senate Bill S5740

Relates to training for staff in residential mental health treatment units programs inside correctional facilities

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  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 26 / Mar / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Relates to training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7659
Versions:
S5740
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง401, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A9240, A9240

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5740 REVISED 5/1/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to
training for staff in residential mental health treatment units
programs inside correctional facilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To reduce the number of prison
suicides in prison by providing additional training to corrections
officers and staff.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a minimum of eight hours of mental health training
annually for all correction officers, program services, mental health
and medical staff with direct inmate contact, including suicide
prevention training.

Sections 2 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill ensures that all officers and program
services, mental health and medical staff with direct inmate contact
receive mental health training each year. The New York state
commission on quality care and advocacy for persons with disabilities
may provide such training.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: All employees receive training including training
to prevent suicide and although an adjustment of the training may be
required to comply with the legislation, it is believed that this
could be done within the Department's existing budget.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the same date as section
5 of part A of chapter 501 of the laws of 2012 takes effect.

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

                                  5740

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,  Crime  and
  Correction

AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to training for staff in
  residential mental health treatment units programs inside correctional
  facilities

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 6 of section 401  of  the  correction  law,  as
amended  by  section  5 of part A of chapter 501 of the laws of 2012, is
amended to read as follows:
  6. The department shall ensure that the curriculum for new [correction
officers, and other new] department staff [who will  regularly  work  in
programs  providing  mental health treatment for inmates,] shall include
at least eight hours of training about the types and symptoms of  mental
illnesses,  the  goals  of  mental  health  treatment, the prevention of
suicide and training in how to effectively  and  safely  manage  inmates
with  mental  illness.  Such  training  may be provided by the office of
mental health or the justice center for the protection  of  people  with
special needs. All department staff who are transferring into a residen-
tial mental health treatment unit shall receive a minimum of eight addi-
tional  hours  of  such training[, and]. ALL SECURITY, PROGRAM SERVICES,
MENTAL HEALTH, AND  MEDICAL  STAFF  WITH  DIRECT  INMATE  CONTACT  SHALL
RECEIVE  A  MINIMUM OF eight hours of [annual] SUCH training [as long as
they work in such a unit] EACH YEAR. The department shall provide  addi-
tional  training  on these topics on an ongoing basis as it deems appro-
priate.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the same date as section 5 of  part
A of chapter 501 of the laws of 2012 takes effect.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11249-01-3

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