assembly Bill A576

2019-2020 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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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 15, 2019 delivered to governor
returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1
substituted for s1046
referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jan 14, 2019 ordered to third reading rules cal.1
rules report cal.1
reported
reported referred to rules
reported referred to codes
Jan 09, 2019 referred to higher education

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A576 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1046
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§6509-e & 6531-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A6983, S4917
2015-2016: A4958, S121
2017-2018: A3977, S263

A576 - Summary

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

A576 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   576

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. GLICK, JAFFEE, O'DONNELL, BARRETT, ZEBROWSKI,
  L. ROSENTHAL, ABINANTI, ARROYO, BUCHWALD, BRONSON, MAGNARELLI, WEPRIN,
  LIFTON, SEAWRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, ENGLEBRIGHT,
  GALEF, HEVESI, LAVINE, RICHARDSON, RYAN, STECK, STIRPE, THIELE -- read
  once and referred 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

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