senate Bill S121

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Designates engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 04, 2016 reported and committed to mental health and developmental disabilities
Mar 04, 2016 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 06, 2016 referred to higher education
Jan 07, 2015 referred to higher education

Votes

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May 4, 2016 - Higher Education committee Vote

S121
8
2
committee
8
Aye
2
Nay
8
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Higher Education Committee Vote: May 4, 2016

nay (2)
excused (1)

Co-Sponsors

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S121 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4958
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§6509-d & 6531-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S4917B, A6983B

S121 - Summary

Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.

S121 - Sponsor Memo

S121 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   121

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. HOYLMAN, GIANARIS, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, DILAN, ESPAIL-
  LAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, KRUEGER, LATIMER, MARTINS, MONTGOMERY,
  PARKER, PERALTA, PERKINS, RIVERA, SAVINO, SERRANO, SQUADRON, STAVISKY,
  VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to prohibiting mental
  health  professionals  from  engaging  in  sexual  orientation  change
  efforts  with  a patient under the age of eighteen years and expanding
  the definition of  professional  misconduct  with  respect  to  mental
  health professionals

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings and intent.  The  Legislature  hereby
finds and declares all of the following:
  a.  Being  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual  or  transgender is not a disease,
disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming.  The  major  professional
associations  of  mental  health  practitioners  and  researchers in the
United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.
  b. The American Psychological Association convened  a  Task  Force  on
Appropriate  Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The task force
conducted a systematic review of  peer-reviewed  journal  literature  on
sexual orientation change efforts, and issued a report in 2009. The task
force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical
health  risks to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, including
confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame,  social
withdrawal,  suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-
blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-
hatred, hostility and  blame  toward  parents,  feelings  of  anger  and
betrayal,  loss  of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in
sexual and emotional  intimacy,  sexual  dysfunction,  high-risk  sexual

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

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