senate Bill S2413

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on developmental disabilities

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  • 17 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Summary

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2413
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §13.09, Ment Hyg L; amd §§156 & 837-a, Exec L; amd §3011, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3627A
2009-2010: S5528A

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BILL NUMBER:S2413

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public health
law, in relation to requiring police officers, firefighters, emergency
medical technicians and certified first responders to complete training
in the appropriate recognition and response methods to persons with
intellectual
and developmental disabilities

PURPOSE:
The proposed legislation will require police officers, fire fighters,
emergency medical technician and certified first responders to
complete training in the appropriate recognition and response methods
to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding a new
subdivision (h) stating that the commissioner shall develop and
implement a curriculum and course of study on the risks associated
with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the appropriate
recognition and response methods relating to intellectual and
developmental disabilities.

Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended by
chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to state that such
training shall require every firefighter, once every thirty months,
to complete the course of study as established by the commissioner of
intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Section 837-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 10 that states that the course of study established by
the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities will
be maintained and implemented pursuant to subdivision (h) of section
13.09 of the mental hygiene law, which shall be completed once every
thirty months by every police officer.

Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 12 to state that the commissioner can require every
certified responder, emergency medical technician and advanced
emergency medical technician to complete a course of study, once
every thirty months, as established by the commissioner of
intellectual and developmental disabilities pursuant to subdivision
(h) of section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law.

Section 5 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Each year there are an increasing number of incidences of people
diagnosed with mental health, intellectual and developmental
disabilities. with the growing number of cases firefighters, first
responders, police officers and emergency technicians need to be
properly trained, ready and able to serve all people.


People with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities
sometimes require different treatment than those who do not suffer
from these conditions. Without proper training to identify there is a
condition and the skill necessary to handle the situation properly,
there is the possibility that both the victim and the person
providing the service may be injured or worse. To increase the safety
of all individuals involved, training should be provided to reduce
the chance of additional unnecessary problems or injuries caused by
inexperience. Giving service providers/first responders the tools to
assess and properly/safely handle themselves during all types of
emergency scenarios, can only improves their effectiveness and
increase their ability to keep all of our citizens safe.
The state already recognizes that certain people with specific
conditions require more specialized care, therefore, it is only
logical that training be required of those who hold in their hands
the responsibility of safety to our most vulnerable.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.5528-A Held in Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections 2, 3, and
4 of this act shall take effect June 1, 2014.

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

                                  2413

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public
  health law, in relation to requiring  police  officers,  firefighters,
  emergency  medical  technicians  and  certified  first  responders  to
  complete training in the appropriate recognition and response  methods
  to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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

  Section 1.  Section 13.09 of the mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision (h) to read as follows:
  (H)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  DEVELOP  AND IMPLEMENT A CURRICULUM AND
COURSE OF STUDY TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AND INFORMATION TO  FIREFIGHTERS,
POLICE  OFFICERS,  EMERGENCY  MEDICAL  TECHNICIANS  AND  CERTIFIED FIRST
RESPONDERS ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INTELLECTUAL  AND  DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES,  AND  THE  APPROPRIATE  RECOGNITION  AND  RESPONSE METHODS
RELATING TO INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
  S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended  by
chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  6.  Plan,  coordinate and provide training for firefighters, both paid
and volunteer, and related governmental officers and employees, relating
to fire and arson prevention and control, and  encourage  expansion  and
improvement of local training facilities in cooperation with fire compa-
nies,  municipal corporations and districts. Such training shall be made
available by video or computer  to  the  maximum  extent  possible.  The
office  shall  adopt  rules  and  regulations relating to such training,
including but not limited to training standards used and the process  by
which  training  hours  are  allocated  to counties as well as a uniform
procedure for requesting and providing additional training hours.   SUCH
TRAINING  SHALL  REQUIRE EVERY FIREFIGHTER, ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS, TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05576-01-3

S. 2413                             2

COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP-
MENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF  THE
MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S  3.  Section  837-a  of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 10 to read as follows:
  10. MAINTAIN AND IMPLEMENT THE COURSE  OF  STUDY  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H)
OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW,  WHICH  SHALL  BE  COMPLETED
ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS BY EVERY POLICE OFFICER.
  S  4. Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 12 to read as follows:
  12. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS  REQUIRING
EVERY  CERTIFIED  FIRST  RESPONDER,  EMERGENCY  MEDICAL  TECHNICIAN  AND
ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN,  ONCE  EVERY  THIRTY  MONTHS,  TO
COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP-
MENTAL  DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE
MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections two,
three and four of this act shall take effect June 1, 2014.

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