Permits an applicant for public assistance or care to select the local social services office most accessible to such person's residence if such office is in the local social services district in which such person resides and such office has the capacity to accept such person; requires written notification of this provision be given to an applicant by the social services official.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to assignment of social services recipients to local offices
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to improve an individual's accessibility to a local social services office.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The social services law is amended by adding a new section 134-c. This bill would provide that an individual applying for or receiving public assistance or care may choose the local social services office most geographically accessible to that person's residence, provided that the office in question has the capacity to handle the case. An applicant or recipient would receive written notice of this provision.
Many social services applicants and recipients have to travel to offices which are far from their place of residence. This bill would require the assignment of these people to the local office which is the most accessible to their residence. By requiring this, social services applicants and recipients will not have to travel to a randomly assigned social services office and incur unnecessary expenses. In addition, the social services office will be accessible to the community it serves and more aware of the needs of its clients.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
1991/1992: A.5272 1995/1996: A.2300 1997/1998: A.1631 1999/2000: A.2496 2001/2002: A.1345 2003/2004: A.2183 2004/2005: A.3368 2005/2006: A.3688A 2007/2008: A.950-A 2007/2008: S.494A 2009/2010: S.1650A/A.2417 - Advanced to Third Reading/Passed Assembly
This act shall take effect immediately provided, however, that the commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Services shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement the provisions of this act on or before January 1, 2013.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1324 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. DILAN, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to assignment of social services recipients to local offices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 134-c to read as follows: S 134-C. ASSIGNMENT TO LOCAL OFFICES. FOR THE PURPOSES OF ASSIGNING A PERSON APPLYING FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR CARE ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN TO A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE, THE SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIAL SHALL ALLOW SUCH PERSON TO CHOOSE THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE MOST ACCESSIBLE TO SUCH PERSON'S PLACE OF RESIDENCE, PROVIDED THAT SUCH LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT IN WHICH SUCH PERSON RESIDES, PROVIDED THAT THE CAPACITY OF SUCH OFFICE PERMITS THE ASSIGNMENT. THE SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIAL SHALL INFORM, IN WRITING, AN APPLICANT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR CARE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately provided, however, that the commissioner of the office of temporary and disability assistance shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to imple- ment the provisions of this act on or before January 1, 2013.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02922-01-1