Directs the state interoperable and emergency communication board to establish system for advance notification of 911 answering points of developmentally disabled present at certain residences and facilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to authorizing the advance notification to local and state safety answering points on persons with developmental disabilities at certain locations
PURPOSE: This legislation will establish and implement a program that authorizes the owner, resident of any residence or operator of any facility that provides services to developmentally disabled persons to provide any local or state safety answering point serving a resident or a facility with information regarding the specific need of any person with development disabilities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One - amends Section 328 of the county law by adding a new subdivision 11 which creates a board with the Commissioner of Health and the Commissioner of Developmental Disabilities. This board will establish and implement a program that authorizes the owner or resident of any residence of the operator of any facility providing services to developmentally disabled persons, to provide any local state safety answering point serving such residence or facility with information of the presence and specific need of any person with developmental disabilities persons.
This facility will provide any local or state safety answering point serving such residence or facility with information of the presence and specific need of any persons with developmental disabilities upon the premises. This information will only be used by emergency personnel if there is an emergency involving the personal with developmental disabilities.
Section Two - states this shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: A leading cause for concern for parents and care providers of children and adults with autism is that they have tendency to run away or wander. Tragically, children and adults with autism are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, and lakes. Drowning is a leading cause of death for a child or adult who has autism. Wandering can also lead to high-risk field contacts with law enforcement or members of the public.
This legislation will help ensure the safety of and lower the risk for a child or adult with special needs from having an unfortunate encounter with first responders, by allowing parents and care providers to be proactive and inform first responders of the person in their cares specific special needs.
By having local 911-call centers red flag specific information in their 911-computer database about the special needs of residents. 911 operators will be able to alert the first responder before they arrive with
key information that can improve the response. When we provide law enforcement with information before an incident occurs, we can expect better responses.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 6/16/11 Passed the Senate 1/4/12 Referred to Local Government
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2662 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to authorizing the advance notification to local and state safety answering points on persons with developmental disabilities at certain locations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 328 of the county law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 11. THE BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH AND THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WHICH AUTHORIZES THE OWNER OR RESIDENT OF ANY RESIDENCE OR THE OPERATOR OF ANY FACILITY PROVIDING SERVICES TO DEVELOPMENTALLY DISA- BLED PERSONS, TO PROVIDE ANY LOCAL OR STATE SAFETY ANSWERING POINT SERV- ING SUCH RESIDENCE OR FACILITY WITH INFORMATION OF THE PRESENCE AND SPECIFIC NEED OF ANY PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES UPON THE PREMISES. ALL SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE CONFIDENTIAL, BUT MAY BE PROVIDED TO ANY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL DISPATCHED TO SUCH RESIDENCE OR FACILITY IN RESPONSE TO AN EMERGENCY CALL. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07293-01-3