|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Dec 29, 2014||approval memo.33|
|Dec 17, 2014||delivered to governor|
|Jun 19, 2014||returned to assembly|
3rd reading cal.1622
substituted for s7667
|Jun 19, 2014||substituted by a9702|
ordered to third reading cal.1622
committee discharged and committed to rules
|May 27, 2014||referred to social services|
senate Bill S7667Signed By Governor
Archive: Last Bill Status Via A9702 - Signed by Governor
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
S7667 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Social Services Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §20, Soc Serv L
S7667 - Summary
Requires written comments to be included in reports provided by local social services districts in reports on the death of certain children.
S7667 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7667 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring written comments to be included in reports by local social services districts on the death of certain children PURPOSE: To prevent future child deaths by improving child fatality reports through inclusion of LDSS comments. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 20, subdivision 5-b of the Social Services law to allow for written comments by local social services districts in child fatality reports. Subdivision 5-C is amended to require the office of Children and family Services to forward the proposed report to local social service districts referenced in the report thirty days prior to its release, and allows the districts twenty days to provide written comments to the department to be included in the report. JUSTIFICATION: OCFS child fatality reports do not detail circumstances of children's deaths. Instead, these reports audit LDSS actions. In the vast majority of fatalities LDSS actions are immaterial to the fatality. The statute does not provide localities the opportunity to comment. LDSS' have voiced two significant concerns. First, these reports detail state regulatory requirements immaterial to a child's death, creating a false impression that
S7667 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7667 I N S E N A T E May 27, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring writ- ten comments to be included in reports by local social services districts on the death of certain children THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 20 of the social services law, as amended by chapter 12 of the laws of 1996, paragraph (a) as amended by section 1 of part D of chapter 501 of the laws of 2012 and paragraph (d) as amended by chapter 136 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: 5. (a) In the case of the death of a child whose care and custody or custody and guardianship has been transferred to an authorized agency, other than a vulnerable person as defined in article eleven of this chapter, or the death of a child for whom any local department of social services has an open child protective services or preventive services case, or in the case of a report made to the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment involving the death of a child, the office of children and family services shall (i) investigate or provide for an investigation of the cause of and circumstances surrounding such death, (ii) review such investigation, and (iii) prepare and issue a report on such death, except where a report is issued by an approved local or regional fatality review team in accordance with section four hundred twenty-two-b of this chapter. (b) Such report shall include (i) the cause of death, whether from natural or other causes, (ii) identification of child protective or other services provided or actions taken regarding such child and his or her family, (iii) any extraordinary or pertinent information concerning the circumstances of the child's death, (iv) whether the child or the child's family had received assistance, care or services from the social services district prior to such child's death, (v) any action or further investigation undertaken by the department or by the local social services district since the death of the child, [and] (vi) as appropri- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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