Bill S3289-2009

Requires SUNY or CUNY students enrolled in undergraduate psychology program to complete 12 hours volunteer service

Requires SUNY or CUNY students enrolled in undergraduate psychology program to complete 12 hours volunteer service.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Mar 13, 2009: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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 BILL NUMBER:  S3289

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring students enrolled in the undergraduate psychology program within the SUNY and CUNY systems to complete 12 hours of documented volunteer service with certain places or programs

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To expand the number of available volunteers at suicide prevention hotlines and/or centers; domestic abuse hotlines and/or centers; eating disorder hotlines and/or centers; expressive therapy counseling center; or any call centers or counseling centers with programs that specifically pertain to issues such as abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem and weight disorders.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : * The education law is amended by adding new section 355-d. This section requires all psychology undergraduate students attending a SUNY school must complete twelve hours of volunteer service at a counseling center which meets the approval of their assigned psychology faculty member. The section also requires that the designated faculty member track and document a student's completed hours of volunteer service, and ensure that the student meets program standards.

* The bill also amends the education law by adding a new section 6235, which requires CUNY psychology undergraduate students to fulfill the same requirements that have been stated for SUNY psychology undergraduates.

JUSTIFICATION : New York State has an obligation to promote volunteerism and all the benefits it can do for an individual's community and for their prospective occupational aspirations. Hotlines are a vital resource in helping New York State residents in time of need. These hotlines offer assistance to people that are dealing with depression, anxiety, domestic violence, weight disorders, and a multitude of other problems. In some instances just knowing that there is someone to talk to and maybe even relate to, can be therapeutic and help an individual. Having young adults talk to other young adults about the common problems they are facing can be regarding for both parties.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None. Current staff and academic advisors will be used to implement the program

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3289 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 13, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HASSELL-THOMPSON, DIAZ, HUNTLEY, MONSERRATE, OPPEN- HEIMER, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring students enrolled in the undergraduate psychology program within the SUNY and CUNY systems to complete 12 hours of documented volunteer service with certain places or programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 355-d to read as follows: S 355-D. REQUIRED VOLUNTEER SERVICE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM. 1. EVERY STUDENT ENROLLED IN THE UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SYSTEM SHALL COMPLETE, IN ADDITION TO ESTABLISHED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, A MINIMUM OF TWELVE HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PLACES OR PROGRAMS: A. A SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND/OR CENTER; B. A DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND/OR CENTER; C. AN EATING DISORDER HOTLINE AND/OR COUNSELING CENTER; D. AN EXPRESSIVE THERAPY COUNSELING CENTER; E. OR ANY CALL CENTERS OR COUNSELING CENTERS WITH PROGRAMS THAT SPECIFICALLY PERTAIN TO ISSUES SUCH AS ABUSE, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS, OR SELF-ESTEEM AND WEIGHT DISORDERS. 2. EACH COLLEGE SHALL APPOINT A FACULTY MEMBER WITHIN THE UNDERGRADU- ATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR AN APPROPRIATE COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TO TRACK AND DOCUMENT A STUDENT'S COMPLETED HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE. SUCH FACULTY MEMBER OR COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SHALL BE RESPON- SIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT SUCH STUDENT MEETS PROGRAM STANDARDS AND FULFILLS THE REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.
3. THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE ANY RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6235 to read as follows: S 6235. REQUIRED VOLUNTEER SERVICE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE UNDER- GRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM. 1. EVERY STUDENT ENROLLED IN THE UNDERGRAD- UATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM WITHIN THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SYSTEM SHALL COMPLETE, IN ADDITION TO ESTABLISHED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, A MINIMUM OF TWELVE HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PLACES OR PROGRAMS: A. A SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND/OR CENTER; B. A DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND/OR CENTER; C. AN EATING DISORDER HOTLINE AND/OR COUNSELING CENTER; D. AN EXPRESSIVE THERAPY COUNSELING CENTER; E. OR ANY CALL CENTERS OR COUNSELING CENTERS WITH PROGRAMS THAT SPECIFICALLY PERTAIN TO ISSUES SUCH AS ABUSE, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS, OR SELF-ESTEEM AND WEIGHT DISORDERS. 2. EACH COLLEGE SHALL APPOINT A FACULTY MEMBER WITHIN THE UNDERGRADU- ATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR AN APPROPRIATE COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TO TRACK AND DOCUMENT A STUDENT'S COMPLETED HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE. SUCH FACULTY MEMBER OR COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SHALL BE RESPON- SIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT SUCH STUDENT MEETS PROGRAM STANDARDS AND FULFILLS THE REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. 3. THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE ANY RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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