senate Bill S6343

Relates to staff qualifications for supervisory and non-supervisory child protective services workers

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  • 15 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Summary

Relates to staff qualifications for supervisory and non-supervisory child protective services workers.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8429
Versions:
S6343
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Children And Families
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §421, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S6343

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to staff qualifications for non-supervisory and supervisory child
protective services workers

PURPOSE:

To require that child protective services workers and their
supervisors are formally trained in the fields of social work,
psychology and/or counseling in order to better prepare them to handle
cases involving significant and severe mental health, substance abuse
and criminal issues.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: amends paragraphs (a) of subdivision 4 of section 421 of
the social services law to require that child protective services
caseworkers have at least a baccalaureate degree in social work,
Psychology, counseling and/or experience in law enforcement,
counseling or work with mental health or cognitively impaired persons
and children. Requirements would not apply to individuals hired before
the enactment of this act.

Section 1: also amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 421
of the social services law to require that child protective services
supervisors have at least a baccalaureate degree in social work,
psychology, counseling and/or experience in law enforcement,
counseling or work with mental health or cognitively impaired persons
and children. Requirements would not apply to individuals hired before
the enactment of this act.

Section 2: sets the effective date for this act.

JUSTIFICATION:

Determining whether a child has been abused or neglected, and
developing a plan to protect that child who may be in imminent risk or
harm, is an exceptionally difficult task to assign to any one person.
This is especially the case when that individual is not formally
trained in the fields of social work, psychology or counseling, which
provide substantial training to deal with mental health, substance
abuse, and criminal issues that often arise in CPS cases.

Many experts in the field agree that the generalized training
regarding investigations and form work is inadequate preparation to
deal with the real-world, severe issues that arise in a child
protection case. Initial and ongoing training on trauma and the
sociological and psychological effects of persistent and generational
poverty, working with the mentally or cognitively impaired, experience
working with addiction and chemical dependency issues, and domestic
violence is necessary to go into this challenging line of work.

Requiring our county caseworkers and their supervisors to have
academic backgrounds in these fields will allow for more thorough and
meaningful investigations and ensure the people doing this job are the
kind of people who want to build a career around social work. We


entrust these individuals to make some of the most complicated and
often irrevocable decisions regarding the safety of New York State's
children. Ensuring they have the expertise and relevant background
experience to consider all facets of their investigation before making
a decision is an important step towards improving our child protection
system throughout New York State.

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
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 6343                                                  A. 8429

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            January 15, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and
  Families

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES --  read  once  and
  referred to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to staff qualifica-
  tions  for  non-supervisory  and supervisory child protective services
  workers

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

  Section  1.  Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 4 of section 421 of
the social services law, paragraph (a) as amended and paragraph  (b)  as
added  by  chapter  525  of  the  laws  of  2006, are amended to read as
follows:
  (a) after consultation  with  the  local  child  protective  services,
promulgate regulations relating to staff qualifications for non-supervi-
sory  child  protective  services  workers, prescribing [any] AT LEAST A
baccalaureate or equivalent college degree IN SOCIAL  WORK,  PSYCHOLOGY,
COUNSELING  and/or  relevant  [human service] experience IN LAW ENFORCE-
MENT, COUNSELING OR WORK WITH  MENTAL  HEALTH  OR  COGNITIVELY  IMPAIRED
PERSONS  AND CHILDREN as requirements. Such requirements shall not apply
to persons currently employed by such child protective services who were
hired before [January first, nineteen hundred eighty-six] THE  EFFECTIVE
DATE  OF  THE  CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN THAT AMENDED
THIS PARAGRAPH.
  (b) after consultation  with  the  local  child  protective  services,
promulgate  regulations  relating  to  staff  qualifications  for  those
assigned to be supervisors of child  protective  services[,  prescribing
any  baccalaureate  or  equivalent  college degree and/or relevant human
services experience as requirements]. Provided, however, that such regu-
lations shall at a minimum provide that those assigned to be supervisors
of child protective services have [either a baccalaureate]  AT  LEAST  A
MASTER'S degree [or three] IN SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING AND/OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13160-07-4

S. 6343                             2                            A. 8429

TEN  years  of  relevant work experience in [a human services field] LAW
ENFORCEMENT, COUNSELING  OR  WORK  WITH  MENTAL  HEALTH  OR  COGNITIVELY
IMPAIRED  PERSONS  AND  CHILDREN.   Such requirements shall not apply to
persons  currently assigned to be a child protective services supervisor
who were hired before [December first, two thousand six]  THE  EFFECTIVE
DATE  OF  THE  CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN THAT AMENDED
THIS PARAGRAPH.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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