senate Bill S6291

Establishes a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline

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  • 09 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING

Summary

Establishes a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6291
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §473-b, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S6291 REVISED 3/4/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to establishing a statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline for
purposes of reporting of endangered adults

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes a single statewide
toll-free telephone number which people may call to report any abuse,
neglect, exploitation or abandonment of an elderly person.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: A statewide toll-free telephone number
will be in operation twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for
the sole purpose of reporting the known or suspected abuse of an
elderly person. This abuse shall include, but not be limited to:
physical and/or mental mistreatment, neglect, exploitation or
abandonment.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Subdivision 1 of
section 473-b of the social services law is remunerated subdivision 2
and a new subdivision 1 is added.

JUSTIFICATION: An Elder Abuse Hotline is necessary for the protection
of the welfare and security of our state's elderly who are often too
vulnerable to protect themselves from a potentially life-threatening
situation. By establishing a toll-free telephone number, a person may
promptly report a case in which an elderly person is maltreated. In
situations where a relative is responsible, abused seniors are less
apt to report the criminal behavior. A statewide hotline will create
an accessible reporting system, and serve as the first step in
protecting the senior from abuse.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.5400 in the 2011/2012 Legislative Session

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The estimated cost associated with the
establishment of the hotline would be in the range of $13.5 million.
This is based on a comparison of the cost associated with the
establishment of the OCFS centralized hotline in 2013.

EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and twenty days after it becomes law.

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

                                  6291

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to  establishing  a
  statewide toll-free elderly abuse hotline for purposes of reporting of
  endangered adults

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

  Section 1. The opening  paragraph  of  section  473-b  of  the  social
services law, as added by chapter 523 of the laws of 1984, is amended to
read as follows:
  1. THE OFFICE SHALL ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE A SINGLE STATEWIDE
TOLL-FREE  TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING TELEPHONE CALLS
ALLEGING ABUSE OR MALTREATMENT OF AN ELDERLY PERSON, INCLUDING  BUT  NOT
LIMITED  TO  ABUSE, NEGLECT OR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AS DEFINED IN THIS
ARTICLE.
  2. Any person who in good faith believes that a person eighteen  years
of  age  or older may be an endangered adult or in need of protective or
other services, pursuant to this article, and who, based on such  belief
either:
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law, except that any rules and regulations neces-
sary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date may
be promulgated on or before such date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11223-01-3

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