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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
|Jan 15, 2013||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S2301
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S2301 - Details
S2301 - Summary
Directs the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to deny employment or volunteer applications based on a criminal history report for such applicant.
S2301 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2301 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law and the executive law, in relation to directing the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to promulgate regulations authorizing the denial or disapproval of certain employment or volunteer applications following a criminal history report for such applicant PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to keep individuals with a history of violence or criminal records from working with patients at OPWDD facilities. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 13.19 of the mental hygiene law by adding a new subdivision (e) requiring a criminal history report for any prospective employee to have direct patient contact. Section two amends subdivision 8-a of section 837 of the executive law which addresses supply of criminal history reports at no cost to include those requested under mental hygiene law. JUSTIFICATION: Those working at the homes which care for the disabled in the state have a very difficult job. Unfortunately, there have been recent cases, including the 2007 death of Jonathan Carey at the O.D.
S2301 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2301 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 15, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law and the executive law, in relation to directing the commissioner of the office for people with developmental disabilities to promulgate regulations authorizing the denial or disapproval of certain employment or volunteer applications following a criminal history report for such applicant THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13.19 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (e) to read as follows: (E) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS (I) REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT FOR ANY PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER IN THE OFFICE WHO WILL HAVE REGULAR DIRECT PATIENT CONTACT; AND (II) AUTHORIZ- ING THE DENIAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF ANY APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN THE OFFICE FOR A POSITION THAT WILL HAVE REGULAR DIRECT PATIENT CONTACT WHERE A CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT CONCERNING SUCH PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER REVEALS A CONVICTION FOR ANY OFFENSE THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES WOULD MAKE SUCH PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE OR VOLUNTEER UNFIT FOR EMPLOYMENT BY THE OFFICE. S 2. Subdivision 8-a of section 837 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 561 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: 8-a. Charge a fee when, pursuant to statute or the regulations of the division, it conducts a search of its criminal history records and returns a report thereon in connection with an application for employ- ment or for a license or permit. The division shall adopt and may, from time to time, amend a schedule of such fees which shall be in amounts determined by the division to be reasonably related to the cost of conducting such searches and returning reports thereon but, in no event, shall any such fee exceed twenty-five dollars and an additional EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03885-01-3
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