Requires the director of the office of the aging to develop materials for employees and volunteers relating to elder abuse awareness in social adult day services programs.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Ball
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to requiring the director of the office of the aging to develop materials relating to elder abuse awareness in social adult day services programs
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase awareness of elder abuse among employees and volunteers of social adult day programs.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 2 of section 215 of the Elder Law to require the director of the State Office for the Aging to develop materials for employees and volunteers of social adult day services and social adult day care programs. Materials would include, but not be limited to, ways to discuss suspected elder abuse with seniors and resources for counseling, shelter, and other assistance.
EXISTING LAW: None
JUSTIFICATION: The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every case of elder abuse that is reported, another five may go unreported. Increasing awareness of elder abuse and the resources available for victims can result in more victims being identified and helped. Providing awareness materials to employees and volunteers who interact with seniors regularly in adult day programs can allow instances of elder abuse to be identified and addressed before a tragedy occurs.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7282 of 2012 - Referred to Aging
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2093 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to requiring the director of the office of the aging to develop materials relating to elder abuse awareness in social adult day services programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 215 of the elder law is amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: (C) THE DIRECTOR SHALL DEVELOP MATERIALS FOR EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS OF PROGRAMS PROVIDING SOCIAL ADULT DAY SERVICES OR SOCIAL ADULT DAY CARE ON THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ELDER ABUSE. SUCH MATERIALS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, WAYS TO DISCUSS SUSPECTED ELDER ABUSE WITH SENIORS WHERE ABUSE IS SUSPECTED AND RESOURCES TO WHICH SENIORS MAY BE REFERRED FOR COUNSELING, SHELTER, OR OTHER ASSISTANCE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01911-01-3