senate Bill S3627A

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on developmental disabilities

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  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 18 / Apr / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 18 / Apr / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 3627A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Summary

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3627
S3627A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §13.09, Ment Hyg L; amd §§156 & 837-a, Exec L; amd §3011, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S5528A

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BILL NUMBER:S3627A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public health
law, in relation to requiring police officers, firefighters, emergency
medical technicians and certified first responders to complete training
in the appropriate recognition and response methods to persons with
intellectual
and developmental disabilities

PURPOSE:
The proposed legislation will require police officers, fire fighters,
emergency medical technician and certified first responders to
complete training in the appropriate recognition and response methods
to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding a new
subdivision (h) stating that the commissioner shall develop and
implement a curriculum and course of study on the risks associated
with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the appropriate
recognition and response methods relating to intellectual and
developmental disabilities.

Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended by
chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to state that such
training shall require every firefighter, once every thirty months,
to complete the course of study as established by the commissioner of
intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Section 837-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 10 that states that the course of study established by
the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities will
be maintained and implemented pursuant to subdivision (h) of section
13.09 of the mental hygiene law, which shall be completed once every
thirty months by every police officer.

Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 12 to state that the commissioner can require every
certified responder, emergency medical technician and advanced
emergency medical technician to complete a course of study, once
every thirty months, as established by the commissioner of
intellectual and developmental disabilities pursuant to subdivision
(h) of section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law.

Section 5 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Each year there are an increasing number of incidences of people
diagnosed with mental health, intellectual and developmental
disabilities. with the growing number of cases firefighters, first
responders, police officers and emergency technicians need to be
properly trained, ready and able to serve all people.


People with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities
sometimes require different treatment than those who do not suffer
from these conditions. Without proper training to identify there is a
condition and the skill necessary to handle the situation properly,
there is the possibility that both the victim and the person
providing the service may be injured or worse. To increase the safety
of all individuals involved, training should be provided to reduce
the chance of additional unnecessary problems or injuries caused by
inexperience. Giving service providers/first responders the tools to
assess and properly/safely handle themselves during all types of
emergency scenarios, can only improves their effectiveness and
increase their ability to keep all of our citizens safe.
The state already recognizes that certain people with specific
conditions require more specialized care, therefore, it is only
logical that training be required of those who hold in their hands
the responsibility of safety to our most vulnerable.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.5528-A Held in Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections 2, 3, and
4 of this act shall take effect June 1, 2012.

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

                                 3627--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public
  health  law,  in  relation to requiring police officers, firefighters,
  emergency  medical  technicians  and  certified  first  responders  to
  complete  training in the appropriate recognition and response methods
  to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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

  Section  1.    Section  13.09  of the mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (h) to read as follows:
  (H) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP  AND  IMPLEMENT  A  CURRICULUM  AND
COURSE  OF STUDY TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AND INFORMATION TO FIREFIGHTERS,
POLICE OFFICERS,  EMERGENCY  MEDICAL  TECHNICIANS  AND  CERTIFIED  FIRST
RESPONDERS  ON  THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES, AND  THE  APPROPRIATE  RECOGNITION  AND  RESPONSE  METHODS
RELATING TO INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
  S  2. Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended by
chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  6. Plan, coordinate and provide training for firefighters,  both  paid
and volunteer, and related governmental officers and employees, relating
to  fire  and  arson prevention and control, and encourage expansion and
improvement of local training facilities in cooperation with fire compa-
nies, municipal corporations and districts. Such training shall be  made
available  by  video  or  computer  to  the maximum extent possible. The
office shall adopt rules and  regulations  relating  to  such  training,
including  but not limited to training standards used and the process by
which training hours are allocated to counties  as  well  as  a  uniform
procedure  for requesting and providing additional training hours.  SUCH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07527-02-1

S. 3627--A                          2

TRAINING SHALL REQUIRE EVERY FIREFIGHTER, ONCE EVERY THIRTY  MONTHS,  TO
COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP-
MENTAL  DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE
MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S  3.  Section  837-a  of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 10 to read as follows:
  10. MAINTAIN AND IMPLEMENT THE COURSE  OF  STUDY  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H)
OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW,  WHICH  SHALL  BE  COMPLETED
ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS BY EVERY POLICE OFFICER.
  S  4. Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 12 to read as follows:
  12. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS  REQUIRING
EVERY  CERTIFIED  FIRST  RESPONDER,  EMERGENCY  MEDICAL  TECHNICIAN  AND
ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN,  ONCE  EVERY  THIRTY  MONTHS,  TO
COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP-
MENTAL  DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE
MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections two,
three and four of this act shall take effect June 1, 2012.

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