New York State Hospital Commission

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The New York State Hospital Commission is a subdivision of the New York State Department of Health. It was called the State Commission in Lunacy from 1895 to 1912.

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In 1894 New York State adopted the New York State Constitution, which took effect on January 1, 1895. It created a State Commission in Lunacy as a constitutional body, vested with "exclusive jurisdiction over all institutions for the care and treatment of the insane, epileptics and idiots". By the provisions of chapter 121 of the Laws of 1912, the State Commission in Lunacy was designated the State Hospital Commission. The Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor of New York for terms of six years, with the exception of New York State Medical Commissioner, who serves during good behavior. No private institution for the insane can lawfully exist without a license from the Commission. By chapter 32 of the Laws of 1909, the Commission is given supervision over the expenditures of all State hospitals for the insane; no disbursements for any purpose can be made by these institutions except upon quarterly estimates, which must be submitted to the Commission for revision and approval. All vouchers for the maintenance and building improvements account of the State hospitals are paid through the office of the Commission. There is also a Bureau of Deportation which acts under the direction of the Commission in securing the return to other countries and states of alien and nonresident insane persons who have not obtained a legal residence in New[1]

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  1. ^ New York State Hospital Commission. 1916. By the adoption in 1894 of the new Constitution, which took effect on January 1, 1895, the State Commission in Lunacy became a constitutional body, vested with exclusive jurisdiction over all institutions for the care and treatment of the insane, epileptics and idiots expressly excepted. The Legislature. is empowered to confer additional powers and duties upon the Commission, but all laws existing at the date of the adoption of the Constitution, so far as they do not conflict with its provisions, are preserved. By the provisions of chapter 121 of the Laws of 1912, the State Commission in Lunacy is designated the State Hospital Commission. The Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor (by and with the consent of the Senate) for terms of six years, with the exception of Medical Commissioner, who serves during good behavior. No private institution for the insane can lawfully exist without a license from the Commission. By chapter 32 of the Laws of 1909, the Commission is given supervision over the expenditures of all State hospitals for the insane; no disbursements for any purpose can be made by these institutions except upon quarterly estimates, which must be submitted to the Commission for revision and approval. All vouchers for the maintenance and building improvements account of the State hospitals are paid through the office of the Commission. There is also a Bureau of Deportation which acts under the direction of the Commission in securing the return to other countries and states of alien and nonresident insane persons who have not obtained a legal residence in New York ...