senate Bill S4840

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits sexual orientation change efforts by mental health providers

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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May 06, 2013 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Apr 26, 2013 referred to higher education

S4840 - Details

Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6509-d, Ed L

S4840 - Summary

Prohibits sexual orientation change efforts by mental health providers.

S4840 - Sponsor Memo

S4840 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4840

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 26, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  prohibiting  sexual
  orientation change efforts by mental health providers

  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. SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE EFFORTS. 1. FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF
THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL  HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER" MEANS A PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON SPECIALIZ-
ING IN THE PRACTICE  OF  PSYCHIATRY,  A  PSYCHOLOGIST,  A  PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSISTANT, INTERN, OR TRAINEE, A LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST,
A  REGISTERED  MARRIAGE  AND  FAMILY  THERAPIST,  INTERN,  OR TRAINEE, A
LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST, A CREDENTIALED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, A
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, AN ASSOCIATE CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER,  A
LICENSED  PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR, A REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSE-
LOR, INTERN, OR TRAINEE, OR ANY OTHER  PERSON  DESIGNATED  AS  A  MENTAL
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL UNDER STATE LAW OR REGULATION.
  (B)(1)  "SEXUAL  ORIENTATION  CHANGE  EFFORTS"  MEANS ANY PRACTICES BY
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS THAT  SEEK  TO  CHANGE  AN  INDIVIDUAL'S  SEXUAL
ORIENTATION.   THIS INCLUDES EFFORTS TO CHANGE BEHAVIORS OR GENDER IDEN-
TITY OR EXPRESSION,  OR  TO  ELIMINATE  OR  REDUCE  SEXUAL  OR  ROMANTIC
ATTRACTIONS OR FEELINGS TOWARD INDIVIDUALS OF THE SAME SEX.
  (2)  "SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE EFFORTS" DOES NOT INCLUDE PSYCHOTHERA-
PIES THAT: (A) PROVIDE ACCEPTANCE, SUPPORT, AND UNDERSTANDING OF CLIENTS
OR THE FACILITATION OF CLIENTS' COPING,  SOCIAL  SUPPORT,  AND  IDENTITY
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION-NEUTRAL INTER-
VENTIONS  TO  PREVENT OR ADDRESS UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OR UNSAFE SEXUAL PRAC-
TICES; AND (B) DO NOT SEEK TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09989-02-3

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