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Hospital domestic violence policies and procedures
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 28
§ 2805-z. Hospital domestic violence policies and procedures. 1. Every
general hospital shall: (a) develop, maintain and disseminate written
policies and procedures for the identification, assessment, treatment
and referral of confirmed or suspected cases of domestic violence; (b)
establish, and implement on an ongoing basis, a training program for all
nursing, medical, social work and other clinical personnel, and security
personnel working in hospital service units regarding the policies and
procedures established pursuant to this section; and (c) designate a
staff member to contact the domestic violence or victim assistance
organization identified by the commissioner under subdivision three of
this section providing victim assistance to the geographic area served
by such hospital to establish the coordination of services to domestic
violence victims.

2. Upon admittance or commencement of treatment of a confirmed or
suspected domestic violence victim, such hospital shall advise the
victim of the availability of the services of a domestic violence or
victim assistance organization. If after receiving such advice the
domestic violence victim wishes the presence of a domestic violence or
victim assistance advocate, such hospital shall contact the appropriate
organization and request that one be provided.

3. The commissioner shall promulgate such rules and regulations as may
be necessary and proper to carry out effectively the provisions of this
section. Prior to promulgating such rules and regulations, the
commissioner shall consult with the office for the prevention of
domestic violence and other such persons as the commissioner deems
necessary to develop a model policy for hospitals to utilize in
complying with this section and to identify the domestic violence or
victim assistance organizations operating in each hospital's geographic
area, a list of which the commissioner shall provide to hospitals with
the model policy.