senate Bill S4108A

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Authorizes summer camps to hire certain licensed professionals to provide services

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  • 08 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4108A
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 28 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 28 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4108B
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Authorizes summer camps to hire licensed social workers, physical therapists, psychologists, athletic trainers and mental health care professionals to provide services.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4108
S4108A
S4108B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1394, Pub Health L

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BILL NUMBER:S4108A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the provision of certain professional services to children's camps

PURPOSE:

The bill allows children's overnight camps, summer day camps, and
traveling summer day camps to employ certain specified licensed health
care professionals in order to better serve the mental and physical
needs of children during their summer camp experience.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 1394 of the Public Health Law by adding a
new subdivision 4 which provides that children's overnight camps,
summer day camps, or traveling summer day camps may employ physical
therapists, psychologists, social workers, athletic trainers and
mental health practitioners to provide services to campers and staff
during their attendance or employment.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The State Education Department (SED) has interpreted section 6512 of
the Education Law to prohibit any licensed professional from
practicing his or her profession while under the- supervision of a
non-licensed professional in that particular field. This is commonly
known as the ban on corporate practice.

EXEMPTION FOR CAMPS:

The SED has construed that the corporate practice ban restricts summer
camps from employing licensed professionals. Legislation enacted last
year (Chapter 214 of the Laws of 2012) partially remedied this problem
by allowing camps to employ a physician, nurse practitioner, physician
assistant, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or emergency
medical technician. However, additional legislation is necessary to
permit camps to legally employ social workers, other mental health
care professionals, and physical therapists or athletic trainers to
better meet the needs of children during the summer camp experience.

Parents and camps rely on the presence of licensed professionals to
ensure the mental and physical well-being of their children.
Currently, any camp that employed an athletic trainer, physical
therapist, or a mental health professional would technically be in
violation of Section 6512 of the Education Law. These camps are not
hiring licensed professionals to circumvent corporate practice laws,
but rather, they are attempting to hire the best possible people to
meet the needs of children attending these camps.

Many resident camps involving sports and athletic activities would opt
to employ an athletic trainer or physical therapist to attend to and
monitor the physical well-being of campers. Camps catering to children
whose lives have been drastically impacted by major events such as
9/11 and Hurricane Sandy are better able to serve campers by hiring


licensed mental health professionals who can help children cope
appropriately with these traumatic events. Prohibiting children's
camps from hiring licensed professionals, specially trained to deal
with these sensitive areas, does a disservice to our children. Camps
must be allowed and encouraged to offer the best possible services
available to the children who need them during the summer camp
experience.

This bill gives peace of mind to parents, knowing that their children
are in the safe hands of licensed professionals during their summer
camp experience, while also allowing camps to provide the same
nurturing services that they have provided in the past.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4108--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 8, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BONACIC,  BALL, CARLUCCI, DeFRANCISCO, FUSCHILLO,
  GRIFFO, LANZA, LARKIN, LATIMER, LIBOUS,  LITTLE,  MARCHIONE,  MARTINS,
  MONTGOMERY,  STAVISKY,  ZELDIN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the public health law, in relation to the provision of
  certain professional services to children's camps

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

  Section  1. Section 1394 of the public health law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
  4. NOTHING IN SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TWELVE OF THE  EDUCATION  LAW
SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT A CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT CAMP, SUMMER DAY
CAMP, OR TRAVELING SUMMER DAY  CAMP,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  THIRTEEN
HUNDRED  NINETY-TWO  OF  THIS ARTICLE, FROM EMPLOYING A LICENSED PROFES-
SIONAL TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO CAMPERS AND STAFF DURING THEIR  ATTENDANCE
OR  EMPLOYMENT  PURSUANT  TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX, ONE HUNDRED
FIFTY-THREE, ONE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-FOUR,  ONE  HUNDRED  SIXTY-TWO  OR  ONE
HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF THE EDUCATION LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08416-03-3

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