Recently Governor Cuomo made his proposal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in New York State. Amongst his recommendations is the merger of governmental entities to streamline government operations. In the Article VII proposal is a rewriting of New York State Public Health Law Article 30 that governs EMS in New York.
I spent the weekend reading it (it’s dry drool fodder) but some of the most notable changes I came across are:
- State EMS funds for training remains intact
- “Mutual Aid” is defined (it previously was not) as “means the pre-planned and organized response of emergency medical services, and other emergency personnel and equipment, to a request for assistance in an emergency when local resources have been expended. The response is predicated on formal agreements among participating agencies or jurisdictions.”
- The State Emergency Services Council (SEMSCO) is downsized and changed to an Advisory Board whose recommendations the Commissioner can accept, modify, or reject
- The 18 Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils (REMSCOs) are dissolved and reformed into 6 Regional Advisory Boards
- Only members of the Fire Department of New York City may participate in the 5-year CME recertification program
So what do you think of some of the changes? Good, bad, or indifferent?
Download the 2012 NYS Entities Merger – Article VII and give it a read for yourself. It is a 130 page document but the EMS portion begins on page 80