senate Bill S3289

Requires SUNY or CUNY students enrolled in undergraduate psychology program to complete 12 hours volunteer service

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 13 / Mar / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5245A
Versions:
S3289
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S3289

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring students
enrolled in the undergraduate psychology program within the SUNY and
CUNY systems to complete 12 hours of documented volunteer service with
certain places or programs


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To expand the number of available volunteers at suicide prevention
hotlines and/or centers; domestic abuse hotlines and/or centers;
eating disorder hotlines and/or centers; expressive therapy counseling
center; or any call centers or counseling centers with programs that
specifically pertain to issues such as abuse, depression, anxiety,
stress, and self-esteem and weight disorders.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
* The education law is amended by adding new section 355-d. This
section requires all psychology undergraduate students attending a
SUNY school must complete twelve hours of volunteer service at a
counseling center which meets the approval of their assigned
psychology faculty member. The section also requires that the
designated faculty member track and document a student's completed
hours of volunteer service, and ensure that the student meets program
standards.

* The bill also amends the education law by adding a new section 6235,
which requires CUNY psychology undergraduate students to fulfill the
same requirements that have been stated for SUNY psychology
undergraduates.

JUSTIFICATION :
New York State has an obligation to promote volunteerism and all the
benefits it can do for an individual's community and for their
prospective occupational aspirations. Hotlines are a vital resource in
helping New York State residents in time of need. These hotlines
offer assistance to people that are dealing with depression, anxiety,
domestic violence, weight disorders, and a multitude of other
problems. In some instances just knowing that there is someone to talk
to and maybe even relate to, can be therapeutic and help an
individual. Having young adults talk to other young adults about the
common problems they are facing can be regarding for both parties.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None. Current staff and academic advisors will be used to implement
the program

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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