Resolution J1315-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week in the State of New York

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  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby  Syndrome
Awareness Week in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  The  most recent statistics compiled by the federal government
show that 681,000 children were victims of  abuse  and  neglect  in  the
United  States  in 2011, including 72,625 children in New York State, of
whom 6,825 were under one year of age; and
  WHEREAS, On an average day in the United States, at least  four  chil-
dren will die as a consequence of abuse or neglect by a caregiver; and
  WHEREAS,  Children  younger  than  one  year of age accounted for 42.4
percent of all child abuse and neglect fatalities in 2011, and  children
younger than 4 years-old accounted for 75 percent of all child abuse and
neglect fatalities in 2011; and
  WHEREAS,  The leading cause of death of abused children under age 5 is
Abusive Head Trauma, including the inflicted trauma known as Shaken Baby
Syndrome; and
  WHEREAS, On average 1200 to 1400 children in  the  United  States  are
diagnosed  with  AHT/SBS  every  year,  and medical experts believe many
additional cases are likely misdiagnosed or undetected; and
  WHEREAS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and other inflicted head  trauma  occurs
when  a  caregiver  loses control and shakes a baby or young child, most
frequently less than 1 year of age but in some cases as old as  5  years
of  age, resulting in loss of vision, brain damage, paralysis, seizures,
or death; and
  WHEREAS, Shaken Baby  Syndrome  often  causes  permanent,  irreparable
brain  damage  or  death  to  an  infant,  and  may  result in more than
$1,000,000 in medical and rehabilitation costs for the care of a  single
disabled child during the first years of life; and
  WHEREAS,  A  growing body of medical evidence indicates that even mild
trauma to the brain caused by AHT/SBS is likely to cause learning  disa-
bilities  in  children  and substantially increase the risk of substance
abuse; and
  WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  estimated  in
2011  that  the  average cost of child maltreatment is $210,012 over the
course of a victim's lifetime, including the  costs  of  child  welfare,
special  education,  criminal  justice  expenses,  medical care and lost
productivity as an adult; and
  WHEREAS, It is estimated that the taxpayers of the State of  New  York
may,  though  the  State  Medicaid  program,  pay  as much as 41% of the
medical and rehabilitation costs that result from inflicted  head  inju-
ries; and
  WHEREAS,  The national cost of child abuse is estimated by the Centers
for Disease Control to be more than $124 billion a year, and the cost of
child abuse in New York State is estimated to exceed $13 billion a year;
and
  WHEREAS, The most effective way to end AHT/SBS is by educating parents
and caregivers about the danger of shaking children  and  providing  the
skills  needed  to cope with frustration and anger, and it is clear that
the minimal costs of educational and  preventative  programs  may  avert
enormous  medical  and  disability costs and untold grief for many fami-
lies; and
  WHEREAS, Evidence-based education and awareness programs, such as  the
nationally  recognized New York SBS Prevention Project, developed by Dr.
Mark Dias with the support of the NYS Children and Families Trust  Fund,
and  implemented  in  collaboration  with Kalieda Health Women and Chil-
dren's Hospital of Buffalo and the Maria Fareri Children's  Hospital  of

Westchester,  are shown to raise awareness and provide critically impor-
tant information about SBS to parents, caregivers, daycare workers,  and
health care professionals; and
  WHEREAS,  The  New  York  SBS  Prevention Project and the Maria Fareri
Children's Hospital reported in 2011 that following  the  implementation
of  prevention education at 21 hospitals in the lower Hudson Valley, the
number of cases of AHT dropped by 75%; and
  WHEREAS, Home visiting programs, such as Healthy  Families  New  York,
the  Nurse  Family  Partnership, and other home programs for new parents
have also shown great promise to prevent maltreatment  among  vulnerable
families; and
  WHEREAS,  These  prevention  efforts  are supported by national groups
such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevent Child Abuse  America
and the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as individuals
and  organizations  in  New  York State, such as Prevent Child Abuse New
York, the Cynthia Gibbs Foundation, and the SKIPPER Initiative, who work
to educate new parents and  caregivers,  increase  awareness  among  the
general  public  and  professionals, and encourage increased support for
victims and their families in  the  health  care  and  criminal  justice
systems; and
  WHEREAS,  The  New  York  State Legislature has enacted legislation to
help increase awareness of AHT/SBS by requiring  that:  hospitals  offer
written  information  about  Shaken Baby Syndrome (2001); new child care
providers be educated about the causes, consequences and  prevention  of
SBS  before  they are licensed to care for children (2003); hospitals to
offer new parents the opportunity to watch a  video  about  the  causes,
consequences  and  prevention of SBS so that they can help protect their
child from shaking injuries (2004); the Health Department  coordinate  a
statewide  campaign to educate the public about the causes, consequences
and prevention of SBS (2006); the Education Department provide a curric-
ulum on SBS to schools so that students, who not  only  may  be  parents
some  day,  but  who  may  be  babysitting  for  young children now, are
educated about the importance of coping skills (2006); and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body  wishes  to  commend  those  advocates,
organizations  and agencies of State, county and local governments which
work continuously and tirelessly to educate parents and caregivers about
the causes, consequences and prevention of SBS and other inflicted inju-
ries; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body also wishes to commend the staff of the
New York Shaken Baby Prevention  Program  for  15  successful  years  of
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supporting  prevention  education  for  new parents, since it was estab-
lished in 1998 as the Upstate New York Shaken Baby Prevention Project at
Kalieda Children's Hospital in Buffalo, and subsequently joined with the
Hudson Valley Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Initiative, established in
2007 at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Westchester, to  support
prevention education at all New York State maternity hospitals; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body particularly wishes to recognize the
nurse educators who provide this education to new parents at New  York's
maternity hospitals so every new parent has the opportunity to learn how
they  can help protect their children from shaking injuries; now, there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as
Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week in the State  of
New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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