senate Bill S6308A

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

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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:
A2651B
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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BILL NUMBER:S6308A REVISED 05/15/12

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.

Section Two - This act shall take effect on the 180th day after
it shall have become law, with provisions.

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:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have
become law, with provisions.

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

                                 6308--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BALL, HASSELL-THOMPSON, ADAMS, DIAZ, DILAN, DUANE,
  GOLDEN, HANNON, HUNTLEY, JOHNSON,  MAZIARZ,  MONTGOMERY,  OPPENHEIMER,
  PARKER,  RANZENHOFER, SAMPSON, SAVINO, STEWART-COUSINS, ZELDIN -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Social Services -- reported favorably from said committee
  and  committed  to  the  Committee on Finance -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

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.   TWO FORTY-FIVE  DAY  EXTENSIONS  OF  NECESSARY  AND
AVAILABLE  EMERGENCY SHELTER MAY BE GRANTED BEYOND THE MAXIMUM LENGTH OF
STAY AT A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FOR RESI-
DENTS WHO CONTINUE TO BE IN NEED OF  EMERGENCY  SERVICES  AND  TEMPORARY
SHELTER.
  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.
                                                           LBD04266-04-2

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