senate Bill S1324
(D) 18th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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.
TITLE OF BILL:
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.
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:
2009/2010: S.1650A/A.2417 - Advanced to Third Reading/Passed Assembly
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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