senate Bill S7917

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to technology systems used for locating missing children with developmental disabilities

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S7917 - Bill Details

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S7917 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a structured review of technology systems used for locating missing children with developmental disabilities; asks for recommendations.

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BILL NUMBER:S7917

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to technology systems used for
locating missing children with developmental disabilities

PURPOSE: To review information technology systems used for locating
missing children for the purpose of making recommendations on the
creation of a statewide communication program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill is the legislative intent.

Section 2 provides that the commissioner of the division of criminal
justice services, in consultation with the commissioner of the office
for people with disabilities shall review information technology
systems used for locating missing children with disabilities including
those that have been established by local governments for locating
missing persons for the purpose of making recommendations on the
creation of a statewide communication program that could be utilized
by entities currently operating or interested in establishing locater
systems. The review shall include but not be limited to:

1. a survey of all current information technology systems used by
local governments including global, positioning systems, radio
termination technology, telemetry and satellite positioning systems;

2. an analysis of appropriate means for coordination of information
sharing amongst entities that currently utilize locator systems;

3. a standardized process to assist local governments and other
entities interested in establishing a locator, system;

4. a process for synchronizing locator systems throughout the state;
and

5. appropriate response procedures by law enforcement when conducting
search and rescue operations involving a child with developmental
disabilities.

Section 3 provides that such review and recommendations shall be
published in a report and provided to the governor, temporary
president of the senate and speaker of the assembly no later than 120
days after the effective date of this act.

Section 4 provides that the superintendent of the department of
financial services, in consultation with the commissioner of the
department of health shall conduct a study to review health insurance
coverage of technology systems used for locating children with
disabilities when the treating physician or licensed health care
provider deems it necessary for the health and safety of the child.
In conducting the study the department shall consider current coverage
for such systems; the impact coverage would have on premiums, the cost
to the state; and to what extent coverage should include rate of use,
repair and maintenance, and monthly subscriber fees.

Section 5 is the effective date.


JUSTIFICATION: The tragedy of Avonte Oquendo who wandered away from
his school never to be round alive highlights the continuing need to
find ways to protect children with disabilities.

Wandering poses a significant danger for children with developmental
disabilities including children with autism. Timing plays a critical
role in preventing wandering incidents and wandering-related deaths of
children with autism or developmental disabilities.

Wandering knows no geographical boundaries. The coordination of search
And rescue protocols that involve locator devices work most
effectively When systems are coordinated. A statewide communication
program would Further support and enhance local governments' efforts
to locate missing Children.

This bill will provide information necessary to make recommendations
for the creation of a statewide communication program that could be
utilized by entities operating locator systems to facilitate the
coordination of locating missing children with disabilities.

Additionally it is important to review health insurance coverage of
These locator systems when the treating physician or licensed health
Care provider deems it necessary for the health and safety of the
child And ascertain the financial impact of insurance coverage for
such Systems on the insurance companies, the state and insured.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7917

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT relating to technology systems used for locating missing children
  with developmental disabilities

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

  Section  1.  The  legislature  hereby finds that the tragedy of Avonte
Oquendo who wandered away from his school never to be found alive  again
highlights  the  continuing  need  to find ways to protect children with
developmental disabilities.  Furthermore,  the  legislature  finds  that
timing  plays  a  crucial  role  in  preventing  wandering incidents and
wandering-related deaths of children with autism or other  developmental
disabilities.  Because  of this, the legislature finds that coordination
of search and rescue protocols that involve locator  devices  work  most
effectively when systems are coordinated.
  S 2. The commissioner of the division of criminal justice services, in
consultation  with the commissioner of the office for people with devel-
opmental disabilities, shall review information technology systems  used
for  locating missing children with developmental disabilities including
those that have been established by local governments for locating miss-
ing persons for the purpose of making recommendations on the creation of
a statewide communication program that could  be  utilized  by  entities
operating  such  locator  systems.  Such review shall include but not be
limited to:
  a. a survey of all current  information  technology  systems  used  by
local  governments  including  but  not  limited  to  global positioning
systems, radiotermination technology, telemetry and satellite  position-
ing systems;
  b.  an  analysis  of appropriate means for coordination of information
sharing amongst entities that currently utilize locator systems;
  c. a standardized process to assist local governments and other  enti-
ties interested in establishing a locator system;
  d.  a  process for synchronizing locator systems throughout the state;
and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15638-01-4

S. 7917                             2

  e. appropriate response procedures by law enforcement when  conducting
search  and rescue operations involving a child with developmental disa-
bilities.
  S  3.  Such review and recommendations made pursuant to section two of
this act shall be published in a report and provided  to  the  governor,
temporary  president  of the senate and speaker of the assembly no later
than one hundred twenty days following enactment.
  S 4.  The superintendent of the department of financial  services,  in
consultation  with  the  commissioner of the department of health, shall
conduct a study  to  review  health  insurance  coverage  of  technology
systems  used for locating children with developmental disabilities when
the treating physician or other licensed health care provider  deems  it
necessary  for  the  health  and  safety of the child. In conducting its
study, the department of financial services shall consider  whether  and
to what extent insurance companies in the state currently cover technol-
ogy  systems used for locating children with developmental disabilities;
whether and to what extent  coverage  of  technology  systems  used  for
locating children with developmental disabilities would impact premiums;
the  cost  to  the state of the new mandate; and to what extent coverage
should  include  rate  of  use,  repair  and  maintenance,  and  monthly
subscriber fees.
  S  5. The department of financial services shall consult with relevant
stakeholders, including insurance companies, consumer  advocacy  groups,
disability  advocacy groups, and any other person or entity such depart-
ment deems necessary. Such department shall issue a report of its  find-
ings  as well as its recommendations as to whether insurance coverage of
technology systems used for locating children with  developmental  disa-
bilities  is  feasible,  the  extent  to  which  such coverage should be
provided, and the impact this would have on premiums as well as the cost
to the state. Such department shall submit its report to  the  governor,
the  temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, and
the chairs of the senate and assembly standing committees  on  insurance
no later than one hundred eighty days following enactment of this act.
  S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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