senate Bill S5943

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring child protective services to document home visits with photographs

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to children and families
Oct 02, 2013 referred to rules


S5943 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§421 & 372, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A7728A, S5388, S5388A

S5943 - Summary

Requires child protective services to document home visits as part of a treatment plan, supervision and monitoring, pursuant to a court order, or on an emergency basis with photographs.

S5943 - Sponsor Memo

S5943 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             October 2, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring  child
  protective services to document home visits with photographs


  Section 1.  This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as  "Marchella
Pierce's Law".
  S  2.    Subdivision  3  of section 421 of the social services law, as
amended by chapter 718 of the laws of 1986, paragraph (a) as amended  by
chapter  110 of the laws of 1989 and the closing paragraph as amended by
chapter 320 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read as follows:
  3. promulgate regulations setting forth requirements for the  perform-
ance  by  local  social  services  departments  of the duties and powers
imposed and conferred upon them by the provisions of this title  and  of
article  ten  of  the family court act. Such regulations shall establish
uniform requirements for the investigation of reports of child abuse  or
maltreatment  under  this  title. The department shall also issue guide-
lines which shall set forth the circumstances or conditions under which:
  (a) personal contact shall be made with the child named in the  report
and  any  other  children  in the same household, including interviewing
such child or children absent the subject of the report whenever  possi-
ble and appropriate;
  (b) photographs of visible physical injuries or trauma of children who
may  be  the victims of abuse or maltreatment shall be taken or arranged
  (c) medical examination of a child who may be a  victim  of  abuse  or
maltreatment and documentation of findings of such examination, shall be
  The department shall promulgate regulations to establish standards for
intervention,  criteria  for  case  closings,  criteria  for determining

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


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