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Identification and assessment of human trafficking victims
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 28
§ 2805-y. Identification and assessment of human trafficking victims.
1. As used in this section:

(a) "human trafficking victim" shall have the meaning set forth in
section four hundred eighty-three-aa of the social services law;

(b) "subject facility" shall mean a general hospital, public health
center, diagnostic center, treatment center or outpatient department;

(c) "subject facility personnel" shall mean nursing, medical, social
work and other clinical care personnel, and security personnel in the
subject facility service units; and

(d) "subject facility service units" shall mean the service units of
the subject facility that include the following areas: (i) emergency
services; (ii) pediatrics; (iii) obstetrics and gynecology; (iv)
orthopedics; (v) internal medicine; (vi) family medicine; (vii)
radiology; (viii) surgery; (ix) psychiatry; and (x) dental services to
the extent the subject facility maintains a dental clinic, center or
department on site of the subject facility.

2. Every subject facility shall provide for the identification,
assessment, and appropriate treatment or referral of persons suspected
as human trafficking victims, and in the case of persons under eighteen
years old, the reporting of such persons as an abused or maltreated
child if required under title six of article six of the social services
law. The subject facility shall establish and implement written policies
and procedures under this section which shall apply to all subject
facility service units.

3. Every subject facility shall provide, on an ongoing basis, to all
subject facility personnel training regarding the policies and
procedures established under this section, including training in the
recognition of indicators of a human trafficking victim and the
responsibilities of such personnel in dealing with persons suspected as
human trafficking victims. Such training may be incorporated as part of
the subject facility's existing training programs, provided that the
training includes all of the requirements of this section.

4. The commissioner may identify organizations or providers for
consideration by subject facilities to provide training under this
section. The commissioner may, in consultation with the office of
temporary and disability assistance and the office of children and
family services, make regulations under this section.