senate Bill S398

Rename the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as the office of developmental disability assistance

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1037
Versions:
S398
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S398

TITLE OF BILL :
An act in relation to renaming the office of mental retardation and
developmental disabilities as the office of developmental disability
assistance


PURPOSE :
To change the name of the New York state Office of Mental Retardation
and Developmental Disabilities to the 'Office of Developmental
Disability Assistance'.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 renames the office of mental retardation and developmental
disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as established
by established by chapter 978 of the laws of 1977, to the office of
developmental disability assistance.

JUSTIFICATION :
The term mental retardation is used to describe a person with certain
limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating,
taking care of him or herself, and social skills. Mental Retardation
is a mental illness. Unfortunately, the term's presence has spawned
slang which some consider to be hateful speech.

The word 'retard' or 'retarded' has become mainstream in American
culture when describing someone or something funny, different,
disappointing, frustrating, difficult or stupid. Although most persons
do not intend to be insulting, it is offensive to the developmentally
disabled and to those close to such individuals. Although the
terminology (i.e., 'retardation', 'retarded' ,'retard') is clinically
correct, its negative connotation has become commonplace and imbedded
in society. Many agencies throughout the Unites States have taken
steps in ridding the word from titles, references and group names in
an effort to accentuate hope and positivity.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007/2008 - S.7044 Remained in the Senate Committee on Mental Health
and Developmental Disabilities/A.10019 Remained in the Assembly
Committee on Mental Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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