senate Bill S1850A

Requires general hospitals to establish policies/procedures regarding domestic violence; to establish training programs; to designate staff to coordinate services

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 13 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1850A
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures regarding domestic violence; establishes ongoing training programs on domestic violence for all current and new hospital employees; designates a hospital staff member to coordinate services to victims; provides for the interaction of hospitals with community domestic violence service providers in order to coordinate services to victims of domestic violence; requires hospitals to offer to contact a local advocate when admitting or treating a confirmed or suspected victim of domestic violence.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7585A
Versions:
S1850
S1850A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2805-u, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S3311

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1850A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital domestic
violence policies and procedures

PURPOSE:
This bill requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures
regarding domestic violence

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds a new section 2805-u to the Public Health Law to 1)
require hospitals to establish policies and procedures regarding
domestic violence; 2) establish ongoing training programs on domestic
violence for all current and new employees; 3) designate a staff
member to coordinate services to victims; and 4) contact community
domestic violence service providers to Coordinate services to
victims. In addition, hospitals are required to offer to contact a
local advocate when admitting or treating confirmed or suspected
domestic violence cases.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Senate Democratic Task Force on Women's Issues held public
hearings across the State on the health implications of domestic
violence. Many witnesses at these hearings, including survivors,
advocates and health care professionals, testified regarding the need
for hospitals to establish and implement policies and procedures for
the identification, treatment and referral of victims of domestic
violence. By requiring hospitals to implement formal procedures and
training programs, including coordination with community service
providers, this legislation will help improve the health care
system's response to the battered women it serves.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
03/16/09 REFERRED TO HEALTH
01/06/10 REFERRED TO HEALTH

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect January 1, 2013. Effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
necessary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this
act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

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

                                 1850--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  OPPENHEIMER, DIAZ, KRUEGER, SAMPSON -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital domestic
  violence policies and procedures

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

  Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new section
2805-u to read as follows:
  S 2805-U. HOSPITAL DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES.   1.
EVERY  GENERAL  HOSPITAL  SHALL:  (A)  DEVELOP, MAINTAIN AND DISSEMINATE
WRITTEN POLICIES AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  THE  IDENTIFICATION,  ASSESSMENT,
TREATMENT  AND  REFERRAL  OF  CONFIRMED  OR  SUSPECTED CASES OF DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE; (B) ESTABLISH, AND IMPLEMENT ON AN ONGOING BASIS,  A  TRAINING
PROGRAM  FOR  ALL  CURRENT  AND NEW EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION; (C) DESIGNATE  A  STAFF
MEMBER  TO  COORDINATE SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; AND (D)
CONTACT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR VICTIM ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION  PROVID-
ING  VICTIM ASSISTANCE TO THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA SERVED BY SUCH HOSPITAL TO
ESTABLISH THE COORDINATION OF SERVICES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS.
  2. UPON ADMITTANCE OR COMMENCEMENT OF  TREATMENT  OF  A  CONFIRMED  OR
SUSPECTED  DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  VICTIM,  SUCH  HOSPITAL  SHALL ADVISE THE
VICTIM OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICES  OF  A  BATTERED  WOMEN'S  OR
VICTIM  ASSISTANCE  ORGANIZATION.  IF  AFTER  RECEIVING  SUCH ADVICE THE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM WISHES THE PRESENCE OF A DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  OR
VICTIM  ASSISTANCE ADVOCATE, SUCH HOSPITAL SHALL CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE
ORGANIZATION AND REQUEST THAT ONE BE PROVIDED.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY
BE NECESSARY AND PROPER TO CARRY OUT EFFECTIVELY THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06215-03-2

S. 1850--A                          2

SECTION.   PRIOR TO PROMULGATING SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE COMMIS-
SIONER SHALL CONSULT WITH THE OFFICE  FOR  THE  PREVENTION  OF  DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE AND OTHER SUCH PERSONS AS THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.  Effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
necessary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this act on
its effective date is authorized and directed to be made  and  completed
on or before such effective date.

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