senate Bill S1324

Authorizes the assignment of social services recipients and applicants to accessible local offices

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  • 06 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

Summary

Permits an applicant for public assistance or care to select the local social services office most accessible to such person's residence if such office is in the local social services district in which such person resides and such office has the capacity to accept such person; requires written notification of this provision be given to an applicant by the social services official.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1324
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add §134-c, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1650A
2007-2008: S494A

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BILL NUMBER:S1324

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the social services law, in relation to assignment of
social services recipients to local offices

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to improve an individual's accessibility
to a local social services office.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The social services law is amended by adding a new section 134-c. This
bill would provide that an individual applying for or receiving
public assistance or care may choose the local social services office
most geographically accessible to that person's residence, provided
that the office in question has the capacity to handle the case. An
applicant or recipient would receive written notice of this provision.

JUSTIFICATION:

Many social services applicants and recipients have to travel to
offices which are far from their place of residence. This bill would
require the assignment of these people to the local office which is
the most accessible to their residence. By requiring this, social
services applicants and recipients will not have to travel to a
randomly assigned social services office and incur unnecessary
expenses. In addition, the social services office will be accessible
to the community it serves and more aware of the needs of its clients.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

1991/1992: A.5272
1995/1996: A.2300
1997/1998: A.1631
1999/2000: A.2496
2001/2002: A.1345
2003/2004: A.2183
2004/2005: A.3368
2005/2006: A.3688A
2007/2008: A.950-A
2007/2008: S.494A
2009/2010: S.1650A/A.2417 - Advanced to Third Reading/Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately provided, however, that the
commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Services shall
promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement
the provisions of this act on or before January 1, 2013.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1324

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. DILAN, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation  to  assignment  of
  social services recipients to local offices

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
134-c to read as follows:
  S  134-C. ASSIGNMENT TO LOCAL OFFICES. FOR THE PURPOSES OF ASSIGNING A
PERSON APPLYING FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR CARE ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST,
TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN TO A LOCAL  SOCIAL  SERVICES  OFFICE,  THE  SOCIAL
SERVICES  OFFICIAL  SHALL  ALLOW  SUCH PERSON TO CHOOSE THE LOCAL SOCIAL
SERVICES OFFICE MOST ACCESSIBLE TO SUCH  PERSON'S  PLACE  OF  RESIDENCE,
PROVIDED  THAT  SUCH  LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE
LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT IN WHICH SUCH  PERSON  RESIDES,  PROVIDED
THAT  THE  CAPACITY  OF  SUCH OFFICE PERMITS THE ASSIGNMENT.  THE SOCIAL
SERVICES OFFICIAL SHALL INFORM,  IN  WRITING,  AN  APPLICANT  OF  PUBLIC
ASSISTANCE OR CARE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately provided, however, that
the commissioner of the office of temporary  and  disability  assistance
shall  promulgate  such rules and regulations as are necessary to imple-
ment the provisions of this act on or before January 1, 2013.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02922-01-1

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