[Second Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 507

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

208th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 1998 SESSION



Sponsored by:

Assemblyman GERALD H. ZECKER

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Assemblyman KENNETH C. LEFEVRE

District 2 (Atlantic)

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Robertson, Allen, Bucco, Assemblyman Gusciora and Assemblywoman Watson Coleman







SYNOPSIS

Establishes chronic fatigue syndrome program in Department of Health and Senior Services; appropriates $95,000.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As reported by the Senate Health Committee on November 23, 1998, with amendments.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 2/19/1999)

An Act establishing a program of services for persons with chronic fatigue syndrome 1[and],1 supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes 1and making an appropriation1.

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall establish a Statewide network of resources to provide the following services to persons with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome: 2[information and referral services,]2 physician training and patient education programs2[, information on disability services,]2 1and1 a public awareness campaign1[, and clinical services that provide diagnosis and treatment of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome]1.

2. The Department of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc., the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, shall prepare and make available to all health care providers in the State, upon request, a manual which provides information about the clinical significance, diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. The manual may contain any other information which the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services deems necessary and may be revised by the department whenever new information about chronic fatigue syndrome becomes available. The department shall publicize and make available the manual to the maximum extent possible.

3. The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

14. There is appropriated $95,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Senior Services to effectuate the purposes of this act.1

1[4.] 5.1 This act shall take effect immediately.