Directs social services districts to contract with non-residential programs for victims of domestic violence to provide outreach and education to students in public and private high schools; provides for state reimbursement therefor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing school-outreach domestic violence prevention programs
PURPOSE: Directs social services districts to contract with non-residential programs for victims of domestic violence to provide outreach and education in high schools.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Subdivision 5 of section 459-a of the social services law by excluding the requirement that victims of domestic violence and their children constitute at least 70% of the clientele of a "non-residential program for victims of domestic violence", if such program is providing school-outreach domestic violence prevention.
Section 2 amends section 459-c of the social services law by adding a new subdivision 3, which requires a social services district to purchase a domestic violence program for public and private middle and high school students from a non-residential, not-for-profit organization operating a program for victims of domestic violence, and that 100% of expenditures by the social services district where appropriately expressed, shall be state reimbursed.
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: Abuse in teen relationships is on the rise, with various studies estimating that 25%-33% of teenage girls will experience physical abuse in a relationship by the age of eighteen. Information about violence in families and relationships, its dynamics, how to hold the abuser accountable, and the community resources for victims and survivors, is critical. There are many requests from middle and high schools for this type of program but no funding sources.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2003-2004: S.4233 - Died in Committee 2005-2006: S.1294 - Died in Committee 2007-2008: S.3163 - Died in Committee 2009-2010: S.1276 - Died in Committee 2011-2012: S.322 - Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect 120 days after enactment providing the commissioner of children and family services is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations necessary for implementation.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1380 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SERRANO, STAVISKY -- 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 establishing school-outreach domestic violence prevention programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 459-a of the social services law, as amended by chapter 169 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 5. "Non-residential program for victims of domestic violence" means any program operated by a not-for-profit organization, for the purpose of providing non-residential services to victims of domestic violence, including, but not limited to, information and referral services, advo- cacy, counseling, and community education and outreach activities and providing or arranging for hotline services. Victims of domestic violence and their children, if any, shall constitute at least seventy percent of the clientele of such programs; PROVIDED THAT CLIENTELE IN A SCHOOL-OUTREACH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM SHALL BE DISRE- GARDED IN MAKING THIS CALCULATION. S 2. Section 459-c of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. (A) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION AND THE REGULATIONS OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, A SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT SHALL PURCHASE FROM A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OPERATING A NON-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PROVIDE TO STUDENTS WITHIN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL SETTINGS A PROGRAM OF INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES, ADVOCACY, COUNSELING, AND EDUCATION ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03902-01-3 S. 1380 2
(B) TO THE EXTENT THAT FUNDS ARE APPROPRIATED EXPRESSLY THEREFOR, STATE REIMBURSEMENT SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE EXPENDITURES MADE BY A SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT FOR PROGRAMS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the commissioner of the office of children and family services is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.