senate Bill S4817
(D) 38th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrances/exits of all facilities run by the office for people with developmental disabilities.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video cameras
in facilities operated by the office for people with developmental
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow the Office for people with Developmental Disabilities to
place video cameras on the entrance and exit of all facilities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Amends the mental hygiene law to provide that, the Office
for People with Developmental Disabilities, including group homes,
residential homes, inpatient facilities, and all other facilities to
install video cameras at all entrances and exits; to ensure safety
the commissioner, in consultation with the State police, shall
develop a system for maintaining such recorded images.
Section 2 - This act shall take effect immediately.
This act shall informally be known as "Paula's Law" for Paula Liblick
a 61 year old OPWDD resident in a group home in the Hudson Valley. Ms.
Liblick was assaulted and raped by a intruder to the home but since no
mechanism existed to catalogue visitors to the home, no suspects were
identified except for the 2 long-term staff at the home. Also,
recently the New York Times ran a series of stories entitled "At
State Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity" which highlighted many of the
problems in the state run homes, facilities and programs.
We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public
buildings and institutions in an effort to protest the denizens and
property at these sites. So, certainly, the residents and
participants of the state run OPWDD programs, who are society,s most
vulnerable, deserve to be protected in the same manner.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
To be determined.
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