Bill S3627A-2011

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on developmental disabilities

Requires every firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician and certified first responder to complete training on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Apr 18, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 3627A
  • Apr 18, 2011: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Feb 28, 2011: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S3627A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public health law, in relation to requiring police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and certified first responders to complete training in the appropriate recognition and response methods to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

PURPOSE: The proposed legislation will require police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technician and certified first responders to complete training in the appropriate recognition and response methods to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law by adding a new subdivision (h) stating that the commissioner shall develop and implement a curriculum and course of study on the risks associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the appropriate recognition and response methods relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to state that such training shall require every firefighter, once every thirty months, to complete the course of study as established by the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Section 837-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 that states that the course of study established by the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities will be maintained and implemented pursuant to subdivision (h) of section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law, which shall be completed once every thirty months by every police officer.

Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to state that the commissioner can require every certified responder, emergency medical technician and advanced emergency medical technician to complete a course of study, once every thirty months, as established by the commissioner of intellectual and developmental disabilities pursuant to subdivision (h) of section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law.

Section 5 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year there are an increasing number of incidences of people diagnosed with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities. with the growing number of cases firefighters, first responders, police officers and emergency technicians need to be properly trained, ready and able to serve all people.

People with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities sometimes require different treatment than those who do not suffer from these conditions. Without proper training to identify there is a condition and the skill necessary to handle the situation properly, there is the possibility that both the victim and the person providing the service may be injured or worse. To increase the safety of all individuals involved, training should be provided to reduce the chance of additional unnecessary problems or injuries caused by inexperience. Giving service providers/first responders the tools to assess and properly/safely handle themselves during all types of emergency scenarios, can only improves their effectiveness and increase their ability to keep all of our citizens safe. The state already recognizes that certain people with specific conditions require more specialized care, therefore, it is only logical that training be required of those who hold in their hands the responsibility of safety to our most vulnerable.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.5528-A Held in Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections 2, 3, and 4 of this act shall take effect June 1, 2012.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3627--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 28, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, the executive law and the public health law, in relation to requiring police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and certified first responders to complete training in the appropriate recognition and response methods to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13.09 of the mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new subdivision (h) to read as follows: (H) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A CURRICULUM AND COURSE OF STUDY TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AND INFORMATION TO FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS AND CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND THE APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION AND RESPONSE METHODS RELATING TO INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 156 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 6. Plan, coordinate and provide training for firefighters, both paid and volunteer, and related governmental officers and employees, relating to fire and arson prevention and control, and encourage expansion and improvement of local training facilities in cooperation with fire compa- nies, municipal corporations and districts. Such training shall be made available by video or computer to the maximum extent possible. The office shall adopt rules and regulations relating to such training, including but not limited to training standards used and the process by which training hours are allocated to counties as well as a uniform procedure for requesting and providing additional training hours. SUCH
TRAINING SHALL REQUIRE EVERY FIREFIGHTER, ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS, TO COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW. S 3. Section 837-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows: 10. MAINTAIN AND IMPLEMENT THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW, WHICH SHALL BE COMPLETED ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS BY EVERY POLICE OFFICER. S 4. Section 3011 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows: 12. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS REQUIRING EVERY CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDER, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN AND ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, ONCE EVERY THIRTY MONTHS, TO COMPLETE THE COURSE OF STUDY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (H) OF SECTION 13.09 OF THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately, except that sections two, three and four of this act shall take effect June 1, 2012.

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