Fishkill Quality of Work and Life building.
For more links to MHASC’s historical documents, please visit https://boottheshu.wordpress.com/history/historical-documents/