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Bill S1538B-2009

Requires dissemination by certain state agencies of information pertaining to social services and financial assistance available to crime victims

Requires police stations, district attorney offices, hospitals and other places where crimes may, or must, be reported to make available to crime victims printed information pertaining to social services and financial assistance for such crime victims.

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Actions

  • Jun 14, 2010: returned to senate
  • Jun 14, 2010: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 1, 2010: referred to governmental operations
  • Mar 1, 2010: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 1, 2010: PASSED SENATE
  • Feb 24, 2010: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Feb 23, 2010: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 22, 2010: 1ST REPORT CAL.139
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Jan 6, 2010: returned to senate
  • Jan 6, 2010: died in assembly
  • Apr 20, 2009: referred to governmental operations
  • Apr 20, 2009: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Apr 20, 2009: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 24, 2009: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 1538B
  • Mar 4, 2009: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1538A
  • Feb 25, 2009: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Feb 24, 2009: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 23, 2009: 1ST REPORT CAL.48
  • Feb 2, 2009: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction - Feb 22, 2010
Ayes (14): Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Kruger, Sampson, Duane, Serrano, Aubertine, Foley, Golden, Nozzolio, Volker, Maziarz, Little, Winner

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S1538B

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to providing information on victim and witness assistance programs to crime victims

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To provide crime victims with information on victim assistance programs available to them following victimization. This legislation requires that information given to victims about victim assistance programs at such places as the police station, precinct house, hospital emergency room, domestic violence shelter or homeless shelter, shall be limited to those programs funded by the Crime Victims Board to ensure accuracy.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Subdivision 1 and 1-a of section 625-a of the executive law, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 173 of the laws of 2006, subdivision 1-a as added by chapter 416 of the laws of 1979 are amended. Subdivision 1 of section 625-b of the executive law as added by chapter 173 of the laws of 2006 is amended.

JUSTIFICATION : The need for accurate information regarding victim assistance programs is extremely important. One who has been criminally victimized often suffers severe physical, psychological and/or financial impairment.

Adequate help from the very beginning can encourage "functional reconstruction" of the defendant so that later psychological intervention is less likely to be necessary. This important assistance can often take place if the crime victim is given adequate information, especially since one who has been victimized may be in a state of shock or confusion and desperately needs Support but may be unable to get it unassisted.

This legislation provides that only those victim assistance programs funded by the Crime Victims Board shall be provided. The CVB carefully vets and continuously monitors the victim assistance programs that it funds to ensure that these programs provide accurate and useful information to victims in their time of need.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This legislation has been previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : $5,000 to $10,000 for information preparation and distribution by the Crime Victims Board.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Six (6) months after it shall have become a law.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1538--B Cal. No. 48 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 2, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. STAVISKY, ADAMS, DIAZ, DUANE, HUNTLEY, KRUEGER, MONSERRATE, ONORATO, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction -- reported favorably from said commit- tee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to providing information on victim and witness assistance programs to crime victims THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 1-a of section 625-a of the executive law, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 173 of the laws of 2006, subdi- vision 1-a as added by chapter 416 of the laws of 1979, are amended to read as follows: 1. Every police station, precinct house, GENERAL HOSPITAL ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE WHICH MAINTAINS FACILITIES FOR PROVIDING OUT-PATIENT EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS, HOMELESS SHELTERS, any appropriate location where a crime may, OR MUST UNDER THE BOARD'S RULES AND REGULATIONS, be reported and any location required by the rules and regulations of the board shall have available informative booklets, pamphlets and other pertinent written information, including information cards, to be supplied by the board, relating to the avail- ability of crime victims compensation including all necessary applica- tion blanks required to be filed with the board and shall display promi- nently posters giving notification of the existence and general provisions of this article, those provisions of the penal law that prohibit the intimidation of crime victims and the location of the near- est crime victim service program. The board may issue guidelines for the location of such display and shall provide posters, application forms,
information cards and general information. Every victim who reports a crime in any manner whatsoever, AND WHO PROVIDES THEIR NAME AND ADDRESS, shall be given notice about the rights of crime victims and the exist- ence of all relevant local victim's assistance programs and services WHICH ARE FUNDED BY THE CRIME VICTIMS BOARD, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RAPE CRISIS CENTERS, ELDERLY VICTIM PROJECTS, VICTIM ASSISTANCE HOTLINES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS AND PROGRAMS pursuant to section six hundred twenty-five-b of this article, and supplied by the person receiving the report with information, application blanks, and informa- tion cards which shall clearly state: (a) that crime victims may be eligible for state compensation benefits; (b) the address and phone number of the nearest board office; (c) that police and district attor- neys can help protect victims against harassment and intimidation; (d) the addresses and phone numbers of local victim service programs FUNDED BY THE BOARD, where appropriate, or space for inserting that information AND A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY SUCH PROGRAM; or (e) any other information the board deems appropriate. Such cards shall be designed by the board in consultation with local police, and shall be printed and distributed by the board. The crime victims board shall develop a system for distributing a sufficient supply of the information cards referred to in this subdivision, to all the appropriate designated locations, which shall include a schedule for meeting that requirement. [1-a. Every general hospital established under the laws of this state, which maintains facilities for providing out-patient emergency medical care, shall display prominently in its emergency room posters giving notification of the existence and general provisions of this chapter. The board may issue guidelines for the location of such display and shall provide posters, application forms and general information regard- ing the provision of this chapter to each such hospital.] S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 625-b of the executive law, as added by chapter 173 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: 1. The commissioner of the division of criminal justice services in cooperation with the crime victims board shall develop and implement a standardized procedure to be used by police officers, county sheriffs' departments [and], state police officers, GENERAL HOSPITALS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE WHICH MAINTAIN FACILITIES FOR PROVIDING OUT-PATIENT EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS AND HOME- LESS SHELTERS whereby victims of crime are notified about the rights of crime victims and the existence of programs FUNDED BY THE BOARD designed to assist crime victims. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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