senate Bill S6308

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Requires limit to maximum length of stay at residential program for victims of domestic violence

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 24 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 07 / Feb / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 26 / Apr / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 26 / Apr / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6308A
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.805
  • 16 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A2651B

Summary

Requires limit to maximum length of stay at residential program for victims of domestic violence.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2651A
Versions:
S6308
S6308A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §459-b, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S973
2009-2010: S5043A, A455A
2007-2008: A2291

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6308

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the social services law, in relation to residential services
for victims of domestic violence

PURPOSE:
This bill would extend the maximum amount of days victims of domestic
violence may stay in residential programs from 135 days to 180 days,
ensuring additional time for them to secure permanent housing.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One - amends section 459-b of the social services law by
stating that up to two extensions of up to forty-five days of
necessary and available emergency shelter and services at a
residential program for victims of domestic violence if neither the
resident, the social services district nor the residential program is
able to secure alternative housing, as defined by regulation, for the
resident and such housing is necessary.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York State is the only state in the nation that provides welfare
based shelter programs, and to qualify, one must receive public
assistance. It has been shown that victims of domestic violence have
the highest rate of leaving public assistance than any other group,
and that these victims typically use public assistance as a means to
secure permanent housing away from their abuser - which can take as
long as a year.

This legislation will provide for a second, 45 day extension for an
individual or family affected by domestic violence if neither the
resident or social services is unable to secure safe, alternative
housing. Expecting an individual, more importantly, family to start a
new life in 90 days is unrealistic in some cases. This legislation
would provide for the support of an additional 45 day extender is
necessary.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Senate:
2009-10: S.5043A - Passed Senate
2008: Referred to Social Services Committee
2006: Referred to Social Services Committee
2011: Referred to Social Services Committee
Assembly:
2009-10: A.455A (Jacobs) - Referred to Social Services
2011: Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect 180 days after becoming law, with provisions.

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

                                  6308

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services  law,  in  relation  to  residential
  services for victims of domestic violence

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

  Section 1. Section 459-b of the social services law, as added by chap-
ter 169 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
  S 459-b. Residential services for victims  of  domestic  violence.  In
accordance with section one hundred thirty-one-u of this chapter and the
regulations  of the [department] OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES,
a social services district shall offer and provide necessary and  avail-
able  emergency shelter and services FOR UP TO NINETY DAYS at a residen-
tial program for victims of domestic violence to a  victim  of  domestic
violence who was residing in the social services district at the time of
the alleged domestic violence whether or not such victim is eligible for
public  assistance;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT SUCH LAW, RULES AND REGU-
LATIONS SHALL PERMIT UP TO TWO EXTENSIONS OF UP TO  FORTY-FIVE  DAYS  OF
NECESSARY  AND AVAILABLE EMERGENCY SHELTER AND SERVICES AT A RESIDENTIAL
PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IF NEITHER  THE  RESIDENT,  THE
SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT NOR THE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM IS ABLE TO SECURE
ALTERNATIVE HOUSING, AS DEFINED BY REGULATION, FOR THE RESIDENT AND SUCH
HOUSING IS NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly the commissioner of children and family services  is  authorized  and
directed  to  promulgate  such  rules and regulations as he or she deems
necessary to implement the provisions of  this  act  on  or  before  its
effective date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04266-02-2

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