Relates to the licensing of acupuncturists and the practice of the profession of acupuncture; further establishes acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment.
Sponsor: NOZZOLIO / Co-sponsor(s): YOUNG, OPPENHEIMER, RANZENHOFER / Committee: HIGHER EDUCATION
Law Section: Education Law / Law: Amd SS8211, 8213, 8214, 8216 & 6507, add S8217, Ed L; amd S413, Soc Serv L
Sponsor: NOZZOLIO / Co-sponsor(s): YOUNG, OPPENHEIMER, RANZENHOFER / Committee: HIGHER EDUCATION
Law Section: Education Law / Law: Amd SS8211, 8213, 8214, 8216 & 6507, add S8217, Ed L; amd S413, Soc Serv L
- Jan 5, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 3511A
- Jan 5, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
- Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
- Feb 24, 2011: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
BILL NUMBER:S3511 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the social services law, in relation to the licensing of acupuncturists and the practice of the profession of acupuncture, and establishing acupuncturists as mandatory reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment PURPOSE: To make the statutory scope of practice of acupuncture conform to the traditional scope including the use of herbs that are part of acupuncture in oriental (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) medicine. To alter the composition of the state board to reflect the traditional scope of practice and require additional certification and continuing education in relation to such practice. To include acupuncturists among the mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and maltreatment. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph (a) of subdivision (1) of section 8211 of the education law to include the recommendation of diet, herbs, and natural products, and their preparation in accordance with traditional and modem East Asian or Oriental (Chinese, Korean or Japanese) medical theory within the definition of the profession of acupuncture. Section 2 of the bill amends subdivision (1) of section 8213 of the education law to alter the composition of the state board for acupuncture to provide for an additional two acupuncturist members and reduce the number of required physician members by one Section 3 of the bill amends section 8214 of the education law to require that any acupuncturist whose practice is to include the newly authorized recommendation of the custom-made remedies must submit evidence of successful passage of an approved herbal exam module. Section 4 of the bill adds a new subdivision (8) to section 8216 of the education law to make a limited exception to the state's licensing requirement for acupuncturists to any person who is an acupuncturist licensed to practice acupuncture in another state or country if he or she is conducting a teaching clinical demonstration in this state in connection with a program of basic clinical education, graduate education, or post-graduate education in an approved school of acupuncture or in its affiliated clinical facility or health care agency, or before a group of licensed acupuncturists who are members of a professional society. Section 5 of the bill adds a new section 8217 to the education law which will require acupuncturists to complete a mandatory continuing education program consisting of thirty-six hours of documented study during the course of each triennial licensing period. Section 6 and 7 of the bill amend paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 6507 of the education law and subdivision 1 of section 413 of the social services law to add acupuncturists to the list of statutorily required reporters of suspected child abuse and maltreatment and in connection therewith it requires acupuncturists to undertake at least two hours of licensure required coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. This training imposition is consistent with other provisions of law relating to now current mandatory reporters who also practice one of the other medically related professions. Section 8 is the effective date of the bill. JUSTIFICATION: The purpose of the bill is multi-faceted. It attempts to advance the profession of acupuncture and bring the permissible practices and protocols associated with the profession up to standards more appropriate to the needs of current patients. please note: This law is not intended to permit the compounding of prescription drugs and controlled substances, nor to permit any activities contrary to FDA regulations. By redefining the practice to include the recommendation of herbs, natural products, and diet in accordance with traditional and modem East Asian or Oriental (Chinese, Korean or Japanese) medical theory, the public will be more capably served. Given the nuances of such expansion, it is appropriate to alter the composition of the state board of acupuncture which oversees the licensing process, to require an additional certification process for the newly permissible authorization, and consistent with the same, require all acupuncturists to engage in a program of continuing education to keep themselves current with professional standards and public expectations. Including acupuncturists within the mandatory reporters in suspected child abuse and maltreatment also is a leap forward that will benefit the public. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.5512 2007-2008: A.10143 FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state. EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013; provided, however, that effective immediately, the state education department is authorized to take such steps in advance of such effective date, including the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation as may be necessary, to ensure the timely implementation of the provisions of this act on such effective date.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N SENATE February 24, 2011
Introduced by Sens. NOZZOLIO, YOUNG, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Higher Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit tee
AN ACT to amend the education law and the social services law, in relation to the licensing of acupuncturists and the practice of the profession of acupuncture, and establishing acupuncturists as mandato ry reporters of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 8211 of the education law, as added by chapter 772 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read as follows:
(a) "Profession of acupuncture" is the treating, by means of mechan ical, thermal or electrical stimulation effected by the insertion of needles or by the application of heat, pressure or electrical stimu lation at a point or combination of points on the surface of the body predetermined on the basis of the theory of the physiological interre lationship of body organs with an associated point or combination of points for diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the body for the purpose of achieving a therapeutic or prophylactic effect. THE PROFES SION OF ACUPUNCTURE INCLUDES RECOMMENDATION OF TRADITIONAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE RECOMMENDATION OF DIET, HERBS AND NATURAL PRODUCTS, AND THEIR PREPARATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH TRADITIONAL AND MODERN PRACTICES OF MODERN EAST ASIAN OR ORIENTAL (CHINESE, KOREAN OR JAPANESE) MEDICAL THEORY. ANY ACUPUNCTURIST WHOSE PRACTICE INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDATION OF CUSTOM-MADE REMEDIES OR HERBAL FORMULATIONS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENT IMPOSED BY THE EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05555-03-2
S. 3511--A 2 PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION EIGHT-A OF SECTION EIGHTY-TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE.
S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 8213 of the education law, as added by chapter 772 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read as follows:
(1)(A) There is hereby established within the department a state board for acupuncture. [
The] ON AND BEFORE SEPTEMBER THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, THE board shall consist of not less than eleven members to be appointed by the board of regents on the recommendation of the commis sioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the depart ment on matters of professional licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this [ chapter] TITLE, four of whom shall be licensed acupuncturists, four of whom shall be licensed physicians certified to use acupuncture and three of whom shall be public members representing the consumer and community. [ Of the acupuncturists first appointed to the board, one may be a registered specialist's assistant-acupuncture provided that the term of such regis- tered specialist's assistant-acupuncture shall not be more than four years.] Of the members first appointed, three shall be appointed for a one year term, three shall be appointed for a two year term and three shall be appointed for a three year term, and two shall be appointed for a four year term. Thereafter all members shall serve for five year terms. In the event that more than eleven members are appointed, a majority of the additional members shall be licensed acupuncturists. The members of the board shall select one of themselves as chairman to serve for a one year term. (B) ON AND AFTER OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, THE BOARD SHALL CONSIST OF NOT LESS THAN TWELVE MEMBERS APPOINTED AS SPECIFIED IN PARA GRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, EXCEPT THAT AT LEAST SIX OF SUCH MEMBERS SHALL BE LICENSED ACUPUNCTURISTS, THREE OF SUCH MEMBERS SHALL BE LICENSED PHYSICIANS CERTIFIED TO USE ACUPUNCTURE AND THREE OF WHOM SHALL BE PUBLIC MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE CONSUMER AND COMMUNITY. NO MEMBER WHO IS A LICENSED PHYSICIAN CERTIFIED TO USE ACUPUNCTURE AND WHO IS SERVING ON THE BOARD ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE REQUIRED TO VACATE HIS OR HER POSITION AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD AS A RESULT OF THE REDUCTION IN SUCH PHYSICIAN MEMBERS FROM FOUR TO THREE AS SPECIFIED IN THIS PARAGRAPH, BUT SUCH CHANGE IN COMPOSITION SHALL BE MADE UPON THE EXPIRATION OF TERMS OF OFFICE, OR VACANCIES IN OFFICE, OCCURRING ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE.
S 3. Subdivision 8 of section 8214 of the education law, as added by chapter 772 of the laws of 1990, is amended and a new subdivision 8-a is added to read as follows:
(8) Registration: if a license is granted, register triennially with the department, including present home and business address and such other pertinent information as the department requires[
.]; AND (8-A) SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR RECOMMENDATION OF CUSTOM-MADE REMEDIES OR HERBAL FORMULATIONS: ON AND AFTER OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIR TEEN, AN APPLICANT WHOSE PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE SHALL INCLUDE THE RECOMMENDATION OF CUSTOM-MADE REMEDIES OR HERBAL FORMULATIONS MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF SUCCESSFUL PASSAGE OF THE HERBAL EXAMINATION MODULE OF A NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION IN THE FIELD OF ACUPUNCTURE RECOGNIZED FOR THIS PURPOSE BY THE COMMISSIONER.
Section 8216 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
(8) ANY PERSON WHO IS AN ACUPUNCTURIST LICENSED TO PRACTICE ACUPUNC TURE IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY MAY PRACTICE ACUPUNCTURE IN THIS STATE S. 3511--A 3 WITHOUT A LICENSE IF HE OR SHE IS CONDUCTING A TEACHING CLINICAL DEMON STRATION IN THIS STATE IN CONNECTION WITH A PROGRAM OF BASIC CLINICAL EDUCATION, GRADUATE EDUCATION, OR POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION IN AN APPROVED SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE OR IN ITS AFFILIATED CLINICAL FACILITY OR HEALTH CARE AGENCY, OR BEFORE A GROUP OF LICENSED ACUPUNCTURISTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY.
S 5. The education law is amended by adding a new section 8217 to read as follows:
S 8217. MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION. 1. (A) EACH LICENSED ACUPUNC TURIST REQUIRED UNDER ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY OF THIS CHAPTER TO REGISTER TRIENNIALLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT TO PRACTICE IN THE STATE SHALL COMPLY WITH PROVISIONS OF THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIRE MENTS PRESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPHS (B) AND (C) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. ACUPUNCTURISTS WHO DO NOT SATISFY THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS SHALL NOT PRAC TICE UNTIL THEY HAVE MET SUCH REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT THAT AN ACUPUNCTURIST MAY PRACTICE WITHOUT HAVING MET SUCH REQUIREMENTS IF HE OR SHE IS ISSUED A CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE AS SPECIFIED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION. (B) ACUPUNCTURISTS SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD DURING WHICH THEY ARE FIRST LICENSED. IN ACCORD WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SECTION, ADJUSTMENT TO THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT MAY BE GRANTED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR REASONS OF HEALTH CERTIFIED BY AN APPRO PRIATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, FOR EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY WITH THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, OR FOR OTHER GOOD CAUSE ACCEPTABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT WHICH MAY PREVENT COMPLIANCE. (C) A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST NOT ENGAGED IN PRACTICE AS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT, SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT UPON THE FILING OF A STATEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT DECLARING SUCH STATUS. ANY LICENSEE WHO RETURNS TO THE PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE DURING THE TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO REENTERING THE PROFESSION AND SHALL MEET SUCH MANDATORY EDUCA TION REQUIREMENTS AS SHALL BE PRESCRIBED BY REGULATIONS OF THE COMMIS SIONER. 2. DURING EACH TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD AN APPLICANT FOR REGIS TRATION SHALL COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF THIRTY-SIX HOURS OF ACCEPTABLE FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION, AS SPECIFIED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION, PROVIDED THAT NO MORE THAN EIGHTEEN HOURS OF SUCH CONTINUING EDUCATION SHALL CONSIST OF SELF-STUDY COURSES. ANY ACUPUNCTURIST WHOSE FIRST REGISTRATION DATE FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION OCCURS LESS THAN THREE YEARS FROM SUCH EFFECTIVE DATE, BUT ON OR AFTER OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, SHALL COMPLETE CONTINUING EDUCA TION HOURS ON A PRORATED BASIS AT THE RATE OF ONE HOUR PER MONTH FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN UP TO THE FIRST REGISTRATION DATE THEREAFTER, BUT NO ACUPUNCTURIST SHALL IN ANY EVENT BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE LESS THAN SIX HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION. A LICENSEE WHO HAS NOT SATISFIED THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS SHALL NOT BE ISSUED A TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL NOT PRACTICE UNLESS AND UNTIL A CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED AS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION. CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS TAKEN DURING ONE TRIENNIUM MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO A SUBSEQUENT TRIENNIUM. THE MANDATORY CONTIN UING EDUCATION FEE SHALL BE THIRTY DOLLARS, SHALL BE PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF EACH TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD, AND SHALL BE S. 3511--A 4 PAID IN ADDITION TO THE TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION FEE REQUIRED BY SECTION SIXTY-SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR OF THIS TITLE. 3. THE DEPARTMENT, IN ITS DISCRETION, MAY ISSUE A CONDITIONAL REGIS TRATION TO A LICENSEE WHO FAILS TO MEET THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION BUT WHO AGREES TO MAKE UP ANY DEFICIENCIES AND COMPLETE ANY ADDITIONAL EDUCATION WHICH THE DEPARTMENT MAY REQUIRE. THE FEE FOR SUCH A CONDITIONAL REGIS TRATION SHALL BE THE SAME AS, AND IN ADDITION TO, THE FEE FOR THE TRIEN NIAL REGISTRATION. THE DURATION OF SUCH CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT BUT SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE YEAR. ANY LICENSEE WHO IS NOTIFIED OF THE DENIAL OF REGISTRATION FOR FAILURE TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE, SATISFACTORY TO THE DEPARTMENT, OF REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION AND WHO PRACTICES ACUPUNCTURE WITHOUT SUCH REGISTRATION, MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TEN OF THIS TITLE. 4. (A) AS USED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, "ACCEPTABLE FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION" SHALL MEAN FORMAL COURSES OF LEARNING WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN ACUPUNCTURE AND WHICH MEET THE STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER. THE DEPARTMENT MAY, IN ITS DISCRETION AND AS NEEDED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE PUBLIC, REQUIRE THE COMPLETION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES IN SPECIFIC SUBJECTS. TO FULFILL THIS MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT, COURSES SHALL BE TAKEN FROM A SPONSOR APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, PURSUANT TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OR OTHERWISE QUALIFY PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. (B) ANY ACUPUNCTURIST WHO (I) IS A PROFESSOR, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OR INSTRUCTOR AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOCATED IN THIS STATE OR (II) IS SPONSORED BY AN APPROVED INSTITUTION OR ASSOCIATION AND WHO SERVES AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN A COURSE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION WHICH IS APPROVED AS SPECIFIED IN THE STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER, MAY RECEIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT FOR COURSES IN WHICH HE OR SHE SERVES AS THE INSTRUCTOR. FOR EVERY TWELVE HOURS OF IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION, SUCH ACUPUNCTURIST SHALL RECEIVE ONE HOUR OF CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT, UP TO A MAXIMUM OF EIGHTEEN HOURS, FOR ANY TRIENNIAL PERIOD. EVIDENCE OF SUCH INSTRUCTION SHALL BE SUBMITTED, AND CREDIT APPROVED, AS SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER. 5. ACUPUNCTURISTS SHALL MAINTAIN ADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION OF COMPLETION OF ACCEPTABLE FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION AND SHALL PROVIDE SUCH DOCUMENTATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUCH DOCUMENTATION UPON THE REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE
AN ACT OF MISCONDUCT SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TEN OF THIS TITLE.
S 6. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 6507 of the education law, as amended by chapter 356 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
a. Establish standards for preprofessional and professional education, experience and licensing examinations as required to implement the arti cle for each profession. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commissioner shall establish standards requiring that all persons apply ing, on or after January first, nineteen hundred ninety-one, initially, or for the renewal of, a license, registration or limited permit to be a physician, chiropractor, dentist, registered nurse, podiatrist, ACUPUNC TURIST, optometrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed master social worker, licensed clinical social worker, licensed creative arts thera pist, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed mental health counselor, licensed psychoanalyst, or dental hygienist shall, in addi S. 3511--A 5 tion to all the other licensure, certification or permit requirements, have completed two hours of coursework or training regarding the iden tification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The coursework or training shall be obtained from an institution or provider which has been approved by the department to provide such coursework or training. The coursework or training shall include information regarding the phys ical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and maltreatment and the statutory reporting requirements set out in sections four hundred thir teen through four hundred twenty of the social services law, including but not limited to, when and how a report must be made, what other actions the reporter is mandated or authorized to take, the legal protections afforded reporters, and the consequences for failing to report. Such coursework or training may also include information regard ing the physical and behavioral indicators of the abuse of individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities and volun tary reporting of abused or neglected adults to the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities or the local adult protective services unit. Each applicant shall provide the department with documen tation showing that he or she has completed the required training. The department shall provide an exemption from the child abuse and maltreat ment training requirements to any applicant who requests such an exemption and who shows, to the department's satisfaction, that there would be no need because of the nature of his or her practice for him or her to complete such training;
S 7. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 413 of the social services law, as amended by chapter 91 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
(a) The following persons and officials are required to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with this title when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated child, or when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused or maltreated child where the parent, guardian, custodian or other person legally responsible for such child comes before them in their profes sional or official capacity and states from personal knowledge facts, conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an abused or maltreated child: any physician; registered physician assist ant; surgeon; medical examiner; coroner; dentist; dental hygienist; osteopath; optometrist; chiropractor; podiatrist; ACUPUNCTURIST; resi dent; intern; psychologist; registered nurse; social worker; emergency medical technician; licensed creative arts therapist; licensed marriage and family therapist; licensed mental health counselor; licensed psycho analyst; hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons; a Christian Science practitioner; school offi cial, which includes but is not limited to school teacher, school guid ance counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, school administrator or other school personnel required to hold a teach ing or administrative license or certificate; social services worker; director of a children's overnight camp, summer day camp or traveling summer day camp, as such camps are defined in section thirteen hundred ninety-two of the public health law; day care center worker; school-age child care worker; provider of family or group family day care; employee or volunteer in a residential care facility defined in subdivision four of section four hundred twelve-a of this title or any other child care or foster care worker; mental health professional; substance abuse coun selor; alcoholism counselor; all persons credentialed by the office of S. 3511--A 6 alcoholism and substance abuse services; peace officer; police officer; district attorney or assistant district attorney; investigator employed in the office of a district attorney; or other law enforcement official.
S 8. This act shall take effect October 1, 2013; provided, however, that effective immediately, the state education department is authorized to take such steps in advance of such effective date, including the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation as may be necessary, to ensure the timely implementation of the provisions of this act on such effective date.