Bill S398-2009

Rename the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as the office of developmental disability assistance

Renames the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as the office of developmental disability assistance.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Jan 7, 2009: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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 BILL NUMBER:  S398

TITLE OF BILL : An act in relation to renaming the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities as the office of developmental disability assistance

PURPOSE : To change the name of the New York state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to the 'Office of Developmental Disability Assistance'.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 renames the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as established by established by chapter 978 of the laws of 1977, to the office of developmental disability assistance.

JUSTIFICATION : The term mental retardation is used to describe a person with certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social skills. Mental Retardation is a mental illness. Unfortunately, the term's presence has spawned slang which some consider to be hateful speech.

The word 'retard' or 'retarded' has become mainstream in American culture when describing someone or something funny, different, disappointing, frustrating, difficult or stupid. Although most persons do not intend to be insulting, it is offensive to the developmentally disabled and to those close to such individuals. Although the terminology (i.e., 'retardation', 'retarded' ,'retard') is clinically correct, its negative connotation has become commonplace and imbedded in society. Many agencies throughout the Unites States have taken steps in ridding the word from titles, references and group names in an effort to accentuate hope and positivity.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007/2008 - S.7044 Remained in the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities/A.10019 Remained in the Assembly Committee on Mental Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 398 A. 1037 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. BRESLIN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. McENENY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT in relation to renaming the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities as the office of developmental disability assistance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law to the contrary, effective April 1, 2009, the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, within the department of mental hygiene, as established by chapter 978 of the laws of 1977, is hereby renamed the office of developmental disability assistance. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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