senate Bill S1850A
(D, WF) 0 Senate District
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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.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital domestic
violence policies and procedures
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.
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.
03/16/09 REFERRED TO HEALTH
01/06/10 REFERRED TO HEALTH
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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