Resolution J4488-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 20-26, 2014, as Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week in NYS

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 11, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 20-26, 2014, 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
estimate that 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in  the
United  States in 2012, of whom 19.9 percent were under one year of age;
and
  WHEREAS, That statistic includes 68,375 children in New York State, of
whom 6,720 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 parent or other
person entrusted with their care; and
  WHEREAS, Children younger than one year  of  age  accounted  for  44.4
percent  of all child abuse and neglect fatalities in 2012, and children
four years of age or younger account for 70.3 percent of all child abuse
and neglect fatalities in 2012; and
  WHEREAS, The leading cause of death of abused children under age  five
is  Abusive  Head Trauma, including the inflicted trauma known as Shaken
Baby Syndrome; and
  WHEREAS, On average 1,200 to 1,400 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 one year of age but in some cases as  old  as  five
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 of inflicted head injuries; and
  WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control estimates child  abuse  costs
our nation 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 the minimal  costs
of  educational and preventative programs may avert enormous medical and
disability costs and untold grief for many families; 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  NYS Office of Children and Family Services supports the
work of hospital based education programs through  the  efforts  of  the
Safe  Babies  New York program, bringing this and other important safety
information to the families of 160,000 babies born last year in New York
State; and
  WHEREAS, Home visiting programs, such as Healthy  Families  New  York,
the  Nurse  Family  Partnership, and other programs for new parents show
great promise for preventing maltreatment; 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 particularly wishes to recognize the
nurse educators who provide education  to  new  parents  at  New  York's
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maternity  hospitals  so  that  every  new parent has the opportunity to
learn how they can help protect their child from shaking injuries;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 20-26,  2014,  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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