Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2020
referred to children and families
|May 07, 2019
referred to children and families
Senate Bill S5572
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Children And Families Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S5572 (ACTIVE) - Details
- Current Committee:
- Senate Children And Families
- Law Section:
- Social Services Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §422, Soc Serv L
2019-S5572 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5572 SPONSOR: MONTGOMERY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the administration of the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment PURPOSE: This bill amends the Social Services Law to replace anonymous reporting to New York's Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) with confidential reporting whereby reporters provide their name and contact information when lodging a report of child abuse or maltreatment. Reporters' safety would still be assured because child welfare agencies would retain the authority to withhold from the accused information that identifies a caller. Replacing anonymous reporting with confidential reporting will deter a significant amount of malicious reporting, allow child welfare agencies to conduct more effective inves- tigations and focus resources on the cases that merit them. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
2019-S5572 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5572 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 7, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the adminis- tration of the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreat- ment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 422 of the social services law, as amended by chapter 357 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows: (a) The central register shall be capable of receiving telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment and of immediately identifying prior reports of child abuse or maltreatment and capable of monitoring the provision of child protective service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To effectuate this purpose, but subject to the provisions of the appropriate local plan for the provision of child protective services, there shall be a single statewide telephone number that all persons, whether mandated by the law or not, may use to make telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment and that all persons so authorized by this title may use for determining the existence of prior reports in order to evaluate the condition or circumstances of a child. In addition to the single statewide telephone number, there shall be a special unlisted express telephone number and a telephone facsimile number for use only by persons mandated by law to make telephone calls, or to transmit telephone facsimile information on a form provided by the commissioner of children and family services, alleging child abuse or maltreatment, and for use by all persons so authorized by this title for determining the existence of prior reports in order to evaluate the condition or circumstances of a child. When any allegations contained in such telephone calls could reasonably constitute a report of child abuse or maltreatment, such allegations, THE CALLER'S NAME, CONTACT INFORMA- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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