Establishes a registry to help locate individuals with autism, Alzheimer's and dementia in the event they go missing.
Ayes (31): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Perkins, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
Ayes W/R (3): Griffo, Peralta, Rivera
Excused (1): Marcellino
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to assisting state and local law enforcement agencies in establishing a registry to locate certain missing individuals
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to establish a voluntary registry of individuals with Autism, Alzheimer's or Dementia who may be at risk of wandering away from home. This legislation would make a standardized form available that may be submitted to local law enforcement agencies by family members and caregivers of such individuals. This form would include identifying information and may include a photograph of the registrant.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new subdivision (19) to Section 837 of the Executive Law to direct the Division of Criminal Justice Services to promulgate, in consultation with the Commissioner of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, a voluntary registry that may be established and used by state and local law enforcement agencies.
JUSTIFICATION: A voluntary registry would enable caretakers and loved ones to register individuals with Autism, Alzheimer's or Dementia with state or local law enforcement agencies. By filing such a form, law enforcement personnel may be more equipped with vital information, including a photograph of the individual, to help locate or identify the person if they are wandering or lost.
Many localities across the country have implemented similar measures to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Such measure would benefit the affected individual, family and law enforcement personnel by enabling them to refer to a standardized form to help locate the missing individual at a point when time is most critical.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4643 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to assisting state and local law enforcement agencies in establishing a registry to locate certain missing individuals THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 837 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 19 to read as follows: 19. PROMULGATE, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL RETAR- DATION AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, A STANDARDIZED FORM THAT MAY BE USED BY STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AS A VOLUNTARY REGISTRY TO HELP LOCATE PERSONS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE OR OTHER DEMENTIA, OR WHO ARE OTHERWISE UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE AND WHO LOSE THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE FAMILIAR PLACES OR FACES. SUCH FORM MAY INCLUDE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THE MISSING REGISTRANT SUCH AS PHYSICAL FEATURES, MEDICAL CONDITIONS, WHETHER THE PERSON IS NON-VERBAL, AND NAMES OF FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO CONTACT IF THE PERSON IS LOCATED. SUCH FORM MAY ALSO PROVIDE FOR A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE REGISTRANT TO BE SUBMITTED WITH THE FORM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately the division of criminal justice services is authorized to take any and all actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04258-01-1