senate Bill S865

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the establishment of a caregiver support program for grandparents and other older adult relative caregivers

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May 13, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
Mar 12, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to aging

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May 13, 2014 - Aging committee Vote

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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Aging Committee Vote: May 13, 2014

nay (1)
aye wr (2)

Mar 12, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

S865
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Aging Committee Vote: Mar 12, 2013

nay (1)
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S865 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1961
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S270, A9073
2009-2010: S1557, A1840

S865 - Bill Texts

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Creates a caregiver support program for grandparents and other older adult relative caregivers who are providing primary care for children aged 18 and under either formally or informally to provide technical assistance, counseling and other resources.

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BILL NUMBER:S865

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to authorizing the state office
for the aging to implement a caregiver support program for grandparents
and other older relatives who are caring for children

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to provide assistance for grandparents who
are raising their grandchildren.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 224.
Authorizes the State Office for the Aging (SOFA) to establish a
Grandparent Caregiver Support program to provide support services for
grandparents and other older relatives who are providing primary care
for a child.

Allows for the creation of grandparent caregiver resource centers by
local Area Agencies on Aging, provides information and referral for
grandparent caregivers, provides technical assistance and training
for grandparent caregiver support groups, provides counseling for
grandparent caregivers, and provides publications related to the
services available to grandparent caregivers.

Section 2. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
There are over 240,000 children being raised in grandparent-headed
households in New York State. Many grandparents assume responsibility
for their grandchildren under critical circumstances, such as drug
addiction or incarceration of the parents, death of the parents, and
mental health or disability issues faced by the parents. However,
grandparent caregivers are often unaware of services available to
them for assistance. The Grandparent Caregiver Support Program
proposed by this legislation would provide grandparent caregivers
with the resources and assistance they need to care for their
grandchildren.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.270 - Referred to Aging/A.266 - Referred to Aging
2011: S.270 - Reported and Committed to Finance/A.266 -
Referred to Aging
2010: S.1557 - Reported and Committed to Finance/A.1840 - Reported,
Referred to Ways and Means
2009: S.1557 - Advanced to Third Reading/A.1840 - Reported Referred to
Ways and Means
2008: S.8266 - Referred to Aging/A.10013 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   865

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the elder law, in  relation  to  authorizing  the  state
  office  for  the  aging  to  implement a caregiver support program for
  grandparents and other older relatives who are caring for children

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

  Section  1.  The  elder  law is amended by adding a new section 224 to
read as follows:
  S 224. GRANDPARENT CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM. 1. THE DIRECTOR IS HERE-
BY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED, TO THE EXTENT APPROPRIATIONS  ARE  AVAILABLE
THEREFOR,  TO  DEVELOP  AND  ESTABLISH  A  GRANDPARENT CAREGIVER SUPPORT
PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUPPORT SERVICES TO GRANDPARENTS OR
OTHER OLDER ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS WHO ARE PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE FOR
A CHILD.
  2. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  (A) "GRANDPARENT OR OTHER OLDER ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS" SHALL  MEAN
A  GRANDPARENT OR STEPGRANDPARENT OF A CHILD OR A RELATIVE OF A CHILD BY
BLOOD OR MARRIAGE WHO:
  (I) IS SIXTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, AND
  (II) LIVES WITH THE CHILD, AND
  (III) PROVIDES PRIMARY CARE FOR THE CHILD BECAUSE  THE  BIOLOGICAL  OR
ADOPTIVE  PARENTS  ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO SERVE AS THE PRIMARY CARE-
GIVER OF THE CHILD, AND
  (IV) IS THE CUSTODIAN OR GUARDIAN OF THE  CHILD,  OR  IS  RAISING  THE
CHILD INFORMALLY.
  (B)  "CHILD"  SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR
YOUNGER.
  3. THE GRANDPARENT CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM MAY INCLUDE, BUT  IS  NOT
LIMITED TO:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00432-01-3

S. 865                              2

  (A)  THE  CREATION  OF GRANDPARENT CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTERS BY LOCAL
OFFICES FOR THE AGING IN NEW YORK STATE,
  (B)  TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING FOR GRANDPARENT AND OTHER OLDER
ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUPS,
  (C) INFORMATION AND REFERRAL FOR GRANDPARENT  AND  OTHER  OLDER  ADULT
RELATIVE CAREGIVERS,
  (D) ASSISTANCE TO GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER OLDER ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIV-
ERS IN GAINING ACCESS TO AVAILABLE SERVICES,
  (E) COUNSELING TO GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER OLDER ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIV-
ERS  IN MAKING DECISIONS AND SOLVING PROBLEMS RELATING TO THEIR CAREGIV-
ING ROLES, AND
  (F) THE PUBLICATION AND DISSEMINATION OF PRINTED MATERIAL  RELATED  TO
SERVICES  AVAILABLE TO GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER OLDER ADULT RELATIVE CARE-
GIVERS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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