senate Bill S1583A

Requires general hospitals to establish policies/procedures regarding domestic violence; to establish training programs; to designate staff to coordinate services

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 25 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 25 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1583A

Summary

Requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures regarding domestic violence; establishes ongoing training programs on domestic violence for all current and new hospital employees; designates a hospital staff member to coordinate services to victims; provides for the interaction of hospitals with community domestic violence service providers in order to coordinate services to victims of domestic violence; requires hospitals to offer to contact a local advocate when admitting or treating a confirmed or suspected victim of domestic violence.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2562A
Versions:
S1583
S1583A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2805-x, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1850A, A7585A
2009-2010: S3311

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BILL NUMBER:S1583A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
hospital domestic violence policies and procedures

PURPOSE:

This bill requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures
regarding domestic violence

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new section 2805-x to the Public Health Law to 1)
require hospitals to establish policies and procedures regarding
domestic violence; 2) establish ongoing training programs on domestic
violence for all current and new employees; 3) designate a staff
member to coordinate services to victims; and 4) contact community
domestic violence service providers to Coordinate services to victims.
In addition, hospitals are required to offer to contact a local
advocate when admitting or treating confirmed or suspected domestic
violence cases.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Senate Democratic Task Force on Women's Issues held public
hearings across the State on the health implications of domestic
violence. Many witnesses at these hearings, including survivors,
advocates and health care professionals, testified regarding the need
for hospitals to establish and implement policies and procedures for
the identification, treatment and referral of victims of domestic
violence. By requiting hospitals to implement formal procedures and
training programs, including coordination with community service
providers, this legislation will help improve the health care system's
response to the battered women it serves. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1650A/A7585A - Passed the Assembly; died in Health
02/06/10 REFERRED TO HEALTH
03/16/09 REFERRED TO HEALTH

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect January 1, 2015. Effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
necessary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this act
on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

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

                                 1583--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  LATIMER, MONTGOMERY, SAMPSON, TKACZYK --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital  domestic
  violence policies and procedures

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

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
2805-x to read as follows:
  S  2805-X.  HOSPITAL  DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.  1.
EVERY GENERAL HOSPITAL SHALL:  (A)  DEVELOP,  MAINTAIN  AND  DISSEMINATE
WRITTEN  POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  THE IDENTIFICATION, ASSESSMENT,
TREATMENT AND REFERRAL OF  CONFIRMED  OR  SUSPECTED  CASES  OF  DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE;  (B)  ESTABLISH, AND IMPLEMENT ON AN ONGOING BASIS, A TRAINING
PROGRAM FOR ALL CURRENT AND NEW EMPLOYEES  REGARDING  THE  POLICIES  AND
PROCEDURES  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION; (C) DESIGNATE A STAFF
MEMBER TO COORDINATE SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE;  AND  (D)
CONTACT  THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR VICTIM ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION PROVID-
ING VICTIM ASSISTANCE TO THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA SERVED BY SUCH HOSPITAL  TO
ESTABLISH THE COORDINATION OF SERVICES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS.
  2.  UPON  ADMITTANCE  OR  COMMENCEMENT  OF TREATMENT OF A CONFIRMED OR
SUSPECTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  VICTIM,  SUCH  HOSPITAL  SHALL  ADVISE  THE
VICTIM  OF  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  THE SERVICES OF A BATTERED WOMEN'S OR
VICTIM ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION.  IF  AFTER  RECEIVING  SUCH  ADVICE  THE
DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  VICTIM WISHES THE PRESENCE OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR
VICTIM ASSISTANCE ADVOCATE, SUCH HOSPITAL SHALL CONTACT THE  APPROPRIATE
ORGANIZATION AND REQUEST THAT ONE BE PROVIDED.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02859-04-4

S. 1583--A                          2

  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY
BE  NECESSARY AND PROPER TO CARRY OUT EFFECTIVELY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SECTION.  PRIOR TO PROMULGATING SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  SHALL  CONSULT  WITH  THE  OFFICE FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE AND OTHER SUCH PERSONS AS THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS NECESSARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.  Effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
necessary for the implementation of the foregoing section of this act on
its effective date is authorized and directed to be made  and  completed
on or before such effective date.

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