Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrances/exits of all facilities run by the office for people with developmental disabilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with developmental disabilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the Office for people with Developmental Disabilities to place video cameras on the entrance and exit of all facilities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Amends the mental hygiene law to provide that, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, including group homes, residential homes, inpatient facilities, and all other facilities to install video cameras at all entrances and exits; to ensure safety the commissioner, in consultation with the State police, shall develop a system for maintaining such recorded images.
Section 2 - This act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: This act shall informally be known as "Paula's Law" for Paula Liblick a 61 year old OPWDD resident in a group home in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Liblick was assaulted and raped by a intruder to the home but since no mechanism existed to catalogue visitors to the home, no suspects were identified except for the two long-term staff at the home. Also, recently the New York Times ran a series of stories entitled "At State Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity" which highlighted many of the problems in the state run homes, facilities and programs.
We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public buildings and institutions in an effort to protect the residents and property at these sites. So, certainly, the residents and participants of the state run OPWDD programs, who are society's most vulnerable, deserve to be protected in the same manner.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.4817 - Referred to Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2000 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with develop- mental disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13.25 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (c) to read as follows: (C) FACILITIES OPERATED BY THE OFFICE, INCLUDING GROUP HOMES, RESIDEN- TIAL HOMES, INPATIENT FACILITIES AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES UNDER THIS TITLE SHALL INSTALL VIDEO CAMERAS AT ALL ENTRANCES AND EXITS. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE POLICE, SHALL DEVELOP A SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING SUCH RECORDED IMAGES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02682-01-3