assembly Bill A6983B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Designates engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2014 referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jun 09, 2014 ordered to third reading rules cal.73
rules report cal.73
reported
Jun 03, 2014 reported referred to rules
Apr 25, 2014 print number 6983b
Apr 25, 2014 amend and recommit to codes
Apr 07, 2014 reported referred to codes
Jan 09, 2014 print number 6983a
Jan 09, 2014 amend (t) and recommit to higher education
Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
Apr 29, 2013 referred to higher education

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A6983 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4917
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§6509-d & 6531-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A4958, S121
2017-2018: A3977, S263
2019-2020: A576, S1046

A6983 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

A6983 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

    S. 4869                                                  A. 6983

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

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

                             April 29, 2013
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by Sens. GIANARIS, HOYLMAN -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Higher Education

IN  ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, TITONE, JAFFEE, O'DONNELL,
  BARRETT, ROBERTS, ROSA, SKOUFIS, ZEBROWSKI, SCHIMEL -- Multi-Sponsored
  by -- M. of A.  ARROYO,  COOK,  LAVINE,  MILLMAN,  SEPULVEDA,  STIRPE,
  THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to prohibiting mental
  health  professionals  from  engaging  in  sexual  orientation  change
  efforts with a patient under the age of eighteen years

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6509-d
to read as follows:
  S 6509-D. ADDITIONAL DEFINITION  OF  PROFESSIONAL  MISCONDUCT;  MENTAL
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. 1. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  A.  "MENTAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL"  MEANS  A  PERSON  SUBJECT  TO  THE
PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THIS TITLE IF HE OR  SHE
SPECIALIZES  IN  THE  PRACTICE  OF  PSYCHIATRY,  OR  ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED
FIFTY-THREE, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR OR ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE  OF  THIS
TITLE;  OR  ANY  OTHER PERSON DESIGNATED AS A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
PURSUANT TO LAW, RULE OR REGULATION.
  B. "SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE EFFORTS" (I) MEANS  ANY  PRACTICE  BY  A
MENTAL  HEALTH  PROFESSIONAL THAT SEEKS TO CHANGE AN INDIVIDUAL'S SEXUAL
ORIENTATION; AND  (II)  SHALL  NOT  INCLUDE  PSYCHOTHERAPIES  THAT:  (A)
PROVIDE ACCEPTANCE, SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING OF PATIENTS OR THE FACILI-
TATION OF PATIENTS' COPING AND SOCIAL SUPPORT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ORIENTA-
TION-NEUTRAL  INTERVENTIONS  TO  PREVENT  OR ADDRESS UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OR
UNSAFE SEXUAL PRACTICES; AND (B) DO NOT SEEK  TO  CHANGE  SEXUAL  ORIEN-
TATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09824-02-3

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A6983A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4917
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§6509-d & 6531-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A4958, S121
2017-2018: A3977, S263
2019-2020: A576, S1046

A6983A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

A6983A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6983--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GLICK,  TITONE,  JAFFEE, O'DONNELL, BARRETT,
  ROBERTS, ROSA, SKOUFIS, ZEBROWSKI,  SCHIMEL,  ROSENTHAL,  KAVANAGH  --
  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. ARROYO, COOK, HEVESI, LAVINE, MILLMAN,
  RYAN, SEPULVEDA, STIRPE, THIELE --  read  once  and  referred  to  the
  Committee on Higher Education -- recommitted to the Committee on High-
  er  Education  in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  prohibiting  mental
  health  professionals  from  engaging  in  sexual  orientation  change
  efforts with a patient under the age of eighteen years  and  expanding
  the  definition  of  professional  misconduct  with  respect to mental
  health professionals

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

  Section  1.    Legislative findings and intent. The Legislature hereby
finds and declares all of the following:
  a. Being lesbian,  gay,  or  bisexual  is  not  a  disease,  disorder,
illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations
of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have
recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.
  b.  The  American  Psychological  Association convened a Task Force on
Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The task  force
conducted  a  systematic  review  of peer-reviewed journal literature on
sexual orientation change efforts, and issued a report in 2009. The task
force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical
health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including  confusion,
depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal,
suicidality,   substance   abuse,  stress,  disappointment,  self-blame,
decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred,
hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09824-04-4

Co-Sponsors

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Multi-Sponsors

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A6983B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4917
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§6509-d & 6531-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A4958, S121
2017-2018: A3977, S263
2019-2020: A576, S1046

A6983B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

A6983B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6983--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GLICK,  TITONE,  JAFFEE, O'DONNELL, BARRETT,
  ROBERTS, ROSA, SKOUFIS, ZEBROWSKI, SCHIMEL, ROSENTHAL, KAVANAGH, BRON-
  SON, MOSLEY, BRINDISI, PAULIN, CAHILL, LIFTON,  ORTIZ  --  Multi-Spon-
  sored  by  --  M.  of  A. ARROYO, COOK, HEVESI, LAVINE, MILLMAN, RYAN,
  SEPULVEDA, STIRPE, THIELE -- read once and referred to  the  Committee
  on  Higher  Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Higher Educa-
  tion  in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee -- reported and referred to the Committee on Codes
  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to prohibiting mental
  health  professionals  from  engaging  in  sexual  orientation  change
  efforts  with  a patient under the age of eighteen years and expanding
  the definition of  professional  misconduct  with  respect  to  mental
  health professionals

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings and intent.  The  Legislature  hereby
finds and declares all of the following:
  a.  Being  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual  or  transgender is not a disease,
disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming.  The  major  professional
associations  of  mental  health  practitioners  and  researchers in the
United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.
  b. The American Psychological Association convened  a  Task  Force  on
Appropriate  Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The task force
conducted a systematic review of  peer-reviewed  journal  literature  on
sexual orientation change efforts, and issued a report in 2009. The task
force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical
health  risks to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, including
confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame,  social

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09824-08-4

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