senate Bill S2530A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the eating disorders awareness and prevention program in the department of health

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 23, 2014 signed chap.360
Sep 11, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 16, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1065
substituted for s2530a
Jun 16, 2014 substituted by a5294a
Jun 09, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jun 02, 2014 1st report cal.1065
May 20, 2014 reported and committed to finance
May 09, 2014 print number 2530a
amend (t) and recommit to health
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Feb 05, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 18, 2013 referred to health

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May 20, 2014 - Health committee Vote

S2530A
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committee
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Feb 5, 2013 - Health committee Vote

S2530
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committee
15
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0
Nay
2
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0
Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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S2530 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5294A
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §207, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7386, A10149
2013-2014: S2530

S2530 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the eating disorders awareness and prevention program in the department of health.

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BILL NUMBER:S2530

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the eating
disorders awareness and prevention program; and to amend the education
law, in relation to screening students for eating disorders

PURPOSE:
To create the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Program within
the Department of health and to require the health certificates
required for attendance in public schools include an assessment of
the student for eating disorders.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill creates a new Article 27-FF of the Public
Health Law establishing the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
Program within the Department of Health. The program shall, in
consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education, the
New York State Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders and
the National Eating Disorders Association, develop a media campaign,
establish school-based eating disorders awareness and prevention
programs with linkages to health education courses, sponsor periodic
conference or meetings of stakeholders and develop, promote and make
available training programs for health professionals. It also directs
the Department to periodically collect and analyze information to
determine the prevalence of eating disorders in the state and to
evaluate the program and other state programs designed to address
eating disorders.

Section two of the bill amends section 903 of the Education Law to
require that health certificates required by public school districts
include, among the various required health screenings, an assessment
of the student for eating disorders.

Section three of the bill amends section 904 of the Education Law to
include eating disorders to the list of things a school health
services shall ensure that a student is examined for and to notify
the parent or guardian if the existence of an eating disorder is
ascertained.

Section four of the bill provides for an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Alarmingly, in American high schools 30% of girls and 16% of boys
suffer from disordered eating. Anorexia is the third most common
chronic illness among adolescents. In fact it has the highest death
rate of any mental illness with females between the ages of 15 and 24
dying 12 times more from their eating disorder than all other causes
of death in that age-group.

A recent study found that between 1999 and 2006, hospitalizations for
eating disorders increased most sharply (119%) for children younger
than 12 years old. Clearly eating disorder awareness, detection and
prevention must start at early ages and be addressed in a


comprehensive manner. Early recognition and intervention of eating
disorders has been linked to better treatment outcomes; however, it
requires enhance screening, awareness and intervention.

This bill provides a comprehensive approach by requiring screenings
for eating disorders along with the other health screenings conducted
for public school attendance and by creating an awareness and
prevention program.

New York State has already taken a leading role in recognizing the
importance of addressing eating disorders. In 2004 a network of
Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders were established and
in 2007 the Child Performer Advisory Board to Prevent Eating
Disorders was enacted. This bill represents the next steps for New
York State to ensure we do everything we can to be proactive and save
lives.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7386 Died in Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined, however with the cost of treating full symptom
eating disorders costing upwards of $30,000 per month, this bill can,
a minimal cost, result in significant savings to the state health
care system while saving lives.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect 90 days after enactment provided that
sections 2 and 3 of the act shall take effect on the first of July
next succeeding enactment.

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

                                  2530

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HANNON,  DeFRANCISCO,  GRISANTI -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Health

AN  ACT  to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the
  eating disorders awareness and prevention program; and  to  amend  the
  education law, in relation to screening students for eating disorders

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

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  article
27-FF to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 27-FF
            EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
SECTION 2790. EATING  DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM; ESTAB-
                LISHMENT.
        2791. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.
  S 2790. EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM;  ESTABLISH-
MENT.    THE EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM IS ESTAB-
LISHED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.
  S 2791. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. 1. THE  EATING  DISORDERS  AWARENESS  AND
PREVENTION  PROGRAM SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF EATING
DISORDERS AND AVAILABLE SERVICES, AS WELL AS TO PREVENT AND  REDUCE  THE
INCIDENCE  AND PREVALENCE OF EATING DISORDERS, ESPECIALLY AMONG CHILDREN
AND ADOLESCENTS.  RECOGNIZING THAT EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION
OF EATING DISORDERS IS ESSENTIAL, THIS PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE A MULTI-FA-
CETED APPROACH TO ACHIEVE ITS INTENDED GOALS.
  2. THE EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND  PREVENTION  PROGRAM  SHALL,  IN
CONSULTATION  AND  COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE NEW
YORK STATE COMPREHENSIVE CARE  CENTERS  FOR  EATING  DISORDERS  AND  THE
NATIONAL  EATING  DISORDERS ASSOCIATION, BE ESTABLISHED IN ORDER TO, BUT
NOT BE LIMITED TO:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05353-01-3

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  (A) DEVELOP MEDIA HEALTH PROMOTION  CAMPAIGNS  TARGETED  TO  CHILDREN,
ADOLESCENTS  AND  THEIR PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS THAT RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT
EATING DISORDERS AND PROVIDE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON WHERE TO  SEEK
HELP;
  (B)  ESTABLISH  SCHOOL-BASED EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
PROGRAMS WITH LINKAGES TO HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES;
  (C) SPONSOR PERIODIC CONFERENCES OR MEETINGS TO BRING TOGETHER EXPERTS
IN PUBLIC HEALTH,  MENTAL  HEALTH,  EDUCATION,  PARENTING,  MEDIA,  FOOD
MARKETING,  AND OTHER DISCIPLINES TO EXAMINE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF
EATING DISORDERS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER STATE POLICIES AND
PROGRAMS; AND
  (D) DEVELOP, PROMOTE AND MAKE AVAILABLE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR  MEDICAL
AND  OTHER  HEALTH  PROFESSIONALS  TO  BETTER  UNDERSTAND,  IDENTIFY AND
PROVIDE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND/OR REFERRALS  OF  PATIENTS  AND  THEIR
FAMILIES.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL PERIODICALLY COLLECT AND ANALYZE INFORMATION
FROM SCHOOLS, HEALTH AND  NUTRITION  PROGRAMS,  THE  COMPREHENSIVE  CARE
CENTERS  FOR  EATING DISORDERS AND OTHER SOURCES TO DETERMINE THE PREVA-
LENCE OF EATING DISORDERS IN THIS STATE, AND TO EVALUATE, TO THE  EXTENT
POSSIBLE,  THE  EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  EATING  DISORDERS  AWARENESS AND
PREVENTION PROGRAM AND OTHER STATE PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO  ADDRESS  EATING
DISORDERS.
  S  2. Subdivision 1 of section 903 of the education law, as separately
amended by section 11 of part B of chapter 58 and  chapter  281  of  the
laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  A  health  certificate  shall  be furnished by each student in the
public schools upon his or her entrance in such schools and upon his  or
her entry into the grades prescribed by the commissioner in regulations,
provided  that such regulations shall require such certificates at least
twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. An
examination and health history of any child may be required by the local
school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educa-
tional interests of such child. Each certificate shall be  signed  by  a
duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, who
is  authorized by law to practice in this state, and consistent with any
applicable written practice agreement, or by a duly licensed  physician,
physician  assistant,  or nurse practitioner, who is authorized to prac-
tice in the jurisdiction in which the examination  was  given,  provided
that  the  commissioner has determined that such jurisdiction has stand-
ards of licensure and practice comparable to those  of  New  York.  Each
such  certificate  shall  describe the condition of the student when the
examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve  months  prior
to  the  commencement  of  the  school  year in which the examination is
required, and shall state whether such student is in a fit condition  of
health  to permit his or her attendance at the public schools. Each such
certificate shall also state the student's body  mass  index  (BMI)  and
weight  status category.   For purposes of this section, BMI is computed
as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters  or
the  weight  in  pounds divided by the square of height in inches multi-
plied by a conversion factor of 703. Weight status categories for  chil-
dren  and adolescents shall be as defined by the commissioner of health.
FURTHERMORE, EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL INCLUDE AN  ASSESSMENT  OF  THE
STUDENT  FOR EATING DISORDERS. SUCH ASSESSMENT SHALL BE CONDUCTED PURSU-
ANT TO STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  HEALTH.  In  all
school  districts  such  physician, physician assistant or nurse practi-
tioner shall determine whether a one-time test for sickle cell anemia is

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necessary or desirable and he or she shall conduct such a test  and  the
certificate shall state the results.
  S  3. Subdivision 1 of section 904 of the education law, as amended by
section 12 of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2007,  is  amended  to
read as follows:
  1.  Each  principal  of a public school, or his or her designee, shall
report to the director of school  health  services  having  jurisdiction
over  such  school,  the  names  of  all students who have not furnished
health certificates as provided in section nine hundred  three  of  this
article,  or  who  are children with disabilities, as defined by article
eighty-nine of this chapter, and the director of school health  services
shall  cause  such  students to be separately and carefully examined and
tested to ascertain whether any student has defective sight or  hearing,
AN  EATING  DISORDER, or any other physical disability which may tend to
prevent him or her from receiving the full benefit of  school  work,  or
from  requiring  a  modification  of  such work to prevent injury to the
student or from receiving the best educational results.   Each  examina-
tion  shall  also include a calculation of the student's body mass index
(BMI) and weight status category. For purposes of this section,  BMI  is
computed  as  the weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in
meters or the weight in pounds divided by the square of height in inches
multiplied by a conversion factor of 703. Weight status  categories  for
children  and  adolescents  shall  be  as defined by the commissioner of
health. In all school districts, such physician, physician assistant  or
nurse  practitioner  shall  determine whether a one-time test for sickle
cell anemia is necessary or desirable and he or she shall  conduct  such
tests  and  the  certificate  shall  state  the results. If it should be
ascertained, upon such test or examination, that any  of  such  students
have  defective  sight or hearing, AN EATING DISORDER, or other physical
disability, including sickle cell anemia, as above described, the  prin-
cipal  or  his  or  her  designee  shall notify the parents of, or other
persons in parental relation to, the child as to the existence  of  such
disability  OR  DISORDER.    If the parents or other persons in parental
relation are unable or unwilling to provide  the  necessary  relief  and
treatment  for such students, such fact shall be reported by the princi-
pal or his or her designee to the director of  school  health  services,
whose  duty it shall be to provide relief for such students. Each school
and school district chosen as part of an appropriate sampling  methodol-
ogy  shall participate in surveys directed by the commissioner of health
pursuant to the public health law  in  relation  to  students'  BMI  and
weight  status  categories  as  determined  by the examination conducted
pursuant to this section and which shall be  subject  to  audit  by  the
commissioner  of  health.  Such  surveys  shall  contain the information
required pursuant to this subdivision in relation to students'  BMI  and
weight  status  categories  in  aggregate.  Parents  or other persons in
parental relation to a student may refuse to have the student's BMI  and
weight  status  category included in such survey. Each school and school
district shall provide the commissioner of health with any  information,
records and reports he or she may require for the purpose of such audit.
The  BMI and weight status survey and audit as described in this section
shall be conducted consistent with confidentiality requirements  imposed
by  federal  law.  Data  collection for such surveys shall commence on a
voluntary basis at the beginning of  the  two  thousand  seven  academic
school year, and by all schools chosen as part of the sampling methodol-
ogy at the beginning of the two thousand eight academic school year. The

S. 2530                             4

department  shall also utilize the collected data to develop a report of
child obesity and obesity related diseases.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law, except that sections two and three of this act  shall
take  effect  on  the first of July next succeeding the date on which it
shall have become a law; provided that, effective immediately, any rules
and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its
effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or  before
such date.

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S2530A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5294A
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §207, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7386, A10149
2013-2014: S2530

S2530A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes the eating disorders awareness and prevention program in the department of health.

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BILL NUMBER:S2530A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
establishing the eating disorders awareness and prevention program

PURPOSE: To include eating disorders within the health care and
wellness education and outreach program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 1 of section 207 of the
public health law to add a new paragraph (j) to establish that the
eating disorders awareness and prevention program shall be designed to
promote the awareness of eating disorders and available services, as
well as to prevent and reduce the incidence and prevalence of eating
disorders, especially among children and adolescents.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Alarmingly, in American high schools 30% of girls and
16% of boys suffer from disordered eating. Anorexia is the third most
common chronic illness among adolescents. In fact it has the highest
death rate of any mental illness with females between the ages of 15
and 24 dying 12 times more from their eating disorder than all other
causes of death in that age-group.

A recent study found that between 1999 and 2006, hospitalizations for
eating disorders increased most sharply (119%) for children younger
than 12 years old. Clearly eating disorder awareness, detection and
prevention must start at early ages and be addressed in a
comprehensive manner. Early recognition and intervention of eating
disorders has been linked to better treatment outcomes.

New York State has already taken a leading role in recognizing the
importance of addressing eating disorders. In 2004 a network of
Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders were established and
in 2007 the Child Performer Advisory Board to Prevent Eating Disorders
was enacted. This bill represents the next steps for New York State to
ensure we do everything we can to be proactive and, save lives.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7386 Died-in Finance/ A.10149-A Passed
Assembly.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined, however with the cost of
treating full symptom eating disorders costing upwards of $30,000 per
month, this bill can, a minimal cost, result in significant savings to
the state health care system while saving lives.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2530--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. HANNON, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BOYLE, DeFRANCISCO, GRISAN-
  TI, PARKER, ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on Health -- recommitted to the
  Committee on Health in accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  establishing  the
  eating disorders awareness and prevention program

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public  health  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as follows:
  (J)  THE  EATING  DISORDERS  AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM SHALL BE
DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS  OF  EATING  DISORDERS  AND  AVAILABLE
SERVICES,  AS WELL AS TO PREVENT AND REDUCE THE INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE
OF EATING DISORDERS, ESPECIALLY AMONG CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05353-07-4

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