Bill Text: NY A04268 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to mandating training of direct care workers in adverse childhood experiences.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 22-3)

Status: (Passed) 2019-10-23 - signed chap.391 [A04268 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04268-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 1, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  HEVESI, L. ROSENTHAL, JEAN-PIERRE, ABINANTI,
          LA, FAHY, MORINELLO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK,  WALSH  --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Children and Families
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to mandating train-
          ing of direct care workers in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
     2  20-d to read as follows:
     3    §  20-d.  Training of direct care workers in adverse childhood experi-
     4  ences. 1. As used in this section:
     5    (a) "Direct-care employees" means the employees of  domestic  violence
     6  shelters,  safe  dwellings, and domestic violence programs identified by
     7  the certifying organization to receive training,  which  shall  include,
     8  but  not be limited to, the directors and coordinators of such shelters,
     9  dwellings, and programs, and any individual or  employee  performing  or
    10  required to perform similar responsibilities.
    11    (b)  "Certifying organization" means an organization designated by the
    12  federal department of health and human services to coordinate  statewide
    13  improvements  within  local  communities,  social  services systems, and
    14  programming  regarding  the  prevention  and  intervention  of  domestic
    15  violence in New York state.
    16    (c) "Adverse childhood experiences" or "ACEs" means stressful or trau-
    17  matic  experiences  experienced  during  childhood,  which  are strongly
    18  related to the development and prevalence of  a  wide  range  of  health
    19  problems  throughout  a person's lifetime, including, but not limited to
    20  physical or sexual abuse; domestic violence;  parental  mental  illness;
    21  substance abuse; and incarceration.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    2. The office of temporary and disability assistance and the office of
     2  children and family services shall, within amounts appropriated for such
     3  purpose,  contract exclusively with an entity, or with entities in part-
     4  nership, to develop a training  program  for  direct-care  employees  to
     5  identify individuals who have experienced ACEs, develop effective strat-
     6  egies  for  assisting  and interacting with such individuals, and locate
     7  programs and services  to  which  such  individuals  with  ACEs  may  be
     8  referred  to  help  build the individual's resilience.   Such entity, or
     9  entities in partnership, shall be experienced  in  providing  trauma-in-
    10  formed,  victim-centered training on domestic violence, child abuse, and
    11  ACEs.  Such entity, or entities in partnership, shall be responsible for
    12  providing such training to direct-care employees.
    13    3. All direct-care employees shall be required to participate in  such
    14  training  program.    Such training shall be provided at no cost to such
    15  employees.
    16    4. The office of temporary and disability assistance and the office of
    17  children and family services shall, within amounts appropriated for such
    18  purpose, contract with a certifying organization to  provide  a  certif-
    19  ication  of  completion  to  each direct-care employee who satisfies the
    20  requirements of such training program.
    21    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    22  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    23  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    24  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    25  completed by the commissioner of  the  office  of  children  and  family
    26  services on or before such date.