senate Bill S7042

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to technological improvements to the statewide central register

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Apr 21, 2014 referred to children and families

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S7042 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง422, Soc Serv L

S7042 - Bill Texts

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Improves child welfare investigations by improving the central register - requiring calls made to the central register be recorded and such recording made part of any report of suspected child abuse or neglect.

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BILL NUMBER:S7042

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to technological improvements to the central register

PURPOSE:

This bill would require the Office of Children and Family Services to
record all phone calls made to the central register and include this
recording in any report of suspected child abuse or neglect.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the social services law to require calls made to the
central register be recorded and such recording made part of any
report of suspected child abuse or neglect. This section also requires
that all recordings that did not constitute a report of child abuse or
neglect be maintained for at least two years and those that did
constitute a report of child abuse or neglect be maintained for at
least five years.

Section 2 sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The central register was established as part of the Child Protective
Services Act of 1973 to encourage more complete reporting of child
abuse and maltreatment. There have been few enhancements to the system
in the forty years since its creation. This bill requires the Office
of Children and Family Services to record all calls made to the
central register. The recording must be transmitted as part of the
record of an allegation of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate
local child protective services agency for investigation. This will
make it easier for child protection workers to investigate reports
made to the central register. This bill also requires the Office of
Children and Family Services to maintain recordings of any call that
did not constitute a report of child abuse or neglect for at least two
years and any call that did constitute a report of child abuse or
neglect for at least five years.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

The Office of Children and Family Services would be required to invest
resources into improvements to the central register.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on January 1, 2016.

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

                                  7042

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  technological
  improvements to the central register

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 422 of the social services law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (a-1) to read as follows:
  (A-1)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, NO LATER
THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, THE  OFFICE  OF  CHILDREN  AND
FAMILIES SERVICES AS PART OF THE CENTRAL REGISTER SHALL:
  (I) RECORD ALL VOICE CALLS MADE TO THE CENTRAL REGISTER AND SHALL MAKE
SUCH RECORDING A PART OF ANY REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT;
  (II)  IMMEDIATELY  TRANSMIT SUCH VOICE RECORDING AS PART OF THE RECORD
OF AN ALLEGATION OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT  TO  THE  APPROPRIATE  LOCAL
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR INVESTIGATION; AND
  (III) MAINTAIN RECORDINGS OF ANY CALL THAT DID NOT CONSTITUTE A REPORT
OF  CHILD  ABUSE OR NEGLECT FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS AND ANY CALL THAT DID
CONSTITUTE A REPORT OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2016.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14784-02-4

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