senate Bill S4869

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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    • Passed Assembly
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Apr 30, 2013 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Apr 29, 2013 referred to higher education

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S4869 - Details

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

S4869 - Summary

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

S4869 - Sponsor Memo

S4869 - Bill Text download pdf

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