senate Bill S6622

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the direct support professional credential pilot program

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Feb 19, 2014 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

S6622 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9125
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง13.41, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S5102A, A7313A

S6622 - Summary

Establishes the direct support professional credential pilot program to assist and attract individuals into the field of direct support, advance direct support as a career and professionalize the field to promote workforce recruitment and retention efforts, while creating a career ladder; requires the office for people with developmental disabilities to administer such pilot program for three years; makes related provisions.

S6622 - Sponsor Memo

S6622 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6622

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 19, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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, in relation to establishing  the
  direct support professional credential pilot program

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

  Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a  new  section
13.41 to read as follows:
S 13.41 DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL PILOT PROGRAM.
  (A) THE OFFICE SHALL INITIATE A PROGRAM TO CONTINUE TO GAIN THE EXPER-
TISE  AND  KNOWLEDGE  OF THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES WORKFORCE AND OF
THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION NEEDS
THROUGHOUT THE FIELD.  THE  OFFICE  SHALL  IMPLEMENT  A  DIRECT  SUPPORT
PROFESSIONAL  CREDENTIAL PILOT PROGRAM TO ASSIST AND ATTRACT INDIVIDUALS
INTO THE FIELD OF DIRECT SUPPORT, ADVANCE DIRECT SUPPORT AS A CAREER AND
PROFESSIONALIZE THE FIELD TO PROMOTE WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
EFFORTS, ADVANCE SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES, AND FURTHER ENSURE THE HEALTH,
SAFETY AND WELL BEING OF INDIVIDUALS BEING SERVED.
  (B) THERE HEREBY IS CREATED THE DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL
PILOT PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE  TO  ASSIST  INDIVIDUALS  IN  THE  FIELD
OBTAIN A CREDENTIAL IN THEIR FIELD OF EXPERTISE.
  (1)  SUCH  PILOT PROGRAM SHALL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE FOR THREE
YEARS. THE PILOT PROGRAM SHALL  INCLUDE  STATE-OPERATED  FACILITIES  AND
NOT-FOR-PROFIT  PROVIDERS,  LICENSED  AND  CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICE.  THE
PURPOSE OF THE PILOT PROGRAM SHALL BE TO ASSESS HOW THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
A STATE ACCREDITED DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL: (A)  PROMOTES
RECRUITMENT  AND  RETENTION  EFFORTS  IN  THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
FIELD, NOTABLY THE DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL  POSITION;  (B)  ENHANCES
COMPETENCE  IN  THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES FIELD; (C) YIELDS QUALITY
SUPPORTS AND SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS  WITH  DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES;
AND  (D)  ADVANCES  THE  HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BY THE
STATE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10817-04-4

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