senate Bill S897

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the peer advocacy and mentoring program

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S897 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4356
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง522-a, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3076, A7038
2009-2010: S6961, A10806

S897 - Summary

Establishes the peer advocacy and mentoring program; provides peer support, advocacy and mentoring for youth in residential care.

S897 - Sponsor Memo

S897 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   897

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the  peer
  advocacy and mentoring program

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

  Section 1.  The executive law is amended by adding a new section 522-a
to read as follows:
  S 522-A. PEER ADVOCACY AND  MENTORING  PROGRAM.  1.  THERE  IS  HEREBY
CREATED  WITHIN THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, A PEER ADVO-
CACY AND MENTORING PROGRAM.
  2. THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL,  IN  CONSULTATION
WITH  THE  OFFICE  OF  MENTAL HEALTH AND WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED
THEREFOR, CONTRACT WITH A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION  OR  ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIALIZING  IN  PROVIDING  PEER  SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY TO YOUTH AND THE
NEEDS OF YOUTH, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO  EMOTIONAL  AND  BEHAVIORAL
NEEDS,  TO ESTABLISH A PEER ADVOCACY AND MENTORING PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM
SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE PEER SUPPORT, ADVOCACY  AND  MENTORING  FOR
YOUTH RESIDING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPHS
(B)  AND (G) OF SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED TWELVE-A OF THE
SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.
  3. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE  CONTRARY,
PRIORITY  FOR  SERVICES  UNDER  THE  PEER ADVOCACY AND MENTORING PROGRAM
SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOUTH WHO WERE PLACED IN RESIDENTIAL CARE PURSUANT  TO
SECTION  353.3  OF  THE  FAMILY  COURT ACT, AND WHO RESIDE IN FACILITIES
DESCRIBED IN SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
  4. PEER ADVOCATES ACTING AS EMPLOYEES OR VOLUNTEERS IN THE PEER  ADVO-
CACY AND MENTORING PROGRAM SHALL: (A) BE INDIVIDUALS BETWEEN THE AGES OF
SIXTEEN AND THIRTY WHO HAVE:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02727-01-3

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