senate Bill S4775

Relates to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools

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  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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Summary

Relates to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city schools.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5680
Versions:
S4775
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §12-140, NYC Ad Cd; amd §1, Chap 53 of 2012

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4775

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York and chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to
localities budget, in relation to substance abuse prevention personnel
in New York city schools

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To guarantee that the NYC Department
of Education shall provide on a full time basis at least one substance
prevention and intervention specialist at each public school. A
substance abuse prevention and intervention specialist is a New York
City department of education employee that has received substance
abuse training through the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One of the Administrative Code
of the City of New York is amended by adding a new Section 12-140.

JUSTIFICATION: Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists
(SAPIS) serve an indispensable function in New York City Schools.
Trained to deal with the effects and causes of emotional, physical,
and substance abuse, SAPIS counselors fill a role that other
Department of Education employees simply cannot.

SAPIS counselors prevent and eliminate many forms of disruptive
behavior that hinders a student's ability to learn and the teacher's
ability to teach. Negative behavioral traits often develop as a result
of abuse in a student's family. Drug abuse among the children of drug
abusers is not uncommon. These children also frequently develop
violence-prone personalities and a sharp decline in academic
performance. SAPIS workers are our best tools for stemming these
trends.

Bolstering the SAPIS program will lead to a long-term decrease in New
York State's financial obligations. In short, SAPIS has been proven to
shepherd students front high risk to productive members of society.
The Passage of this bill will ensure that at least one full time
substance abuse prevention and intervention specialist be assigned to
each NYC Public School.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4775

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York  and
  chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to localities budget,
  in  relation  to substance abuse prevention personnel in New York city
  schools

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

  Section  1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended
by adding a new section 12-140 to read as follows:
  S 12-140 SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION PERSONNEL.    THE
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL PROVIDE ON A FULL-TIME BASIS
AT  LEAST  ONE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SPECIALIST AT
EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SECTION,  A  SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SPECIALIST IS A
NEW YORK  CITY  DEPARTMENT  OF  EDUCATION  EMPLOYEE  THAT  HAS  RECEIVED
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING THROUGH THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM
AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.
  S  2. Section 1 of chapter 53 of the laws of 2012, enacting the aid to
localities budget, is amended by repealing  the  items  hereinbelow  set
forth  in  brackets and by adding to such section the other items under-
scored in this section.
                      DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HYGIENE
            OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

PREVENTION AND PROGRAM SUPPORT

  Special Revenue Funds - Other
  Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund
  Mental Hygiene Program Fund Account

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08932-01-3

S. 4775                             2

Notwithstanding any provision of law to  the
  contrary,  the  commissioner of the office
  of alcoholism and substance abuse services
  shall [be authorized to continue contracts
  which were executed on or before March 31,
  2012  with entities providing services for
  problem gambling and  chemical  dependency
  prevention and treatment services, without
  any   additional  requirements  that  such
  contracts  be   subject   to   competitive
  bidding, a request for proposal process or
  other  administrative procedures.   Of the
  amounts  appropriated  herein,  at   least
  $14,859,531  shall  be  made] MAKE FUNDING
  available to the New York City  Department
  of  Education for the continuation of such
  school-operated    prevention     programs
  provided  by  school  district [employees]
  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  PREVENTION  AND   INTER-
  VENTION PERSONNEL ........................... 42,553,000
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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