|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|
senate Bill S121
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S121 - Details
S121 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S121 TITLE OF BILL : 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 PURPOSE : This bill would prohibit a mental health professional, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age. The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a licensed mental health professional shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject the provider to discipline by the provider's licensing entity. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill adds new Sections 6509-d and 6531-a to the Education Law regulating professional misconduct. Section 1 establishes the legislative intent of the bill. Sections 2 and 3 define certain terms and provide that the license,
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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