senate Bill S413A

Authorizes the assignment of social services recipients and applicants to accessible local offices

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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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 413A

Summary

Permits an applicant for public assistance or care to select the local social services office most accessible to such person's residence if such office is in the local social services district in which such person resides and such office has the capacity to accept such person; requires written notification of this provision be given to an applicant by the social services official.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S413
S413A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add §134-c, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1324
2009-2010: S1650A
2007-2008: S494A

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S413A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to assignment of social services recipients to local offices

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
improve an individual's accessibility to a local social services
office.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The social services law is amended by
adding a new section 134-c. This bill would provide that an individual
applying for or receiving public assistance or care may choose the
local social services office most geographically accessible to that
person's residence, provided that the office in question has the
capacity to handle the case. An applicant or recipient would receive
written notice of this provision.

JUSTIFICATION: Many social services applicants and recipients have to
travel to offices which are far from their place of residence. This
bill would require the assignment of these people to the local office
which is the most accessible to their residence. By requiring this,
social services applicants and recipients will not have to travel to a
randomly assigned social services office and incur unnecessary
expenses. In addition, the social services office will be accessible
to the community it serves and more aware of the needs of its clients.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013 - S.1324 Referred to Social Services

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately provided,
however, that the commissioner of the Office of Temporary and
Disability Services shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are
necessary to implement the provisions of this act on or before January
1, 2016.

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

                                 413--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. DILAN, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Social  Services
  --  recommitted to the Committee on Social Services in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the social services law, in relation to assignment of
  social services recipients to local offices

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

  Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
134-c to read as follows:
  S 134-C. ASSIGNMENT TO LOCAL OFFICES. FOR THE PURPOSES OF ASSIGNING  A
PERSON APPLYING FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR CARE ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST,
TWO  THOUSAND  SIXTEEN  TO  A  LOCAL  SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE, THE SOCIAL
SERVICES OFFICIAL SHALL ALLOW SUCH PERSON TO  CHOOSE  THE  LOCAL  SOCIAL
SERVICES  OFFICE  MOST  ACCESSIBLE  TO SUCH PERSON'S PLACE OF RESIDENCE,
PROVIDED THAT SUCH LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE IS  LOCATED  WITHIN  THE
LOCAL  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT IN WHICH SUCH PERSON RESIDES, PROVIDED
THAT THE CAPACITY OF SUCH OFFICE PERMITS THE  ASSIGNMENT.    THE  SOCIAL
SERVICES  OFFICIAL  SHALL  INFORM,  IN  WRITING,  AN APPLICANT OF PUBLIC
ASSISTANCE OR CARE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately  provided,  however,  that
the  commissioner  of  the office of temporary and disability assistance
shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary  to  imple-
ment the provisions of this act on or before January 1, 2016.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00406-02-4

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