senate Bill S7350

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Expands the persons responsible for reporting cases of suspected child abuse

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 02 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.852
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 04 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 7350A
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Expands the persons responsible for reporting cases of suspected child abuse.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7350
S7350A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง413, Soc Serv L

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7350

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to expanding the
persons responsible for reporting cases of suspected child abuse

PURPOSE:
To require school athletic directors, school coaches, and school
assistant coaches to report cases of suspected child abuse.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 413 of
the social services law to add school athletic directors, school
coaches, and school assistant coaches to the list of mandated
reporters.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
School coaches and athletic directors are often in the position to
observe children for signs of abuse. Coaches develop close, trusting
relationships with their players, making it likely that a child would
confide in their coach.

The current law is ambiguous as to whether individuals in these
positions are mandated reporters. This legislation will clarify their
duty to report suspected abuse, and also protect them from civil
liability resulting from reports that are proven unfounded.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7350

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SALAND -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation  to  expanding  the
  persons responsible for reporting cases of suspected child abuse

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 413 of the social
services law, as amended by chapter 91 of the laws of 2011,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (a)  The  following  persons  and  officials are required to report or
cause a report to be made in accordance with this title when  they  have
reasonable  cause  to  suspect  that a child coming before them in their
professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated  child,  or
when  they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused or
maltreated child where the parent, guardian, custodian or  other  person
legally  responsible  for  such child comes before them in their profes-
sional or official capacity and states from  personal  knowledge  facts,
conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an
abused  or maltreated child: any physician; registered physician assist-
ant; surgeon; medical  examiner;  coroner;  dentist;  dental  hygienist;
osteopath;  optometrist;  chiropractor;  podiatrist;  resident;  intern;
psychologist; registered nurse; social worker; emergency medical techni-
cian; licensed creative arts therapist;  licensed  marriage  and  family
therapist;  licensed  mental  health  counselor; licensed psychoanalyst;
hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care or treat-
ment of persons; a  Christian  Science  practitioner;  school  official,
which  includes  but  is  not limited to school teacher, school guidance
counselor, school psychologist,  school  social  worker,  school  nurse,
school administrator or other school personnel required to hold a teach-
ing  or administrative license or certificate; SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,
SCHOOL COACH, SCHOOL ASSISTANT COACH; social services  worker;  director
of  a children's overnight camp, summer day camp or traveling summer day
camp, as such camps are defined in section thirteen  hundred  ninety-two
of  the public health law; day care center worker; school-age child care

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13715-03-2

S. 7350                             2

worker; provider of family or group family day care; employee or  volun-
teer  in  a  residential  care  facility  defined in subdivision four of
section four hundred twelve-a of this title or any other child  care  or
foster  care worker; mental health professional; substance abuse counse-
lor; alcoholism counselor; all persons credentialed  by  the  office  of
alcoholism  and substance abuse services; peace officer; police officer;
district attorney or assistant district attorney; investigator  employed
in the office of a district attorney; or other law enforcement official.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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