Establishes a temporary commission on child abuse prevention.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child abuse prevention programs across the state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 states legislative findings.
Section 2 establishes the "commission of child abuse prevention."
Section 3 provides the rules of appointment to the commission.
Section 4 provides that the members of the commission shall receive no compensation but are allowed reimbursement for expenses.
Section 5 provides that the commission is allowed to utilize personnel for the purposes of its functions and possess the powers of a legislative committee.
Section 6 provides that the commission may undertake studies, inquiries, surveys or analyst in cooperation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency.
Section 7 provides that the commission is required to make report of its findings to the Governor and legislative leaders within one year after the effective date of this act.
Section 8 establishes an effective date.
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: Approximately 1,300 children die each year in this country as a result of child abuse and neglect and many others receive serious injuries. In New York State, approximately 80,000 children are found to be maltreated each year.
Child abuse and neglect has been rising across the State and more resources are expended to treat the consequences including incarceration, court costs, foster care and more. A study by Prevent Child Abuse New York estimated these costs to be approximately $2.4 Billion each year; while the amount spent on primary prevention is less that $30 million.
Tragic cases of child abuse are reported in the press on a regular basis and while these reports focus on the most horrific cases, most cases of child abuse are preventable. These cases range from severe neglect to the explosive shaking of a crying baby.
Research has demonstrated that programs focusing on education and training of future and new parents are the most practical and cost-effective means for preventing child abuse and neglect.
Effective prevention programs that promote the safety and well-being of children and families can reduce the suffering of children, assist
parents in developing better parenting skills and reduce the economic costs to society. The total financial costs of child abuse and neglect are quite high, but the benefits or savings from investing in prevention programs also are quite high.
Many prevention programs address not only child abuse prevention but other aspects of family dynamics that threaten child and family well-being. These the eats include preventable health conditions such as low birth weight, infant mortality, drug addicted babies and more. These programs often provide referrals, education, expertise, and most importantly stability for at-risk families.
While a number of these preventive programs have proven to be both beneficial and cost effective, they are currently only offered to a small number of families at risk of abuse and neglect. For example, home visitation is only available to about 10% to 14% of eligible families.
By studying the availability of successful prevention program,: and the best way to expand their services to more families at risk, we can save numerous children from having to endure abuse and neglect while saving the state considerable fiscal resources.
S.7514 of 2010 - Referred to Finance S.2163 of 2011 - Passed Senate 05/15/12
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2095 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 Finance AN ACT to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child abuse prevention programs across the state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby acknowledges that child abuse is a continuing societal problem in the state affecting at least 80,000 children each year. In recent years, there has been research on the long-term effects of child abuse on the individual as well as society. The vast majority of research has demonstrated that the consequences of child abuse are grave, damaging and often spill over into a person's adult life. Adverse effects have been identified in maltreated children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social develop- ment. Furthermore, the legislature finds that the failure to address child abuse through preventive measures not only harms a million children each year in this country, it imposes a tremendous cost to society. Like most states, New York spends a considerable amount of fiscal and human resources to treat the numerous consequences of child abuse and maltreatment. The failure to invest in prevention results in a signif- icantly greater amount of resources needed to treat the outcomes. S 2. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "commission of child abuse prevention", is hereby established to examine, evaluate and make recommendations concerning child abuse prevention efforts in the state. The commission shall consider the need for additional legislation as well as a stable source of funding for child abuse prevention programs. Specific issues to be addressed by the commission shallEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03717-01-3 S. 2095 2
include home visitation programs and screening for families at risk of child maltreatment. S 3. The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; two members to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and two members to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall have demonstrated expertise in and experience with the field of child abuse prevention. A chairperson and vice-chairperson of such commission shall be elected by the majority of its members, all members being present. S 4. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder. S 5. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions. Such commission may meet and hold public and/or private hearings within or without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. S 6. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or analyses it may deem relevant in cooperation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency. S 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and appropriate, to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than one year after the effective date of this act. S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 1 year after such effective date.